Final

Series: Game 2 of 4

Philadelphia leads 2-0 (as of 5/15)

Game 1: Friday, May 14
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Colorado4
Game 2: Saturday, May 15
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Colorado5
Game 3: Sunday, May 16
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Game 4: Monday, May 17
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Phillies 16

(19-15, 12-8 away)

Rockies 5

(14-21, 9-11 home)

3:05 PM ET, May 15, 2004

Coors Field, Denver, Colorado 

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W: B. Myers (2-2)

L: S. Elarton (0-6)

Abreu homers, drives in five

DENVER (AP) -- The Philadelphia Phillies hope their offensive outburst is a sign of things to come.

Bobby Abreu homered and drove in a season-high five runs, and Jimmy Rollins had four of Philadelphia's season-high 18 hits in the Phillies' 16-5 rout of the Colorado Rockies on Saturday.

"Today, everybody was on the same train and hopefully that train is still rolling tomorrow," Rollins said. "We have days, like last year, we'd score 20, 30 runs and score one the next day."

The Phillies, who also had a season high for runs, improved to 7-1 on their 10-game road trip. They have won nine of their last 12 overall despite getting off to a slow start offensively.

"We figured we'd score runs and we knew we were going to strike out when we broke camp," manager Larry Bowa said. "We just didn't think it was going to be six guys hitting under .250 after the first five or six weeks."

Rollins went 4-for-6 for his second four-hit game of the season, and scored four times and drove in a run. Abreu was 3-for-3, including his 10th homer. Marlon Byrd and David Bell also had three hits.

"We just put everything together," Abreu said. "Our pitching is doing good, we're scoring a lot of runs -- getting on base."

Brett Myers (2-2) gave up four runs and five hits in six innings to win successive starts.

Scott Elarton (0-6) set a franchise record by losing his sixth straight decision to start a season. Elarton, who last won on Sept. 19 of last year, gave up seven runs and nine hits in four innings and was designated for assignment after the game.

"I don't blame them for the decision," Elarton said. "I wish I had the answer to what's wrong. Today it was like I just ran out of ideas."

Todd Helton homered and had two RBI, and Vinny Castilla and Royce Clayton hit solo home runs for Colorado, which has lost of eight of 11.

Rollins singled and Abreu doubled in the first inning, and both scored on Jim Thome's RBI single. Helton cut the deficit to 2-1 with a solo homer in the bottom half.

Philadelphia started to pull away in the third when it loaded the bases on a single by Rollins, and walks to Abreu and Thome. Rollins scored on Pat Burrell's sacrifice fly, and Abreu came home on a wild pitch by Elarton.

Rollins and Abreu drove in runs with RBI singles, and Thome's groundout scored Rollins in the fourth inning to make it 7-1.

Luis Gonzalez's RBI groundout and a solo homer by Clayton in the fifth inning cut the Rockies' deficit to 7-3.

Rollins scored his fourth run in a three-run sixth when Burrell drove him in with an infield single. Abreu scored another run when Castilla made an error on a ball hit by Mike Lieberthal. Bell hit an RBI single to right to make it 10-3.

Castilla hit a solo homer in the sixth for Colorado.

In the eighth, Abreu hit a three-run homer and Byrd had a two-run double.

"Offensively, we weren't able to muster a whole lot, and pitching-wise, we weren't able to stop them," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "We had over 200 pitches off the mound."< ^Notes@: Injured Phillies second baseman Placido Polanco took batting practice and ran in the outfield before the game. Polanco (strained left quad muscle) is due off the DL on May 23. ... Thome heard catcalls after a fourth-inning throwing error. ... Castilla's error was his first of the season. ... Colorado placed RHP Turk Wendell on the 15-day DL, retroactive to May 13, with stiffness in his right shoulder. The Rockies recalled RHP Scott Dohmann from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

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