PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Philadelphia Phillies keep losing
important games and losing key players to injuries.
The Phillies, who remained six games behind NL East-leading
Atlanta, have lost two straight to the Rockies, who have the
third-worst record in the NL. Philadelphia trails Chicago by 3½
games in the wild-card race.
Even worse, the Phillies learned starter Kevin Millwood will be
out indefinitely because of a sprained ligament and a strained
tendon in his pitching elbow. On Monday, slugger Pat Burrell
decided to have season-ending wrist surgery later this week.
"It's not over, but we're not helping ourselves," said fill-in
closer Tim Worrell, who gave up three runs in the ninth.
Worrell, signed to be a setup reliever, is replacing Billy
Wagner, who is sidelined with a shoulder injury.
Castilla also had a tiebreaking, two-run double with two outs in
the eighth inning of Monday's 4-2 victory.
"It's nice to have a guy that can take a big swing and make
something happen," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.
With the Rockies trailing 3-2 in the ninth, Todd Helton led off
with a double against Worrell (3-5), then was thrown out at third
on Preston Wilson's grounder to second. But Burnitz walked and
Castilla followed with a line drive just out of right fielder Bobby
Abreu's reach, driving in two runs.
Castilla scored Colorado's fifth run on a sacrifice fly by Luis
"Obviously, we've got to get hot and get some momentum,"
Lieberthal said. "Every game is a playoff game now. We're not
pushing any panic buttons yet, but every game is a big game."
Vicente Padilla, making his first start since May 29 because of
an elbow injury, allowed one run and three hits, striking out five
in five innings.
Padilla retired his first 11 batters before Helton hit a
ground-rule double down the right-field line.
"Padilla threw well," Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. "That
part worked out. The rest of the night didn't turn out too well."
In his first start since being sidelined with a shoulder injury
last month, Joe Kennedy gave up one run and four hits in five
innings for the Rockies.
Johnson gave Colorado a 2-1 lead with his 13th homer in the
seventh. Amaury Telemaco retired the first five batters he faced
before Johnson hit a 1-2 pitch deep into the left-center seats.
"It's always good to grind it out when things aren't going the
way you want them to offensively," Johnson said.
Jason Michaels led off the bottom of the inning against Scott
Dohmann with a shot to nearly the same spot, tying the game at 2.
Burnitz tied it at 1 with a homer leading off the fifth. He hit
a 3-0 pitch the opposite way into the left-field seats.
The Phillies took a 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly by Marlon Byrd
in the second. Lieberthal led off the inning with a double, moved
to third on Chase Utley's fly to center and scored on Byrd's liner
The Rockies have won five straight road games and are 11-3
in their last 14 away from home. ... Phillies 3B David Bell missed
his second straight game with back spasms. ... Johnson was 5-for-37
before his homer. ... Burnitz was 3-for-18 against Padilla before
his homer. ... The Phillies are 19-8 against the NL West.