Final

Series: Game 3 of 4

Colorado leads 2-1 (as of 8/11)

Game 1: Monday, August 9
Colorado4Final
Philadelphia2
Game 2: Tuesday, August 10
Colorado5Final
in 10
Philadelphia4
Game 3: Wednesday, August 11
Colorado4Final
Philadelphia15
Game 4: Thursday, August 12
Colorado3Final
Philadelphia1

Rockies 4

(51-63, 22-32 away)

Phillies 15

(59-55, 30-26 home)

    7:05 PM ET, August 11, 2004

    Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

    123456789 R H E
    COL 000400000 4 10 0
    PHI 01420233 - 15 14 0

    W: R. Wolf (5-7)

    L: J. Jennings (10-10)

    Wolf, Thome homer twice in rout

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Randy Wolf gave Philadelphia exactly what it needed: a strong effort on the mound and some pop in a listless lineup.

    Wolf homered twice, giving him three this season, and threw seven solid innings to lead the Phillies to a 15-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.

    "It's nice to absorb it and enjoy it, because who knows if it will ever happen again," Wolf said.

    Wolf, who has four career homers, went 3-for-3 and scored three runs in becoming the first major league pitcher to homer twice in a game since the Phillies' Robert Person did it on June 2, 2002, against Montreal.

    Wolf (5-7) also won for only the third time since June 1, allowing four runs, striking out six and walking none in seven innings. It was an encouraging performance on the mound for Wolf, who pitched at least seven innings for only the third time in 15 starts, going 3-6 with six no-decisions in that span.

    "It was nice to have a cushion late in the game. It helps those ulcers out a lot," Wolf said.

    Jim Thome also homered twice, Chase Utley hit a three-run homer and Jimmy Rollins added a two-run shot for the Phillies, who lost the first two games of the series to Colorado.

    The six homers were a season high for Philadelphia, which scored more than 10 runs for the first time since July 1.

    The Phillies remained 3½ games behind Chicago in the wild-card race, and trail Atlanta by six games in the NL East.

    "This could jump-start us," manager Larry Bowa said. "This could be something you build on."

    Wolf gave the struggling Phillies' offense a huge lift. He hit a solo shot to right in the third off Jason Jennings (10-10) and another in the sixth off Adam Bernero that just cleared the right-field wall.

    Wolf was cheered wildly by the crowd of 40,634 at Citizens Bank Park while rounding the bases, and he came out for a curtain call and tipped his cap after the second one.

    Wolf also ripped a singled up the middle in the fourth and scored on Rollins' homer.

    "Wolf's a decent hitter," Jennings said. "He has an idea what he's doing up there."

    He's batting .308 (12-for-39) with three homers and eight RBI. Wolf has one more RBI than reserve outfielder Doug Glanville in 82 fewer at-bats, and one less than backup catcher Todd Pratt.

    "Wolfie Little Leagued us," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.

    Bowa has considered using Wolf as a pinch hitter, and the lefty said he never wants to waste an at-bat.

    "When you have a spot in the lineup, you have a chance to help yourself win," he said. "You never know when you might get lucky."

    Philadelphia's offense needed a boost after scoring only 13 runs in the last four games. Bowa juggled the lineup, batting Utley third for the first time this season and dropped Bobby Abreu to the fifth spot.

    The Phillies' offense got going early against Jennings, jumping out to a 5-0 lead -- thanks to homers by Wolf and Thome in the third.

    Jennings allowed six hits and seven runs in four innings.

    The Rockies tagged Wolf for four more runs in the fourth with a three-run double by Matt Holliday and an RBI single by Charles Johnson.

    Wolf settled down after that, facing nine batters the next three innings, wiping out the only batter that reached on a double play.

    He added some insurance with a two-run homer in the sixth, and Thome hit a solo shot -- his 35th -- in the seventh.

    Mike Lieberthal had an RBI double and Jason Michaels a run-scoring single in the seventh, and Utley hit a three-run homer in the eighth.

    Game notes


    Wolf also homered on April 24 at Montreal. It was the first home run by a pitcher at Philly's new park. ... The start of the game was delayed 56 minutes by rain. ... The Phillies traded RHP Elizardo Ramirez to Cincinnati as the player to be named in the deal for Cory Lidle. Ramirez spent most of the season in the minors, though he was 0-0 with a 4.80 ERA in seven games with the Phillies. ... Thome had his 35th career multihomer game. ... LF Pat Burrell has delayed season-ending surgery that was scheduled for Friday. Burrell said his wrist was feeling better, will continue to wear his splint and may seek a second opinion.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press

    SPONSORED HEADLINES