Series: Game 4 of 4

Colorado won 3-1

Game 1: Monday, August 9
Game 2: Tuesday, August 10
in 10
Game 3: Wednesday, August 11
Game 4: Thursday, August 12

Rockies 3

(52-63, 23-32 away)

Phillies 1

(59-56, 30-27 home)

    7:05 PM ET, August 12, 2004

    Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    W: S. Estes (13-4)

    L: C. Lidle (7-11)

    S: S. Chacon (29)

    Lidle loses Phillies debut

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Shawn Estes was far from worried when he started struggling with his command against the Philadelphia Phillies.

    "It's a confidence more than anything that I know I can get it done," Estes said.

    Estes allowed one run in six innings and Royce Clayton hit a two-run homer to lead the Colorado Rockies to a 3-1 victory Thursday night.

    A day after hitting a season-high six home runs, the Phillies were stymied by Estes (13-4). The left-hander scattered four hits, struck out three and walked four to win his fifth straight decision.

    Only 46 of his 90 pitches were strikes, however. Still, Estes won three straight starts for the first time this season and improved to 6-3 on the road. He hasn't lost on the road since May 23 at New York.

    "I didn't feel completely confident in my command early, but there were at-bats where I felt like that it was real good," Estes said. "It was there more than it wasn't and when you can do that, you can get guys out."

    Tim Harikkala pitched two perfect innings, and Shawn Chacon allowed a hit but struck out the side in the ninth for his 29th save in 37 chances, completing the five-hitter.

    "You can go back to early in the season when we played really bad and it's like a total 180 that we've done," Chacon said.

    Clayton gave the Rockies a 2-0 lead in the third inning with his eighth homer, a two-run shot to left off Corey Lidle (7-11) in his Phillies debut. Lidle was traded by Cincinnati on Monday, a day after he beat the Rockies, though he allowed nine hits and three runs in that start.

    Lidle struggled with his control most of Thursday's game, walking three and giving up three hits in five innings on three days' rest. Manager Larry Bowa said before the game he offered to give Lidle an extra day off, but the right-hander said he felt good enough to pitch.

    "I got tired a little bit quicker than usual, but I thought I threw a pretty good game," Lidle said.

    Tomas Perez hit a leadoff triple in the fifth, lining a pitch to left that bounced off the wall and rolled around the outfield. One out later, pinch-hitter Lou Collier walked and Jimmy Rollins followed with an RBI single.

    Placido Polanco then grounded into his second double play of the game, ending the rally.

    Estes has induced an NL-best 23 groundball double plays.

    "I feel confident in getting the groundball when I need to, I just wish that I would get that groundball before a guy would get on first base," Estes said. "I have a knack for getting that groundball when I need it and I don't know why."

    The Phillies' offense reverted to its recent anemic form after scoring 15 runs Wednesday. Bowa shuffled the lineup for the second straight game, moving Jim Thome up a spot to third in the order for only the 10th time this year. Slumping catcher Mike Lieberthal batted fifth for the fourth time this season.

    Unlike the previous night, the shake-up didn't work. Thome went 0-for-4, and Lieberthal was 2-for-3 but hit into an inning-ending double play against Estes in the sixth.

    "We didn't do anything on offense tonight," Bowa said. "It doesn't matter who you lose to when you lose three out of four."

    Clayton nearly had another homer with one out in the eighth when his shot to right appeared to be touched by a fan who reached over the wall. The umpires ruled it a double and manager Clint Hurdle came out for a brief argument, but the call stood.

    "I don't think it was a home run -- it was a home run," Hurdle said.

    After Todd Jones intentionally walked Todd Helton, he got Vinny Castilla to fly out but Jeromy Burnitz followed with an RBI single to make it 3-1.

    Game notes

    Colorado left fielder Mark Sweeney made a nice hustling catch, running into the corner on a long fly by Thome, who's tied for the NL lead in homers with 35. ... Phillies third baseman David Bell will have an MRI and bone scan on his injured back Friday. He's listed as day to day with back spasms.

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