DENVER (AP) -- Chase Utley started a little late this season.
Utley was in a 1-for-19 slide with no homers this season before
connecting twice in Thursday's 7-6 win at Atlanta.
"It doesn't look too much different, to be honest with you,"
he said. "I feel a little more comfortable at the plate and these
last few days, I haven't missed the balls that I should have."
He doubled in the first, followed Pat Burrell's homer in the
third with one of his own, then hit a grand slam on Sunny Kim's
first pitch to him in the fourth. Utley, who flied out in the sixth
and eighth innings, had his fourth game with five RBI, his second
at Coors Field.
"It's a great place to hit," Utley said of Coors Field. "You
can see the ball well, and it definitely travels. It's a big park,
but it definitely travels well."
Aaron Rowand also homered for the Phillies, who outhit Colorado
"Tonight, his first three at-bats, he had a really good swing.
He has a good swing and controls it really good," Philadelphia
manager Charlie Manuel said of Utley. "He has good balance and
Trailing 10-4, Colorado closed the gap to three when Matt
Holliday hit a three-run double in the ninth off Julio Santana. Tom
Gordon relieved, retired Luis Gonzalez on a groundout, then walked
pinch-hitter Jason Smith, putting runners at the corners.
The Rockies didn't dispute the call.
"Bad baserunning play," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said.
"I felt awful," Smith said. "Especially when the game ended
the way it did."
Gordon got his third save in three chances.
Ryan Madson (1-0) allowed four runs and 11 hits in seven innings
and also went 3-for-3.
"I just wanted to get out of there so they could hit because I
wanted to watch them hit all night," Madson said. "I didn't want
to make an out so that someone else could get another at-bat."
Colorado starter Zach Day (1-1) gave up five runs and seven hits
in 2 2-3 innings.
"Zach was very hittable," Hurdle said. "He didn't have any
Garrett Atkins had four hits and two RBI for the Rockies.
Madson got his first major league hit. ... Madson threw 30
pitches in the first inning, including 13 to leadoff hitter Cory
Sullivan. ... The Phillies had back-to-back home runs for the first
time this year. ... Colorado RHP Byung-Hyun Kim (strained right
hamstring) is scheduled to make a 60-pitch rehab outing Saturday
for Triple-A Colorado Springs. ... Atkins batted cleanup for the
seventh straight game. ... RHP Ramon Ramirez made his major league
debut for Colorado and pitched two scoreless innings with two