Rockies improve to 6-2 away from Coors

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Colorado Rockies keep playing better at
sea level than in their mile-high home.

Clint Barmes homered and drove in two runs and Brad Hawpe added
two RBI, leading the Rockies to a 7-6 victory over the
Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.

The Rockies nearly wasted a six-run lead, but held on for their
sixth victory in eight road games. Since its inaugural season in
1993, Colorado struggled away from Coors Field, going 395-628 in
its first 13 seasons.

"It's really nice for our team to get another road win,
especially after a tough one-run loss," manager Clint Hurdle said.
"It's another step in the right direction for us, no doubt."

Sal Fasano had two RBI doubles for the Phillies, who dropped to
4-9 at home.

Rockies reliever Ramon Ramirez (1-0) pitched 2 1-3 hitless
innings to earn his first major league victory. Brian Fuentes
walked two in the ninth but earned his third save, extending his
franchise record to 20 straight.

"I felt real comfortable out there," Ramirez said through
interpreter Jose Mesa, who pitched a scoreless eighth inning. "I'm
happy to be in this situation."

Miguel Asencio, making his first start in three years, gave up
six runs -- two earned -- and seven hits in 3 2-3 innings. Asencio
had multiple operations on his right elbow since 2003.

Phillies starter Gavin Floyd (1-2) lasted 3 1-3 innings,
allowing seven runs -- six earned -- and six hits. A former
first-round draft pick who earned a spot in the rotation with an
excellent spring training, Floyd has struggled, posting an 8.50 ERA
in four starts.

"Gavin had a rough outing," manager Charlie Manuel said. "I'm
concerned about him. At the same time, he's young, he needs
experience. If we want him to develop, we keep sending him out

The Rockies scored three runs in the first on a two-run single
by Hawpe and an RBI single by Eli Marrero. Barmes hit a solo shot
to left in the second to make it 4-0.

"We put runs up early and the relievers did a good job," Hawpe

An RBI double by Fasano cut it to 4-1 in the second, but the
Rockies added three runs in the fourth.

Cory Sullivan's one-out, RBI double chased Floyd and put runners
on second and third. Geoff Geary came in and got Barmes to hit a
grounder to shortstop Jimmy Rollins, but his throw sailed over
first baseman Ryan Howard's head, allowing both runners to score.

The Phillies scored five runs in the bottom half of the inning,
aided by an error on shortstop Barmes. With one out, Aaron Rowand
reached on a throwing error by Barmes and David Bell singled.
Consecutive doubles by Fasano and Geary cut it to 7-3. Rollins
drove in a run on a grounder to first base and Chase Utley followed
with an RBI double. Bobby Abreu's run-scoring single up the middle
got the Phillies within one run.

"I got behind hitters and made poor pitches," Floyd said. "I
thought a lot instead of letting things happen. I didn't attack
guys like I normally do."

Game notes
Fans booed loudly when Manuel allowed Geary to bat with one
out and two runners on in the fourth. But Geary lined his first
career double to right field and got his first RBI. ... The
Phillies still don't have a triple this season. ... Sullivan got
his first RBI this season on his double. ... Phillies reliever
Julio Santana wasn't available because of a stomach virus. ...
Philadelphia's bullpen has allowed one earned run in its last 15
innings. ... Ramirez singled in the sixth inning and is 2-for-2
this season.