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Rockies beat Phillies, improve to 7-3 on the road

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Even outside of Coors Field, Garrett Atkins
found out the ball travels far when it's hit well.

"They outplayed us. I've been saying that all year. It's getting old."
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel

Atkins' tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning helped
the Colorado Rockies beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-3 on
Thursday.

Aaron Cook pitched seven strong innings and Brad Hawpe went
3-for-5 with a solo homer for Colorado, which improved to 7-3 on
the road.

Matt Holliday started the eighth inning with a single off Ryan
Franklin (1-2). Atkins then hit a 1-2 pitch off the brick batter's
eye beyond the center-field wall for his third homer, giving
Colorado a 5-3 lead. Atkins also had an RBI single in the ninth.

"I had two strikes, so I was looking for something to hit. He
left it out over the middle of the plate and I was able to hit it
good," Atkins said of his 430-foot drive.

Pat Burrell had a two-run single for the Phillies, who fell to
5-10 at home.

"They outplayed us," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
"I've been saying that all year. It's getting old."

Cook (2-3) allowed three runs -- two earned -- and six hits. Ray
King and Jose Mesa combined for a scoreless eighth and Brian
Fuentes finished for his fourth save, extending his franchise
record to 22 straight.

"I get more confident and stronger as the game goes on," Cook
said. "I used my changeup quite a bit. They're one of the most
aggressive teams we face."

The road-warrior Rockies -- they were 395-628 away from home
before this season -- split the four-game series against
Philadelphia. Another small crowd of 21,506 turned out at
three-year-old Citizens Bank Park, where attendance has steadily
declined.

Once the Phillies fell behind, some fans started chanting:
"Let's Go Flyers." The Flyers trail Buffalo 2-1 in an NHL
first-round playoff series. But at least they've reached the
postseason 11 consecutive years. The Phillies haven't been to the
playoffs since losing the World Series in 1993.

Phillies starter Jon Lieber allowed three runs and nine hits in
seven innings and failed to win his first game. He's 0-4 with a
7.04 ERA.

Lieber finished 17-13 in his first season in Philadelphia, and
was one of the league's best pitchers over the final month when he
was 5-1 with a 2.06 ERA.

"I can only get better," Lieber said.

Philadelphia's bullpen had allowed just three earned runs in its
previous 29 innings, before Franklin gave up Atkins' homer.

"I tried to quick-pitch him," Franklin said. "I thought it
was the right thing to do. All the times I've done it, I think I
gave up one hit. But he did a good job getting ready to hit the
ball."

The Phillies took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Chase Utley
singled and Bobby Abreu doubled. Both scored on Burrell's liner
down the left-field line. Burrell was out trying to stretch the
single into a double.

The Rockies cut it to 2-1 when Hawpe led off the second with his
sixth homer. A throwing error by shortstop Clint Barmes on Lieber's
grounder allowed David Bell to score, giving the Phillies a 3-1
lead in the fourth.

Miguel Ojeda's run-scoring double and Barmes' two-out RBI single
tied it at 3 in the fifth.

Game notes
Cook is 9-1 with a 3.33 ERA in his last 15 starts on the
road, dating to 2004. ... The Phillies are 0-6 with a chance to get
within one game of .500. ... Abreu's streak of consecutive games
with a walk ended at 13. ... Holliday was 1-for-16 in the series
before getting an infield single in the fifth inning.