Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Philadelphia won 3-0

Game 1: Tuesday, April 22
Colorado2Final
Philadelphia5
Game 2: Wednesday, April 23
Colorado4Final
Philadelphia6
Game 3: Thursday, April 24
Colorado1Final
Philadelphia9

Rockies 1

(12-10, 4-9 away)

Phillies 9

(13-9, 8-5 home)

    3:05 PM ET, April 24, 2003

    Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

    123456789 R H E
    COL 000100000 1 4 1
    PHI 20401002 - 9 14 1

    W: R. Wolf (3-1)

    L: A. Cook (1-2)

    Utley belts grand slam in just third career at-bat

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Chase Utley ran so fast around the bases he didn't get to savor his first hit.

    Utley hit a grand slam in his first major league game as a starter, leading the Philadelphia Phillies over the Colorado Rockies 9-1 Thursday for a three-game sweep.

    The 24-year-old second baseman, starting because Placido Polanco went on the disabled list, was 0-for-1 in his only other major league game April 4.

    Utley flied out in the second inning, then gave the Phillies a 6-0 lead in the third when he homered into the right-field bullpen off Aaron Cook (1-2). Utley became the first major leaguer with a grand slam for his first hit since Boston's Creighton Gubanich against Oakland in 1999.

    "When I got back to the dugout, I was wondering why I was running so fast,'' said Utley, who nearly passed David Bell on the bases. "I was stuck in the same gear. I couldn't slow down.''

    Utley, the 15th overall pick in the 2000 amateur draft, began the season on Philadelphia's roster, but went back to Triple-A Scranton after striking out in the home opener. He was called up Wednesday night after the Phillies decided Polanco needed more time to heal an injured finger that he hurt on April 15.

    Utley's trip back to the big leagues included waiting at a gas station for a ride to Philadelphia. Utley was on a bus heading for Ottawa with the rest of his Red Barons teammates when he got word the Phillies were bringing him up.

    "We were 45 minutes outside of Scranton. They pulled over, told me to sit on the side of the gas station and wait for one of the clubhouse guys to come get me,'' Utley said. "I was in the middle of nowhere. I was excited. I was thrilled.''

    Utley went 2-for-4, doubling in the eighth. He hit .263 with 17 homers and 70 RBIs last year at Scranton and was batting .302 with one homer and nine RBIs in 63 at-bats there this season.

    "He's a good player, he has a lot of ability,'' Phillies manager Larry Bowa said.

    Pat Burrell also homered to back Randy Wolf (3-1), who struck out eight in 7 2/3 innings and allowed a home run to Jay Payton. Wolf pitched out of bases-loaded jams in the fifth and sixth innings.

    "To get in those situations is bad, but the fact I was able to slow myself down and get out of it is a big thing for me,'' Wolf said.

    Cook gave up six runs -- four earned -- and six hits in four innings. He was coming off his best outing of the season, a complete-game 12-1 victory over San Diego.

    "I made a mistake to Utley, and he hit a grand slam,'' Cook said. "We had three bad games here. It'll be good to get back home.''

    Philadelphia took a 2-0 lead in the first. With two on, Bobby Abreu grounded to second, but Ronnie Belliard's toss to shortstop Jose Hernandez sailed into left field as Jimmy Rollins scored. Jim Thome added a sacrifice fly.

    Wolf loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth, then struck out Chris Stynes, retired pinch-hitter Brent Butler on a shallow fly to right and got Belliard to pop out to second.

    In the sixth, Gabe Kapler grounded into a double-play that ended another bases-loaded threat.

    "In this series, every batter on our roster had a chance to do something and nobody did,'' Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.

    Game notes
    The Rockies are 4-9 on the road, 8-1 at Coors Field. ... Belliard was 0-for-4 and is 1-for-20 against Wolf. ... Rollins was 3-for-5 with one RBI. ... The previous Phillies player to hit a homer for his first big league hit was Marlon Anderson against the New York Mets in 1998. Jim Command was the previous Phillies player to get a slam for his first hit, against Brooklyn in 1954. It was Command's only homer in the majors. ... The Phillies have won seven straight against the Rockies in Philadelphia.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press

    SPONSORED HEADLINES