With Tulowitzki out and the status of Carlos Gonzalez and Dexter Fowler uncertain, the Rockies go for a rare win over the Phillies in the opener of this three-game series at Coors Field on Friday night.
Colorado (35-32) has dropped 29 of its last 37 meetings - including playoffs - with Philadelphia, including 12 of 15 at home thanks in large part to a 6.31 ERA.
However, it's the offense that is a bigger concern heading into the teams' first matchup of 2013, specifically Tulowitzki.
The All-Star shortstop and cleanup hitter is out at least four weeks with a broken rib on his right side, suffered while diving for a grounder in Thursday's 5-4 loss to Washington.
"When he came off, it was very evident he was done," manager Walt Weiss told the team's official website of Tulowitzki, the team leader with a .347 average and second with 15 homers and 51 RBIs.
Weiss may also be without Gonzalez and Fowler, who also were hurt Thursday. Gonzalez was hit by a foul ball waiting on deck in the first inning and suffered a bruised left foot, while Fowler was hit by a pitch on the right hand after squaring to bunt in the third.
They're considered day-to-day.
Gonzalez is batting .299 with team highs of 18 homers and 52 RBIs, while Fowler is hitting .404 with 13 runs over the past 12 games.
The Rockies could be hard-pressed to snap a five-game skid against the Phillies without three of their best hitters.
Gonzalez is hitting .365 over his last 15 meetings, going 11 for 23 (.478) in five home matchups. Fowler is 9 for 20 over his past five games with Philadelphia (32-35).
The Phillies are hoping a series with the Rockies can get them rolling again after ending a season-high five-game slide with Thursday's 3-2 win at Minnesota. They had won five straight prior to that losing streak.
Kyle Kendrick (6-4, 3.22 ERA) looks to continue his run of solid outings for Philadelphia. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA in his last three starts, losing his last outing 4-3 at Milwaukee on Saturday after allowing three runs and eight hits in six innings.
Kendrick is 2-2 with a 2.63 ERA in six road starts, but the last two have been his worst of the season. He's yielded eight runs in 11 innings in those games.
His last start at Coors Field on Aug. 2, 2011, was by far the best of the four he's had there. Kendrick limited the Rockies to four hits in eight innings of a 5-0 victory.
Juan Nicasio (4-2, 4.61) is scheduled to counter for Colorado, seeking to end a four-start winless stretch.
The right-hander was superb through the first five innings Sunday against San Diego, retiring the first 16 batters before allowing two runs and leaving after the sixth of an 8-7 win in 10.
He is 1-4 with an 8.17 ERA in six career starts against NL East teams.
|June 09, 2013||Erik Kratz||15-Day DL||Left knee injury|
|May 22, 2013||Chase Utley||Day-to-Day||Sore Ribcage|
|May 21, 2013||Chase Utley||15-Day DL||Strained right oblique|
|May 20, 2013||Ryan Howard||Day-to-Day||Sore left knee|
|May 20, 2013||Carlos Ruiz||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|May 19, 2013||Carlos Ruiz||Day-to-Day||Strained right hamstring|
|June 13, 2013||Troy Tulowitzki||Day-to-Day||Broken rib|
|June 11, 2013||Jorge De La Rosa||Day-to-Day||Cut on left middle finger|
|June 10, 2013||Edgmer Escalona||15-Day DL||Right elbow inflammation|
|June 03, 2013||Tyler Chatwood||Day-to-Day||Left game - Right triceps soreness|
|June 01, 2013||Rafael Betancourt||15-Day DL||Right groin strain|
|May 26, 2013||Michael Cuddyer||Day-to-Day||Left game - Right forearm injury|
DENVER (AP) -- Freddy Galvis swung his way out of a three-week slump and helped the Philadelphia Phillies mount their biggest comeback of the season.
Galvis hit a pair of 2-run triples and scored the go-ahead run on Humberto Quintero 's single, rallying the Phillies a five-run deficit for an 8-7 win over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.
"You have to stay confident," said Galvis, who came into the game batting .152 (12 of 79) since hitting a game-ending homer May 19 against Cincinnati. "It's a long season. You have to keep your head up and play hard every day.
"Hopefully, I'll keep swinging good and help the team. Sometimes, that's the kind of game you need to get back on track. We'll see tomorrow."
The Phillies overcame home runs by Carlos Gonzalez and Josh Rutledge , who was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Friday to fill the roster spot left vacant by the loss of slugging shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to a broken rib.
Tulowitzki, who could miss up to six weeks, was placed on the disabled list Friday, a day after he was hurt diving for ball during a 5-4 loss to Washington.
Trailing 7-2 going into the sixth, the Phillies chased Rockies starter Juan Nicasio and pulled within 7-5 on the first of Galvis' 2-run triples and a run-scoring groundout by Quintero.
"The ball was up in the zone and not doing anything," Nicasio said. "I had a lead, but they're hitting and swinging."
The Phillies went ahead with a three-run seventh. Domonic Brown singled off reliever Josh Outman to start the inning and after Ryan Howard struck out, Wilton Lopez relieved Outman. Lopez (1-3) got Kevin Frandsen to fly out, but John Mayberry walked and Galvis shot a hard grounder down the first base line for his second triple of the night, scoring Brown and Mayberry to even the score at 7-all.
Quintero singled Galvis home to give the Phillies their first lead.
"It's always tough," Gonzalez said of the Rockies losing their big lead. "It's one of those things that you hope doesn't happen during the game when you're playing defense. Just a bad couple of outings, just a bad game."
Galvis said the Phillies never believed they were out of it, even when they were down by five. A 2-run deficit was the biggest previous comeback by the Phillies, which they pulled off twice this season.
"This is a park where the ball flies," Galvis said. "You've just got to keep hitting and we got'em."
Jonathan Papelbon gave up a one-out single in the ninth to Gonzalez, who went 4 for 4, but he came back to strike out Michael Cuddyer and retire Todd Helton on a groundout for his 13th save in as many chances. Michael Stutes (2-0) pitched a scoreless inning in relief for the win
Gonzalez, who bruised his left foot Thursday when he was struck by a foul liner while waiting in the on-deck circle, gave the Rockies the lead when he connected off Kyle Kendrick in the first for his 19th home run.
Gonzalez's solo shot was the first of seven runs Kendrick gave up, matching his career high. He went 4 1-3 innings and allowed 10 hits.
"I was just up in the zone tonight, really up all night," Kendrick said. "I couldn't make a pitch, but the offense picked me up. The bullpen pitched well. It was a nice win."
Nicasio helped build a 7-2 lead for Colorado with a two-run single in the second, his first RBI of the season.
The Phillies closed to within 3-2 in the fourth on Mayberry's RBI double and Quintero's RBI single. But the Rockies answered in their half of the fourth. Yorvit Torrealba hit a one-out run-scoring double. One out later, Rutledge drove a 1-1 offering from Kendrick over the wall in right-center into the Rockies bullpen for his sixth home run of the season.
Nolan Arenado 's RBI single in the fifth chased Kendrick.
Nicasio went 5 2-3 innings and allowed five runs on seven hits.
NOTES: Phillies C Carlos Ruiz (right hamstring strain) was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment on Saturday with Lehigh Valley. ... Cuddyer's fifth inning single extending his hitting streak to 12 games, longest by a Rockies player this season.