Jorge De La Rosa has been at his best pitching at home or during the day, but neither will be the case as he tries to end the Colorado Rockies ' struggles in Philadelphia.
The left-hander attempts to lead the Rockies to their fourth regular-season win in 21 games there Tuesday night when he looks to beat the Phillies for the first time.
Since allowing 11 runs - eight earned - in nine-plus innings over two road starts, De La Rosa (12-6, 3.22 ERA) has gotten back on track by giving up three runs in 12 innings while winning his last two at home.
De La Rosa fanned six and yielded two runs over seven innings in a 4-2 victory over San Diego on Wednesday.
While he improved to 6-0 with a 1.58 ERA in eight day starts, De La Rosa is 6-6 with a 4.15 ERA in 17 at night. He's also 8-1 with a 2.58 ERA in 12 outings at Coors Field, but 4-5 with a 3.84 ERA in 13 on the road.
De La Rosa will attempt to reverse those trends and help Colorado (58-68) avoid its fourth straight loss in this evening start at Citizens Bank Park.
Although he has an 8.14 ERA while dropping four straight starts against the Phillies (55-69), De La Rosa pitched well the last time he faced them. He yielded one earned run and five hits over eight innings in a 2-1 loss at Philadelphia on May 18, 2011.
This time, De La Rosa faces a Phillies team that had totaled seven runs while batting .173 over its previous five games before showing signs of improvement in Monday's 5-4 victory.
Carlos Ruiz had two hits - including a home run - as the Phillies evened their record in four games under interim manager Ryne Sandberg . Ruiz has gone 9 for 18 with two homers and six RBIs in his last five games against the Rockies and is 4 for 7 when facing De La Rosa.
Teammate Jimmy Rollins has gone 5 for 13 with a home run versus the southpaw, but could be moved from the leadoff role after going 1 for 19 in his last six games overall.
"Now is a good time to try something," said Sandberg, who moved Ruiz into the second spot Monday and said he would consider dropping Rollins.
He's hoping to guide the Phillies to their first three-game winning streak since July 13-19, a run that bridged the All-Star break.
Tyler Cloyd (2-2, 3.41) is scheduled to make his first big-league start since June 12. He went 1-1 with a 1.45 ERA in his last three starts before being sent down, though he walked eight in his last two outings.
The right-hander was knocked around in his only career start versus Colorado, getting tagged for four runs and eight hits over four innings before the Phillies rallied for a 7-4 win on Sept. 9.
He might be able to fare better this time against the Rockies, who have averaged 2.8 runs while dropping 12 of 14 on the road.
All-Star Troy Tulowitzki , however, is 10 for 23 during a six-game hitting streak.
|August 19, 2013||Yorvit Torrealba||7-Day DL||Concussion|
|August 08, 2013||Christian Friedrich||60-Day DL||Lower back inflammation|
|August 05, 2013||Carlos Gonzalez||15-Day DL||Sprained right middle finger|
|August 01, 2013||Tyler Chatwood||15-Day DL||Right elbow inflammation|
|August 01, 2013||Carlos Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Sprained right middle finger|
|July 31, 2013||Carlos Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Sprained right middle finger|
|August 17, 2013||Michael Young||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore left ankle|
|August 15, 2013||John Lannan||15-Day DL||Left knee tendinitis|
|August 14, 2013||John Lannan||Day-to-Day||Knee|
|July 29, 2013||Jonathan Pettibone||15-Day DL||Strained right shoulder|
|July 26, 2013||Cliff Lee||Day-to-Day||Stiff neck|
|July 24, 2013||Domonic Brown||7-Day DL||Concussion|
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Todd Helton got the perfect gift on his 40th birthday.
Helton's swipe at Jimmy Rollins never connected with the runner on a close play at first, but the Colorado Rockies got the call in a big spot during their 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.
"I didn't tag him," Helton said. "I tried to tag him."
Third baseman Nolan Arenado made a fantastic backhanded stop and in-the-air throw to rob Rollins in the seventh inning. Rollins never argued the call by first base umpire Jim Wolf that stranded the potential tying runs, and Helton simply hustled off the field to sell the out.
"Jimmy said he felt something on his back," Phillies interim manager Ryne Sandberg said.
Replays showed the tag was never close to No. 11.
Jonathan Herrera entered in the seventh with two runners on and two outs and Rollins at bat. Rollins then sent a hard grounder down the third base line that looked as if it was headed for extra bases.
Arenado backhanded the ball, his momentum carried him into foul territory and he whirled in the air to one-hop the throw toward Helton. Helton made a sweeping tag toward the slow-starting Rollins for the third out.
"It's right up there with the other 72," Arenado great plays, manager Walt Weiss said. "It's a game changer."
Arenado shifted toward the line after a tip from shortstop Troy Tulowitzki that Rollins would try and pull the ball.
"I made a good grab," Arenado said. "I think he was safe, if you watch the replay."
"It was a good act by Todd," Arenado said.
The Rockies used Arenado's play and a little pop to snap a three-game losing streak.
Tulowitzki and Wilin Rosario homered and Jorge De La Rosa (13-6) pitched into the seventh to win his third straight start. Dexter Fowler also drove in a run to help the Rockies jump out to a 5-0 lead.
Rafael Betancourt tossed a scoreless ninth for his 16th save.
Tyler Cloyd (2-3) allowed five runs in six innings in his first major league start since June 12. Recalled after Monday night's game, Cloyd was coming off consecutive complete games in the minors.
Against the Rockies, Cloyd was hit hard from the start.
Tulowitzki's second homer in two games was a two-run shot deep into the left-field seats. Phillies outfielder Dom Brown never moved as the ball soared high over his head.
"He looks a lot more ease at up there," Weiss said. "His timing looks really good."
Michael Cuddyer followed Tulowitzki's 22nd homer with a double. He moved up on a grounder and scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-0 in the first inning.
Fowler added an RBI single in the second, and Rosario extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a two-out drive in the third.
"In the first three innings, everything was off," Cloyd said.
Staked to a 5-0 lead, De La Rosa allowed three runs in the third. Chase Utley had an RBI single to right and Brown added a sacrifice fly.
De La Rosa walked three and struck out three in 6 1-3 innings.
"He's been our guy," Weiss said.
The Phillies beat the Rockies on Monday night to snap a skid of 26 games without consecutive wins, the longest drought since a 49-game stretch in 1997. But the offensive woes that have plagued the Phillies for most of the season returned and they had only three hits against De La Rosa and three relievers.
"There are not too many options," Sandberg said. "All the guys have a chance to be out there."
NOTES: Phillies RHP Roy Halladay allowed two runs in six innings for Class-A Lakewood in his second rehab start. ... Helton made his first error of the season in the third inning. ... Phillies assistant GM Scott Proefrock said RHP John Lannan is out for the season and will need surgery on his left knee. 1B Ryan Howard (knee) can start baseball activities on Thursday. Injured pitchers Mike Adams , Jeremy Horst , Joe Savery and Mike Stutes are all making progress. OF Ben Revere (foot) is off crutches. ... Colorado sends RHP Juan Nicasio (7-6, 4.94 ERA) the mound Wednesday against Philadelphia's Cliff Lee (10-6, 3.19 ERA).