The pinch hitter Ryan McMahon and Sam Hilliard hit back-to-back home runs with two strikeouts in the ninth inning, rallying the Colorado Rockies on the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 Thursday night.
Bryce Harper hit his 30th home run of the season to bolster his MVP bid, and the Phillies looked set to start a home stretch with a win before the The relievers' paddock explodes their 30th stoppage of the season.
The Phillies have lost 3½ games behind Atlanta, first in the NL East, with a sluggish home schedule ahead them. They play 13 of their next 16 home games against the Rockies, Cubs, Orioles and Pirates, who started a total of 113 games under 0.500 on Thursday.
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With a 2-1 lead, closest Ian Kennedy (1-1) pulled out the top two Colorado hitters in the ninth.
After Colton Welker's single, McMahon drove a 0-2 80 mph curve over the right wall to give Colorado a 3-2 lead. Hilliard followed up with a long drive to the right.
"We're trying to play the spoiler," McMahon said. "This is going to be our gig. It was a lot of fun spoiling tonight.
It was Kennedy 's third save of the season and the second since the Phillies made it. got someTexas in a trade on July 30.
"Just a bad execution " said Phillies manager Joe Girardi.
"It hurts a lot, " , did he declare. "We can't change it. We have to go out and play better tomorrow and find a way to put a streak together.
Welker, a highly touted prospect, had a pair of singles including his first career success and RBI. Colorado ended a four-game losing streak.
"It was a good win," said Colorado coach Bud Black. "Our guys did a really good job playing the whole game. Coming here against a team that is biting into the heels of the Braves in a playoff berth and our guys played them from start to finish. It 's awesome. . "
Lucas Gilbreath (1-1) threw a scoreless eighth, and Carlos Estevez broke a deadlock in the ninth to win his sixth save.
The Phillies put the runners secondand third with one out, and Didi Gregorius' withdrawal scored Brad Miller and pulled Philadelphia into a run. Estevez has taken out hitter JT Realmuto to end it.
Harper is doing all he can to bring Philadelphia to his first playoff appearance since winning the last of five titles of consecutive
The 28-year-old slugger connected for an opposite field, left solo training in the first of Antonio Senzatela. It was the fourth Homer in five games for Harper, who now has 30 or more homers in four of his 10 seasons. Harper won the 2015 NL MVP with Washington.
After Welker 's RBI single tied him in fourth, Harper helped Philadelphia take the lead in sixth. His unique drive to the right marked the wall for a single that put the runners in the corners, and Miller followed with an RBI on the ground.
The Phil starterLees, Ranger Suarez, continued his strong season and now has a 1.38 ERA in 78 innings as a starter and reliever. The southpaw allowed one run on five hits with six strikeouts and one walk.
Senzatela allowed two runs on four hits with three strikeouts and two walks in six innings .
A day after making his major league debut in Colorado's 7-4 home loss to San Francisco, Welker got his first career start, finishing sixth and third. He fielded a two-strikeout single down center for his first career RBI and distinguished with two outs in the ninth.
"I feel amazing, definitely a dream come true ", a- he declared. "I am very grateful.
Welker was suspended for 80 games by the Commissioner's office in May after testing positive for the improving substance.t performance Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT), which is in violation of the Major League Baseball Joint Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program.
Rockies: OF Yonathan Daza (left thumb laceration) was activated from IL before the contest. Daza, who last played on August 16, was seventh and started in right field.
Phillies: Realmuto (rest) was not in the starting lineup. The recipient has pain in his right shoulder. He should be back in line-up on Friday.
RHP German Marquez (11-10, 4.08) starts for the Rockies in the second competition of the set of four games. The Phillies go with a set of enclosures.