PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 21: Starting pitcher Jeff Francis #26 of the Colorado Rockies throws a pitch during the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on June 21, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)
Wilin Rosario and Chris Nelson each hit two run home runs, and for the first time since the Rockies moved to a four man rotation with a 75 pitch cap on their starter, the committee approach functioned smoothly. Combined that added to a 4-1 victory over the Phillies as the Rockies salvaged a win from the series on getaway day.
Jeff Francis was effective and fairly efficient in his five innings of work, he went one over the 75 pitch limit to get his 15th out, but he allowed just one run on six hits. After he was pulled, the Rockies bullpen functioned beautifully for the last four innings, allowing just two hits. Neither Francis nor the bullpen walked a batter, making this one of the best pitched Rockies games of 2012.
The Rockies offense was mostly held in check by the Phillies, as aside from the two HR's, the only other extra base hit was a double by Tyler Colvin and the Rockies had just seven hits (one fewer than the Phillies had overall) and three walks. The two big blasts were enough, however, and the Rockies snapped their latest four game losing streak just in time to take on a tough Texas Rangers squad this weekend.
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