The Colorado Rockies' running total of runs allowed in the sixth inning or later grew on Saturday, but Wilin Rosario, Nolan Arenado and the rest of the offense made it clear early on that the questionable pitching wasn't going to matter.
Rosario and Arenado had three hits a piece and the Rockies picked up 18 total knocks to cruise to a 10-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies at Coors Field. Rosario did his damage with a double and two triples, while Arenado's three singles plated two runs.
Tyler Chatwood certainly wasn't dominant in his first start since June 3, but he worked around seven hits and three walks to earn his fourth win of the season. Chatwood helped himself by going 2-for-2 with an RBI at the plate, and was assisted by a pair of incredible defensive plays.
In the first inning, Carlos Gonzalez hurled a two-bouncer from deep in the left field corner to home plate, where Wilin Rosario scooped up the ball and tagged Michael Young for the third out. The next inning, Nolan Arenado, who was playing about 60 feet from home plate due to there being a bunting situation with Phillies pitcher Jonathan Pettibone at the plate, dove to his right to snag a hard grounder and fired to first from his bottom to get the out.
Adam Ottavino pitched a clean sixth and seventh, walking two and striking out two but not allowing a hit. However, Chris Volstad gave up three runs on four hits, including a home run, in the eighth inning to cut an eight-run lead to five.
Fortunately, Colorado getting hits out of every position player who appeared in the game sans Josh Rutledge, who was 0-for-6 with nine runners left on base from the lead-off spot, was enough to overcome another shaky performance from a reliever.
The Rockies, now 36-33 and tied with the Giants for second place in the National League West, will have Jhoulys Chacin on the hill on Sunday as they attempt to win their first regular-season series over the Phillies since July of 2007. Cole Hamels is scheduled to take the mound for Philadelphia.
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