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Solo home runs and an excellent outing by Eddie Butler made the difference.

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The Rockies defeated the Phillies 5-2 today. The Rockies have now won six out of their last seven games, during which the pitching staff hasn't allowed the opposition to score more than four runs in a game.

Sleek. That's the word that comes to my mind when thinking about how to describe the Rockies' win today. There wasn't a lot of grinding. The Rockies didn't labor to get runs home. There was hard play, but they didn't get dirty. Instead, the Rockies got their first three runs like this: Nolan Arenado solo home run in the second; Michael McKenry solo home run in the second; Ben Paulsen solo home run in the seventh. Just trot. The Rockies added a run in the seventh and another in the eighth, but they turned out to be insurance.

Eddie Butler turned in the best start of his young career. The smooth outing began rocky, though. In the first, Butler gave up a bit of hard contact—even the outs were hit hard—resulting in a single, a double, and a run allowed. He threw 23 pitches to five batters he faced.

Butler didn't allow much after that. He threw clean innings in the second, fourth, and sixth. He did give up a single and a walk in the third inning, but no runs scored. He then allowed a single in the fifth inning, but that was followed by a 1-6-3 double play. In all, Butler allowed one run on four hits in his six innings. He struck out three and walked one. Perhaps most encouragingly, Butler threw 53 of his 78 pitches for strikes, and he didn't allow a lot of hard contact outside of the first inning.

Scott Oberg, Rafael Betancourt, Boone Logan, Brooks Brown, and John Axford combined to record the final nine outs.


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