Phillies Ambush Rockies For 5-2 Win

Jason Michaels got a rare start Tuesday night and made the most of it. Coming into the game hitting .000 (0-for-7), Michaels left hitting .273 after going 3-for-4 and driving in two runs to help lead the Phillies to a 5-2 win over the Colorado Rockies.

Jason Michaels hasn't had a dream season in 2003. He started the spring fighting for a spot on the roster, then wound up on the DL and was activated only because of an injury to centerfielder Marlon Byrd. Tuesday night, the real "J-Mike" showed up.

Michaels singled in the third inning and later scored on a double by Bobby Abreu that put the Phillies up 2-0. Pat Burrell, Michaels' University of Miami teammate, then followed with an RBI double and the Phillies went ahead 3-0. In the fourth, Michaels was again in the middle of the scoring as he doubled with runners on first and second, extending the Phillies lead to 5-0.

Kevin Millwood (3-1) continued working his way through the Rockies lineup without much trouble until the sixth inning when he surrendered an RBI single to Preston Wilson, cutting the Phillies lead to 5-1. Millwood exited after the sixth inning and Carlos Silva pitched a scoreless seventh.

Dan Plesac came on to start the eighth and gave up a leadoff single to Todd Helton and hit Larry Walker with a pitch to put runners on first and second with nobody out. Turk Wendell came on and walked Wilson to load the bases before getting Jose Hernandez to ground into a fielder's choice that scored a run and made it 5-2. Wendell then retired Charles Johnson and Chris Stynes to end the inning. Jose Mesa worked the ninth and allowed a hit and a walk before retiring the side to earn his fourth save of the year.

Darren Oliver (0-2) lasted four innings for the Rockies and took the loss.

The two teams will play again Wednesday night Jason Jennings (1-2) pitching for Colorado and Brett Myers (0-2) starting for the Phillies. Myers was originally slated to start Tuesday, but was skipped over to keep Millwood on his pitching schedule and allow him to pitch against the hot San Francisco Giants on Sunday at The Vet.

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