Castilla Kills Phillies With Walk-Off Homerun

All things considered, a 7-3 road trip to Arizona, San Francisco and Colorado is not a bad thing at all. Still, as they fly home to open a series with the Dodgers, the Phillies are lamenting the loss of two in a row to the Rockies. Vinny Castilla lifted a two-run game winner just over the left field fence to give the Rockies a 7-6 win in Monday afternoon's game.

This is not the way Tim Worrell and the Phillies wanted to end what was a very successful road trip.

Vinny Castilla hit a two-run homer off Worrell in the bottom of the ninth inning as Colorado rallied from a six-run deficit for a 7-6 victory over the Phillies.

Castilla's tenth homerun of the season barely cleared the left field wall over the outstretched glove of Pat Burrell. Worrell (0-1) got the final two outs in the eighth but issued a leadoff walk to Todd Helton in the ninth.

With Randy Wolf on the mound, the Phillies had a 6-0 lead in the seventh inning and appeared well on the way to wrapping up an 8-2 trip.

But Matt Holliday led off the seventh with his fifth homer and two batters later, Wolf left with a runner at first base and one out. Pinch-hitter Charles Johnson greeted reliever Rheal Cormier with a two-run blast that pulled the Rockies within 6-3.

Colorado strung together four hits, including run-scoring singles by Helton and Castilla, to make it 6-5.

Brian Fuentes (1-0) struck out the side in the ninth to earn his first win.

Mike Lieberthal had three hits, including a two-run homer, for the Phillies, who are without injured closer Billy Wagner.

The Phillies open a three-game series with the Dodgers Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park. Vicente Padilla (2-4, 3.46) will go against Wilson Alvarez (2-0, 1.15) in the opener.


PHILADELPHIA (6) VS COLORADO (7) - FINAL PHILADELPHIA ab r h rbi bb so lob avg M Byrd cf 5 0 0 0 0 1 2 .219 J Rollins ss 4 0 0 0 1 1 0 .231 B Abreu rf 4 1 2 0 1 1 0 .285 J Thome 1b 4 0 1 0 1 1 2 .320 P Burrell lf 5 2 2 0 0 1 3 .315 M Lieberthal c 5 2 3 3 0 1 1 .252 D Bell 3b 3 1 2 0 1 0 0 .280 C Utley 2b 4 0 2 3 0 0 2 .222 R Cormier p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 R Madson p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 T Worrell p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 R Wolf p 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 .294 T Perez 2b 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .211 Totals 37 6 12 6 4 7 12 BATTING: 2B - B Abreu (10, A Cook); M Lieberthal (8, A Cook); D Bell (9, A Simpson). 3B - C Utley (1, A Cook). HR - M Lieberthal (4, 2nd inning off A Cook 1 on, 1 Out). S - R Wolf. RBI - M Lieberthal 3 (14), C Utley 3 (8). 2-out RBI - M Lieberthal, C Utley 3. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - M Byrd 2, C Utley 1, J Thome 1, R Wolf 2, P Burrell 1. Team LOB - 9. BASERUNNING: CS - J Rollins (2, 2nd base by J Lopez). COLORADO ab r h rbi bb so lob avg D Hocking 2b 5 1 2 0 0 1 2 .214 R Clayton ss 5 1 2 0 0 2 3 .305 T Helton 1b 4 1 1 1 1 2 3 .323 V Castilla 3b 5 1 3 3 0 0 2 .333 J Burnitz cf 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 .302 M Holliday lf 4 1 1 1 0 0 3 .302 T Greene c 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .280 K Pellow rf 4 1 2 0 0 1 2 .250 A Cook p 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .500 A Simpson p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 a-C Johnson ph 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 .280 J Lopez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 b-M Sweeney ph 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .282 B Fuentes p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Totals 38 7 14 7 2 9 19 a-homered to left for A Simpson in the 7th; b-walked for J Lopez in the 8th. BATTING: 2B - R Clayton (13, R Cormier). HR - M Holliday (5, 7th inning off R Wolf 0 on, 0 Out), C Johnson (8, 7th inning off R Cormier 1 on, 1 Out), V Castilla (10, 9th inning off T Worrell 1 on, 0 Out). RBI - M Holliday (15), C Johnson 2 (17), T Helton (20), V Castilla 3 (36). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - K Pellow 1, J Burnitz 1, R Clayton 1, M Holliday 1. Team LOB - 9. ---------------------------------------------------- PHILADELPHIA - 024 000 000 -- 6 COLORADO - 000 000 502 -- 7 No outs when winning run scored. ---------------------------------------------------- PHILADELPHIA ip h r er bb so hr era R Wolf 6 1/3 7 2 2 0 8 1 3.16 R Cormier 0 4 3 3 0 0 1 5.31 R Madson (H, 2) 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 0.36 T Worrell (L, 0-1; B, 2) 2/3 1 2 2 1 1 1 3.20 COLORADO ip h r er bb so hr era A Cook 6 10 6 6 3 4 1 9.00 A Simpson 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 J Lopez 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 10.05 B Fuentes (W, 1-0) 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 2.12 R Cormier pitched to 4 batters in the 7th. T Worrell pitched to 2 batters in the 9th. WP - A Cook. Pitches-strikes: R Wolf 100-66; R Cormier 13-9; R Madson 18-11; T Worrell 15-9; A Cook 99-64; A Simpson 17-9; J Lopez 17-10; B Fuentes 17-13. Ground balls-fly balls: R Wolf 4-7; R Cormier 0-0; R Madson 2-1; T Worrell 1-0; A Cook 12-2; A Simpson 0-3; J Lopez 1-1; B Fuentes 0-0. Batters faced: R Wolf 26; R Cormier 4; R Madson 6; T Worrell 4; A Cook 31; A Simpson 4; J Lopez 3; B Fuentes 4. UMPIRES: HP--Kevin Kelley. 1B--John Hirschbeck. 2B--Wally Bell. 3B--Laz Diaz. T--3:02. Att--22,111. Weather: 63 degrees, partly cloudy. Wind: 9 mph, right to left.


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