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DENVER – Brett Myers combined with two relievers on a seven-hit shutout and Ryan Howard homered, leading the Philadelphia Phillies over the Colorado Rockies in the first 1-0 win by a visiting team at Coors Field.

In 888 regular-season games at Coors Field, the only other 1-0 game was last July 9, when the Rockies beat San Diego.

Myers (1-0) allowed seven hits in 7 2-3 innings, struck out five and walked one. He is 5-0 against the Rockies, including 4-0 with a 2.64 ERA in four starts at Coors, the home-run haven that opened in 1995.

Cory Sullivan reached on a bunt single with one out in the eighth, and Clint Barmes flied out. Arthur Rhodes relieved Myers and walked Todd Helton, then retired Garrett Atkins on a lineout to right. Tom Gordon pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save in as many chances.

Aaron Cook (1-2) gave up six hits in eight innings and is winless in four starts against the Phillies.

Howard hit his second homer of the season in the seventh inning, a 427-foot drive into the Philadelphia bullpen in center field.

Colorado had runners at the corners with one out in the fourth before Matt Holliday to hit into his second double play of the game.

Both pitchers worked out of trouble in the sixth inning.

Cook gave up a leadoff single to Jimmy Rollins, who moved to third on a single by Aaron Rowand, who then was caught stealing. After Bobby Abreu walked, Cook got Pat Burrell to hit into a double play.

Helton had a two-out double in the sixth, and Atkins beat out an infield single for his third hit of the game. But Myers retired Holliday on a groundout.

Notes: Myers hadn’t worked longer than five innings in his previous two starts. … Howard was robbed of a hit in the fifth when 2B Jason Smith ranged behind the bag to throw him out. … The Phillies began the day as one of four major league teams without a triple. … Smith started at second for Luis Gonzalez, who is 0-for-7 against Myers. Smith went 1-for-3 against Myers with an infield single.

AP-ES-04-16-06 1749EDT

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