Rockies 10, Phillies 6

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DENVER (AP) – Matt Holliday homered and drove in five runs to lift the Colorado Rockies to a 10-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night.

Holliday’s bases-loaded triple broke the game open in a five-run seventh inning. He had three hits, including an RBI double in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to eight games. He also hit a solo homer in the fourth.

Colorado had at least nine hits (14) for the eighth straight game to end a three-game home losing streak.

Bobby Abreu and Pat Burrell each hit two-run homers for Philadelphia, which couldn’t overcome another shaky start by Jon Lieber (0-3) to see its three-game winning streak end.

Rockies starter Jason Jennings had gotten off to slow starts in each of his first four full seasons, going 6-11 with a 6.32 ERA in 21 games in April. He’s been much better this year, allowing eight runs in 19 innings.

The right-hander wasn’t quite as sharp as in his first two starts.

Abreu, who had four RBIs, ended a 3-for-16 slump against Jennings in the first inning with his third homer, a 442-foot, two-run shot to the upper deck in right-center. Burrell’s fifth homer of the season was a two-run shot to center off the right-hander in the third that put the Phillies up 4-2.

Jennings was lifted after Jimmy Rollins and Aaron Rowand hit a pair of soft singles to open the seventh inning, but Ray King (1-1) got Abreu to hit into a double play and Chase Utley to ground out to end the inning.

Jennings allowed four runs and eight hits, with five strikeouts and three walks.

Lieber won 17 games in his first season with the Phillies in 2005, but hasn’t come close to that form so far this year. The Phillies staked him to a pair of early two-run leads, but the right-hander didn’t hold either for long.

The Rockies followed Abreu’s two-run homer in the first with a run-scoring single by Todd Helton and an RBI double by Holliday in the bottom half. Colorado also answered Burrell’s homer before the next inning, getting two in the fourth on Holliday’s solo homer and an RBI groundout by Jennings.

Then Colorado blew it open in the seventh.

The Rockies chased Lieber with three straight one-out singles, with Clint Barmes putting the Rockies up 5-4 on a liner to left. Holliday then hit his triple off Geoff Geary and pinch hitter Choo Freeman made it 9-4 with an RBI single to right.

Barmes, who was 3-for-5, made it 10-4 with an RBI single in the eighth.

The Phillies closed within 10-6 on Abreu’s two-run double in the ninth.

Lieber gave up seven runs and 10 hits, raising his ERA to 9.18.

Notes: The game featured seven unassisted putouts at first base, four by the Phillies. … Garrett Atkins was 0-for-3, ending his hitting streak at nine games. … Philadelphia has no triples in its first 11 games, three short of the team record to start a season.

AP-ES-04-15-06 2256EDT

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