DENVER (AP) – Pat Burrell had four hits Saturday night to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to an 8-7 victory over Colorado and spoil Rockies pitcher Aaron Cook’s return after a near-fatal illness.

Cook (0-1) made his first appearance with the Rockies since last Aug. 7, when he became dizzy during a game and had to be taken to the hospital, where doctors discovered blood clots in his lungs.

He went through two complicated operations, including an eight-hour procedure in which a rib on his right side was removed to alleviate pressure on a vein.

After intensive rehab, the Rockies brought him back to the team Saturday, but the Phillies got seven runs and 11 hits off the 26-year-old right-hander in 4 1-3 innings.

Burrell was the leader, finishing with three singles and a double to match his career high in hits. It was his third four-hit night of the season. He also had two RBIs and was intentionally walked in the eighth.

Jimmy Rollins and Kenny Lofton each had three hits for the Phillies, who came to Denver on a three-game losing streak but have now won the first three of the four-game series against the worst team in the majors.

Phillies starter Cory Lidle (9-9) was less than impressive, but staked to a 7-1 lead in the third, he didn’t have to be great. He allowed five runs and 10 hits in five innings, including two home runs to Matt Holliday.

Holliday had his second multihomer game of the season, the second making it 7-5 in the fifth. After the Phillies scored on Burrell’s RBI single in the sixth, Colorado pulled within 8-7 in the bottom of the inning on an RBI groundout by Aaron Miles and a sacrifice fly by Danny Ardoin.

But the Rockies didn’t score again. Billy Wagner pitched the ninth for his 24th save in 26 attempts.

The Rockies played without Todd Helton, who was put on the disabled list for the first time in his career Saturday with a strained left calf. Playing in his place, rookie Ryan Shealy had a career-high three hits.

While Cook was less than sharp, his teammates didn’t help him much, either. They misplayed a pair of fly balls and committed an error in the second inning, all of which helped the Phillies to two runs and a 3-0 lead. Trailing 7-3 in the fourth, Colorado had the bases loaded with no out, but Ardoin grounded into a double play that scored a run but ended the threat of a big inning.

Notes: Saturday was Rockies manager Clint Hurdle’s 48th birthday. … Colorado pitcher Zach Day had been scheduled to throw 40 to 50 pitches at a rehab assignment with Colorado Springs on Saturday. … The Phillies improved to 14-4 against the NL West this season.

AP-ES-07-30-05 2312EDT


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