Burrell's double caps comeback win
Down a run in ninth, left fielder clears the bases with one swing
DENVER -- Like the altitude in Denver, Pat Burrell elevated.It didn't matter how fast center fielder Willy Taveras streaked across the expansive outfield at Coors Field. Burrell's long drive was destined to drop. It did so just out of Taveras' reach, unloading the bases with a double and lifting the Phillies to an 8-6 win Tuesday over Colorado. Philadelphia scored five runs in the final three innings, including three off Rockies closer Manuel Corpas. "When you're up with the bases loaded, the pressure is really on the pitcher," said Burrell, who watched two fastballs go by for strikes. "In that situation, with a sinkerball pitcher, I'm trying to get something I can elevate. A ground ball is not good because it will probably end up being a double play. Fortunately, I hung around long enough." The Phillies did the same, coming back from two deficits and finding their way above .500 for the first time this season. Six times they had reached .500, only to fall below the next game. "It usually happens in June," Burrell said, with a laugh. "For us to win two in a row here -- [it] is always tough." After a 4-11 start last year, the Phillies didn't reach .500 until May 16, when they were 20-20, and didn't get above it until May 26. It also marked the first time since April 21, 2005, that the Phillies were above .500 in April. Burrell's only hit of Philadelphia's 11-hit attack came as Corpas was trying to protect a one-run lead, and pushed him to the National League RBI lead with 22. The inning began with a So Taguchi single and a strikeout by Jayson Werth. Chase Utley singled to center, and Taveras' throw to third allowed Utley to move to second. With first base open, Rockies manager Clint Hurdle opted to walk the struggling Ryan Howard, and hope Corpas could record a game-ending double play with his sinker. Instead, he blew his third save. As Burrell's drive eluded Taveras, Howard nearly caught up to Utley on the bases. "The ball hung up there," Howard said. "I was yelling, 'Go, go, go' as soon as I saw him lay out and the ball go past his glove. There were like five gos in there." The comeback win spared Brett Myers from his second loss of the season. The veteran had gone 4-0 with a 2.63 ERA in his previous starts at Coors Field, including 7 2/3 shutout innings on April 16, 2006. Save for a 1-2-3 sixth, Myers allowed at least one hit in each of his seven innings Tuesday. Two of the hits he allowed were home runs to Matt Holliday and Garrett Atkins. For Atkins, it was his third straight game with a homer and his fourth in five games. "I couldn't locate my fastball tonight," Myers said. "It seemed like they were on everything I threw. I was lost out there and didn't know what to throw. I felt like if I made a quality pitch, they hit it. If I made a bad pitch, they didn't miss it. I'm happy the boys picked me up." Utley, Atkins' teammate at UCLA, saw his homer streak end at five straight games, though he had two hits. With the lead secured, Phillies closer and Englewood, Colo., resident Brad Lidge recorded his first career save in his home state, and fourth of the season. The right-hander had 30 friends and family attend each of the two games here, and he worked a perfect ninth inning. "It's always nice to pitch here when they're here, and to do well is even better," said Lidge, who praised sleeping in his own bed on Tuesday night. "It's awesome to pitch in front of them." He said he'll keep the ball from his first hometown save, and had a feeling he'd be pitching when Burrell came to the plate. "This is amazing," Lidge said. "I'm completely locked in no matter what the score is. With this team, we're going to come back and score runs. It's amazing. Offensively, I don't think there's a lot of teams that can contain us."
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.