PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Travis Lee is sticking to the basics in an
effort to regain his swing.
The resurgent Lee homered and the Philadelphia Phillies beat
Colorado 3-2 Friday night, handing the Rockies their first defeat under new manager Clint Hurdle. Hurdle had been 6-0 since taking over when Buddy Bell was fired
April 26. He tied the sixth-best start in major league history
after a managerial change. "I really didn't expect to never lose a game," Hurdle said.
"We just got outplayed tonight." Lee, who was 17-for-87 (.195) in his first 25 games, has gone
7-for-13 in his last four. "I'm glad I feel comfortable in the box again, going back to
being myself, just seeing the ball and reacting," said Lee.
"Change is easy when you're struggling, but it's not good if
you're not comfortable. I just have to trust my abilities." Lee had bristled at being dropped to the eighth spot in the
lineup for three games when the Phillies played in San Francisco
earlier this week. But manager Larry Bowa said the change was just
temporary and moved Lee back to the sixth slot. "The three games hitting eighth was to ease his mind, it wasn't
meant to be a permanent thing," said Bowa. "He's the type of guy
who's devastating when he gets hot." Brandon Duckworth (2-2) pitched 6 1/3 innings and also hit an
run-scoring single. He gave up two runs on seven hits and three walks. Jose Mesa worked the ninth for his seventh save. Mesa, Rheal
Cormier and Ricky Bottalico, part of a much-maligned bullpen,
pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings as the Phillies won for the third
time in 14 games. "We need those guys to pitch the way they did tonight," said
Bowa, who has criticized the bullpen in recent weeks. "If they
don't get on track, we are in trouble." Shawn Chacon (2-4) went six innings, giving up three runs on
five hits and five walks. He fell to 0-6 in his last 11 starts on
the road. "He didn't have his best stuff, but he kept us in the game,"
Hurdle said. "His command wasn't as sharp as in the past, but he
battled." The Phillies scored a run in the second without getting a hit.
Chacon loaded the bases on walks with two outs and then walked
Jimmy Rollins to force in a run. Duckworth drove in the second run with his first hit of the
season. His two-out single in the fourth made it 2-1. Lee's homer, his third of the season but his second in four
games, made it 3-1 in the sixth. Colorado got two hits in the fourth for its first run. With a
runner on first and one out, Todd Zeile reached on an infield
single and Todd Hollandsworth blooped a run-scoring single. Duckworth was removed in the seventh when Colorado scored its
second run. Juan Pierre singled and went to third on a single by
Juan Uribe, who extended his hitting streak to 15 games. Cormier relieved and Pierre scored on Larry Walker's groundout.
Duckworth's RBI was the second of his career. ... Chacon is
0-3 on the road this season with a 7.23 ERA. ... In light of the
Phillies' bullpen struggles, Bowa was met with a chorus of boos
when he pulled Duckworth in the seventh inning. Duckworth then
received a loud ovation as he went to the dugout. ... Duckworth is
now 2-0 with a 2.79 ERA in three starts at home. The Phillies have
won all three.