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Burrell drives in four, homers in win

5/15/2004

DENVER (AP) -- Pat Burrell is motivated by last season.

Burrell homered and drove in four runs, Bobby Abreu also
connected and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the struggling
Colorado Rockies 6-4 Friday night.

"I remember last year very well," said Burrell, who hit .209
in 2003. "I know now you have to keep plugging along."

It's working. Burrell is hitting .368 with four homers and 12
RBI in May.

"Last year was a real struggle for Pat," Philadelphia manager
Larry Bowa said. "This year he's swinging the bat good, really
good."

Eric Milton won again and Burrell went 3-for-4 with a walk for
the Phillies, who improved to 6-1 on their 10-game road trip.

Helped by three double plays, Milton (4-0) allowed only three
runs in six innings despite walking five and yielding seven hits.

After All-Star closer Billy Wagner went on the disabled list
earlier in the day, Tim Worrell worked the ninth for his second
save. He retired Jeromy Burnitz with runners at the corners to end
it.

Vinny Castilla and Burnitz homered for Colorado, which has lost
seven of 10. Joe Kennedy (4-1) allowed four runs and seven hits in
six innings.

"Kennedy pitched a good game, good enough to give us a chance
to win," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "The only
disappointing factor was in the inning when he got two outs, nobody
on, and they were able to put three runs on the board."

Burrell drove in Jimmy Rollins with a two-out single to center
in the first inning after Rollins singled and stole second.

Colorado took a 2-1 lead in the second on Castilla's leadoff
homer and Kit Pellow's double-play grounder. Burnitz made it 3-1
with a solo shot in the fourth.

Kennedy retired the first two batters in the fifth, but Rollins
beat out an infield single. Abreu and Burrell followed with
back-to-back homers to make it 4-3. Abreu's ninth of the year
landed in the fountain behind the center-field fence.

"It was just two pitches, one to Abreu and one to Burrell,"
Kennedy said. "On Abreu, I was worrying too much about the runners
instead of pitching him aggressively, and on Burrell it was a
changeup that cut in instead of away."

The Rockies loaded the bases in the sixth, but Milton got
pinch-hitter Todd Greene on a fly to center.

Burrell's one-out double to left in the seventh drove in Rollins
and Abreu to make it 6-3.

Burnitz had an RBI single in the seventh for Colorado.

Phillies reliever Rheal Cormier gave up one run in two innings.

"I'm glad to get out of here with a win," Bowa said.

Game notes
The Phillies placed Wagner on the 15-day DL retroactive to
May 7 with a strained left groin and purchased the contract of RHP
Brian Powell from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. ... Phillies 1B
Jim Thome dropped pop fouls on successive pitches to Matt Holliday
in the fourth inning. Thome received a standing ovation when he
caught Burnitz's pop foul in the sixth. ... Castilla has reached
base in all but one of the 32 games he's played this year.