Brad Lidge, Phillies Hang On To Complete Four-Game Sweep Of Stumbling Rockies

Brian Schneider hit a two-run triple and Joe Blanton threw six solid innings, as the Philadelphia Phillies held on to complete a four-game sweep of Colorado with a 5-4 victory. Check out more at The Good Phight and Purple Row.

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Brad Lidge, Phillies Hang On To Complete Four-Game Sweep Of Stumbling Rockies

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Brian Schneider hit a two-run triple and Joe Blanton threw six solid innings, as the Philadelphia Phillies held on to complete a four-game sweep of Colorado with a 5-4 victory.

Blanton (4-6) struggled early and was pulled after throwing 85 pitches, but limited the Rockies to two runs to get the win, his first since June 24. He gave up six hits and walked three.

Brad Lidge recorded the save, but only after giving up a two-run homer to Seth Smith and working out of a bases-loaded jam for the second straight day.

"I wasn't thrilled today. I actually had a better fastball and better command today, and it just doesn't show," Lidge said. "You just never know what's going to happen. But like I said, obviously when you have a three-run lead, you can't give up three runs. I feel great that we won the game, I feel great that I got my job done."

Placido Polanco and Greg Dobbs each had two hits for the Phillies, who took advantage of a variety of fielding mishaps by the Rockies to win their fifth consecutive game and eighth straight at Citizens Bank Park. It is Philadelphia's longest home winning streak since 1991, when it won 16 in a row.

Jason Hammel (7-6) allowed five runs -- four earned -- in 5 2/3 innings to take the loss, the Rockies' sixth straight.

"Nothing's clicking for us right now at the same time," Hammel said. "We're not doing the little things right that we were doing before."

In Sunday's game, Colorado entered the ninth trailing by one and loaded the bases with two outs before Lidge struck out Ian Stewart to end the game.

Lidge had a three-run edge Monday when he entered for the save, but still got into trouble. After Miguel Olivo led off with a double, Lidge retired the next two hitters. However, Lidge threw an 0-1 fastball in the zone to Smith, who crushed a homer to right field to get the Rockies within one.

Lidge's adventure continued, as he walked Jonathan Herrera before Carlos Gonzalez dumped a single into left field. A wild pitch allowed the runners to move into scoring position, and Lidge intentionally walked Jason Giambi to fill the bases. Ryan Spilborghs followed and hit a soft grounder near the mound, but Lidge got to the ball and threw to first for the game-ending out.

While Lidge struggled at the end of the game, Blanton had his struggles in the first inning. He walked Herrera with one away before Gonzalez, Giambi and Spilborghs hit singles to make it a 2-0 game and keep two runners on. However, Stewart grounded into a double play, and the Phillies grabbed the lead in the second.

With runners on second and third with one out, Schneider hit the ball toward the gap in left-center, plating both runners. Smith and Gonzalez collided and fell over as they went after the ball, allowing Schneider to advance to third.

Blanton then tapped a ball to Hammel, but first baseman Giambi dropped the ball after Hammel threw it toward the baseline. Jimmy Rollins hit the ball to first, but Giambi's throw to second base bounced into the outfield as Schneider scored to make it a 3-2 game. Hammel managed to get out of the inning from there.

The Phillies tacked on two more runs in the sixth, on RBI singles by Polanco and Raul Ibanez. Chad Durbin threw a scoreless seventh for Philadelphia, while J.C. Romero worked a shutout eighth.

Gonzalez had three hits to pace the Rockies...Smith hit his 14th homer of the season and is only one behind matching his total from all of last season...Hammel gave up seven hits, walked three and struck out eight in his start...The victory was Charlie Manuel's 500th as manager of the Phillies. Manuel joined Gene Mauch (646), Harry Wright (636) and Danny Ozark (594) as the only managers in Phillies history to have 500 wins...Schneider recorded his first triple since 2007...Philadelphia's Ross Gload started in right field for Jayson Werth (rest) and went 1-for-3...Lidge recorded his 10th save...The teams combined to go 6-for-25 with runners in scoring position and left 19 on base...Rollins fouled a ball off his foot during an at-bat, but X- rays taken were negative.

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