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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cole Hamels threw eight impressive innings, Jimmy Rollins drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies 2-1 Thursday night to snap a four-game losing streak.

Hamels (5-2) allowed one run and five hits, striking out eight for his first career win against the Rockies. He entered 0-3 with an 8.22 ERA in three career starts against Colorado, including two in the postseason.

The NL East-leading Phillies had just seven runs and 17 hits in the previous four games. They got just enough this time.

Wilson Valdez led off the bottom of the eighth with a single to left. Pinch-hitter Shane Victorino sacrificed him to second and he advanced to third on a wild pitch. Rollins followed with a liner to right and Valdez slid in safely ahead of Ryan Spilborghs’ throw.

Ryan Madson finished for his seventh save in as many tries. He allowed a leadoff double to Seth Smith, but worked around it. Madson struck out Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki swinging at offspeed pitches. He carefully pitched around Todd Helton before intentionally walking him on a 3-0 count. Madson then struck out pinch-hitter Jason Giambi to end it.

Jorge De La Rosa (5-2) was the hard-luck loser. The lefty allowed two runs – one earned – and five hits to record his first career complete game.

Colorado tied it at 1 on Helton’s RBI double with two outs in the seventh. Gonzalez hit a double to center with one out and scored on Helton’s drive to left. Hamels had retired 14 straight before Gonzalez got his hit.

The Phillies went ahead 1-0 in the fifth. Raul Ibanez got them started with a one-out single. After Carlos Ruiz was hit by a pitch, the runners advanced on catcher Chris Iannetta’s passed ball. Valdez then lined a single to left to score Ruiz. De La Rosa escaped further trouble by getting Hamels to ground into a double play.

Help could be on the way for the Phillies’ anemic offense. Chase Utley was scheduled to play all nine innings Wednesday and Thursday at Class-A Clearwater, and it’s possible the five-time All-Star second baseman returns before the nine-game homestand ends May 26. Utley has been sidelined all season with a knee injury. Outfielder Domonic Brown, who broke his hand in spring training, is playing well at Triple-A and could get promoted soon.

The Phillies helped Hamels with solid defense early. Right fielder John Mayberry Jr. threw out Alfredo Amezaga trying to go from first to third on Gonzalez’s one-out single in the first. Ruiz, the catcher, nailed Spilborghs trying to steal second to end the second.

Notes: Rockies RHP Aaron Cook, who has been on the disabled list all season with a broken ring finger on his throwing hand, had an impressive rehab outing for Double-A Tulsa. He threw gave up one earned run and three hits, striking out six in five innings. … De La Rosa fell to 0-4 against the Phillies. He entered with an 11.34 ERA in four career starts against them. … Victorino (right hamstring) missed his third straight start. He sacrificed as a pinch-hitter in the eighth. … A crowd of 44,665 was the 157th straight sellout at Citizens Bank Park, including postseason play. … The Phillies have scored more than three runs just six times in May and are 8-8 this month. … Hamels became the 60th active pitcher to reach 1,000 career innings pitched. … Brad Lidge, the Phillies’ former closer, could throw off the mound for the first time Thursday.

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  1. paul"earthquake"moore says:

    Paul “Earthquake” Moore’s
    12th Annual Weekend of Peace
    Motorcycle Ride and Roller Skating Party

    Peace will be the major focus for one special weekend next month when area motorcyclists, roller skaters and special guests once again join Paul “Earthquake” Moore at his 12th annual Weekend of Peace, from May 20-22, 2011.

    All residents are invited to attend the events – a motorcycle ride, roller skating party and church service -Moore said he designed to bring peace to Philadelphia’s neighborhoods and raise money for bullet proof vests for members of the 12th Police District Chaplains Program.

    The opening activities are from 5-7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 20, 2011, at the Elmwood Skating Rink, 71st Street and Grays Avenue, where youth and those young at heart are invited to skate for peace. The following morning at 11 a.m., members of the State Burners Motorcycle Club joined by Philadelphia Deputy Police Commissioner Stephen Johnson and other special guests will line up at Broad Street and Pattison Avenue for a symbolic trek up North Broad Street to Cheltenham Avenue. The idea, Moore said, is to cover Philadelphia from one end to the other, in a quest for peace.

    Once the bikers reach Cheltenham Avenue, the group will turn around and motorcade back to the stadium area. A reception will follow the ride at the State Burners’ Motorcycle Club House, in the 5200 block of Woodland Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia. Bikers from throughout the Greater Philadelphia area are expected to participate.

    The Weekend of Peace will close on Sunday with an 11 a.m. worship service and silent vigil at New Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church. Moore is an associate pastor at New Fellowship, which holds its services at the Elmwood Skating Rink while their new church is being constructed. The service is for Philadelphia Police officers killed in the line of duty and to their families.

    “The deaths of those men and women in blue, and of other Philadelphia citizens, are grim reminders to all that gun violence must end,” said Moore.

    In addition, a wreath will be on display at the skating rink along with the urn of an anonymous person killed in a senseless act of violence. Moore said he hoped that these bold reminders will make children and young adults see what can happen by choosing to behave violently.

    A donation will be collected when entering the Elmwood Skating Rink on Friday, however there is no fee for less fortunate kids.

    Donations are encouraged to help buy the vests or support Weekend of Peace activities. For information please contact Paul “Earthquake” Moore at P.O. Box 5323, Phila., PA 19142, call him at (215) 385-2696 or reach him by email at

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