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By Matt Leon

By Matt Leon

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – After going 4-2 on a difficult roadtrip through Atlanta and Cincinnati, the Phillies will be back home tonight to open a six game homestand with the first of three against the Colorado Rockies.

The Phillies are 66-71 heading into this one and they remain on the fringe of the wildcard race, sitting 8 games out of the second berth.  While there are just 25 games left in the season, it should be noted that the Phillies next 13 games are against Colorado, Miami, Houston and the Mets – four of the six worst teams in the National League.

On the mound for the Phillies will be left-handed Cliff Lee.  He is 4-7 with a 3.52 ERA and he comes into tonight having won back-to-back starts for the first time this season.  In those two starts, Lee has allowed just one run in 14 innings.  In his career against the Rockies, Lee is 1-1 in two starts with a 2.08 ERA.

Colorado will start 5-4 left-hander Jeff Francis.  He sports a 5.73 ERA in 2012 and in six career starts against the Phillies, Francis is 1-1 with a 6.03 ERA.

KYW’s Matt Leon got both sides of tonight’s story as he spoke with Kevin Cooney, Phillies beat writer for Calkins Media and phillyburbs.com and Rockies broadcaster Jerry Schemmel.

Kevin Cooney:

Jerry Schemmel:

You can follow Matt on Twitter @mattleonkyw.

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