May 26, 2024

Schwarber homers twice and Sánchez pitches 6 strong innings as Phillies finish sweep of Rockies

Colorado Rockies pitcher Ryan Feltner throws to an Arizona Diamondbacks batter during the first inning during a baseball game Sunday, March 31, 2024, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

By AARON BRACY Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kyle Schwarber hit two home runs, including the 250th of his career, Cristopher Sánchez pitched six strong innings and the Philadelphia Phillies completed a three-game sweep with a 7-6 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.
Trea Turner homered, doubled and singled for the Phillies, who moved a season-best three games over .500. Philadelphia has won 13 of its last 15 against the Rockies.
Ezequiel Tovar had three hits and drove in two runs for Colorado, which dropped to 4-15. The Rockies entered tied with Miami for the worst record in the NL.
Schwarber blasted his milestone shot 432 feet leading off the first inning against Ryan Feltner (1-2). He went deep again in the sixth, driving a 94 mph fastball from Peter Lambert off the facing of the second deck in right field, 411 feet from home plate, to make it 7-1.
Sánchez (1-2) recovered from a shaky first inning to strike out 10 and walk one while allowing five hits. Colorado’s lone run against the lefty was unearned.
José Alvarado pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save.
The game was played on a cool, misty night that felt much colder than the game-time temperature of 60 degrees.
Colorado pulled within one with five runs in the eighth off Gregory Soto and Jeff Hoffman. All five runs were charged to Soto, who gave up three singles and two walks to six batters. Tovar’s two-run single off Hoffman made it 7-6, but the right-hander got Brenton Doyle to line out sharply to right to end the threat.
The Rockies scored first for just the second time this season on Elias Díaz’s RBI groundout in the first.
But the Phillies answered with four runs in the bottom half. Turner followed Schwarber’s drive to right with a solo shot to left. J.T. Realmuto added an RBI single and Alec Bohm an RBI double.
Rockies: Placed OF/INF Kris Bryant on the 10-day injured list with a low back strain. The 32-year-old Bryant missed the last three games after crashing into the outfield wall to make a catch in Saturday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays. The move was retroactive to April 14. The Rockies recalled outfielder Sean Bouchard from Triple-A Albuquerque to take Bryant’s place.
Rockies: Colorado returns home to play Seattle on Friday, with Rockies RHP Dakota Hudson (0-3, 4.15) facing Mariners RHP Emerson Hancock (1-2, 7.98).
Phillies: After an off day, the Phillies open a three-game home series against the White Sox on Friday with Philadelphia RHP Spencer Turnbull (1-0, 1.80) opposing Chicago LHP Garrett Crochet (1-2, 3.57).