De La Rosa sets franchise K's mark in shaky start

Lefty passes Ubaldo with 774 career K's while needing 108 pitches to get through 4 1/3

De La Rosa sets franchise K's mark in shaky start

DENVER -- Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa surpassed Ubaldo Jimenez as Colorado's career strikeout leader during an otherwise unremarkable start in the Rockies' 7-3 victory over the Phillies on Thursday.

De La Rosa was mostly wild while throwing 108 pitches in 4 1/3 innings, but his fifth and final strikeout of the game -- of Freddy Galvis to end the third -- was the 774th of his career.

"You look at his career and how he stacks up against Rockies pitchers in this franchise's history," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "He's right there at the top. This is just another number we have to prove that."

Said De La Rosa: "It's always good when you break a record. Ubaldo is a good buddy of mine."

De La Rosa, who had pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings while beating the Dodgers in his previous start, gave up three runs on five hits and three walks. After the Rockies took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth, De La Rosa gave up a Chase Utley triple and watched him score on Darin Ruf's sacrifice fly, then served up Ryan Howard's game-tying homer on a 1-0 pitch.

"Like they say, when you can't throw strikes, you're going to make a lot of mistakes, and that happened today," De La Rosa said.

Catcher Michael McKenry said there were extenuating circumstances to De La Rosa's start.

"De La started the game with a tear in his finger," McKenry said. "He was bleeding on the ball in the bullpen, and it was tough for him today. And he battled."

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