PHILADELPHIA -- It has not been a fair fight this week at Citizens Bank Park.
The Rockies rolled to a 7-2 victory over the Phillies on Wednesday night and have won the first three games of the four-game series by a combined score of 23-5. With the win, the Rockies improved to a National League-best 31-17.
The Phillies' rotation continues to struggle. It has posted a 6.39 ERA (80 earned runs in 112 2/3 innings) this month as the club has lost 20 of its last 24 games. Only the Mets' rotation has been worse.
"I know they're better than that," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "In a long season, these things sometimes happen. I remember Atlanta, the first half of last year, was terrible. They had a real good second half. I believe we just need to get something going. We're going to put something together. I believe that."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Good Story: Rockies shortstop Trevor Story returned from the 10-day disabled list Wednesday and recorded a double with two walks and a run scored. He had been on the DL since May 11 because of a strained left shoulder.
No no-no: Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood cruised against the Phillies. He retired 12 of the first 15 batters he faced before allowing a single to Andrew Knapp with two outs in the fifth inning for the Phillies' first hit of the game. Chatwood allowed one hit and four walks in seven innings. He struck out eight to improve to 4-6 with a 4.50 ERA.
"I think you just don't want to be the guy left behind, you don't want to be the guy not pitching well in the rotation and not helping us win." -- Chatwood, on the Rockies' thriving young starting pitchers
"I remember when I took over in '15, the team was scuffling, really not playing well. Then something clicked and we started beating teams. Last year, we had a good first part of the season and then kind of scuffled at the end. Sometimes one little thing clicks and we get better. There's a lot of baseball left, and I know we're better than this. We just have to have some kind of spark to get out of it." -- Mackanin, on the early-season struggles
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The Phillies' three lowest offensive hit totals have all come in their last four games. They have been three-hit twice this series and once against the Pirates on Sunday.
The Phillies optioned left-hander Adam Morgan after he pitched three scoreless innings. They will make a corresponding move Thursday. They could activate right-hander Jeanmar Gomez, who is on the DL with an impingement in his right elbow.
WHAT'S NEXT Rockies: Tyler Anderson (3-4, 6.00 ERA) gets the ball for the Rockies as they look for the four-game sweep Thursday at 11:05 a.m. MT. After a rough six starts in April (7.71 ERA), Anderson has settled in and holds a 3.06 ERA in three starts in May.
Phillies: Right-hander Vince Velasquez (2-4, 5.98 ERA) pitches Thursday's series finale against the Rockies. Velasquez has struggled this season and has become frustrated with his performance. He said last weekend in Pittsburgh that he felt "clueless" on the mound.