Williams can't contain Rox as Phils settle for split

Williams can't contain Rox as Phils settle for split

DENVER -- Catcher Michael McKenry broke a fifth-inning tie with a two-run homer and the Rockies added on in a 7-3 win over the Phillies in Thursday's series finale at Coors Field.

McKenry's homer off Phils starter Jerome Williams (3-4) helped the Rockies to their fourth victory in eight games and their second straight split of a four-game series.

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Howard, Utley driving Phillies' offense again

Howard, Utley driving Phillies' offense again

DENVER -- The Phillies lost Thursday at Coors Field, but they have to like what they see from Ryan Howard and Chase Utley.

Howard hit a game-tying home run in the fifth inning in a 7-3 loss to the Rockies. He has homered nine times in his last 28 games. Bryce Harper (11) and Giancarlo Stanton (10) are the only two hitters in baseball with more home runs since Howard hit his first homer April 21.

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Tough month continues for Williams

Tough month continues for Williams

DENVER -- The end of May cannot come fast enough for Phillies right-hander Jerome Williams.

Williams allowed five runs in five innings in Thursday's 7-3 loss to the Rockies at Coors Field. Williams is 1-3 with a 7.03 ERA in five starts this month, which is the sixth-highest ERA in baseball in May among pitchers with four or more starts.

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O'Sullivan looks to build off first win vs. rival Nats

O'Sullivan looks to build off first win vs. rival Nats

The National League East foes will meet for the third time this season and the second time in the nation's capital. The Phillies took two of three in both teams' second series of the season, but the Nationals responded by taking three of four in mid-April. That was the first series win of the season for Washington after losing three straight to open the year. The Nationals have outscored the Phillies 26-20 this season.

Max Scherzer will get the ball in the opener for the Nationals. Philadelphia will start Sean O'Sullivan, who earned his first win of the season after tossing six scoreless innings vs. Arizona on Sunday. He is 1-2.

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Gonzalez makes case for more opportunities

Phillies rookie limits Rockies to one run in five innings

Gonzalez makes case for more opportunities

DENVER -- Phillies right-hander Severino Gonzalez has a pretty nice opportunity ahead of him.

He allowed one run in five innings in Wednesday night's 4-2 victory over the Rockies at Coors Field. Gonzalez rejoined the Phillies' rotation following an injury to right-hander Chad Billingsley, which will keep him on the 15-day disabled list four to six weeks.

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Statcast: Howard's homer leaves bat at 108 mph

Phillies first baseman finding groove at plate

Statcast: Howard's homer leaves bat at 108 mph

DENVER -- Ryan Howard obliterated a baseball in the third inning Wednesday night at Coors Field.

He sent a 1-1 slider 454 feet to center field for a solo home run in a 4-2 victory over the Rockies, giving the Phillies seven wins in their last eight games. Statcast™ data said the ball left his bat at 108 mph, making it one of his hardest hit balls of the season.

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Howard's big night powers Phils past Rockies

Howard's big night powers Phils past Rockies

DENVER -- Ryan Howard crunched a 454-foot home run among his three hits as the Phillies won for the seventh time in eight games, 4-2, over the Rockies at Coors Field on a chilly Wednesday night.

Howard's third-inning blast accounted for one of the four runs (two earned) and six hits against Rockies starter Eddie Butler (2-5), who was gone after three innings. Butler was chased in 2 2/3 innings of his previous start, against the Dodgers.

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Phillies, Angels have discussed Revere trade

Phillies, Angels have discussed Revere trade

DENVER -- Cody Asche is in Triple-A, preparing to become the Phillies' everyday left fielder. Domonic Brown's bat is heating up, too.

Both will rejoin the Phillies at some point, possibly soon.

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After error, Franco comes up big with the bat

In five games since callup, Phillies' prospect has 5 RBIs

After error, Franco comes up big with the bat

DENVER -- Maikel Franco, the Phillies' No. 3 prospect according to MLB.com, had one of the hottest bats in Triple-A when they recalled him on Friday.

He has continued to hit in the bigs. Franco went 3-for-4 with one double and three RBIs in Tuesday's 6-5 loss to the Rockies at Coors Field. Franco doubled and scored in the second inning, singled to plate the tying run in the third inning and singled to score two runs to tie the game in the eighth inning. He is hitting .350 (7-for-20) with one double, one triple, one home run and five RBIs in five games.

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Phillies recall appearances on Letterman

Hamels, Howard, Papelbon, Schmidt have been on show

Phillies recall appearances on Letterman

DENVER -- Cole Hamels spent the night of Oct. 29, 2008, partying and celebrating with his teammates.

The Phillies had just won their second World Series in franchise history, and Hamels had been named World Series MVP. He got home around 6 a.m. when the bleary-eyed pitcher received a telephone call.

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Getting third out proves difficult for Phils' bullpen

De Fratus allows decisive homer with two outs in 8th

Getting third out proves difficult for Phils' bullpen

DENVER -- The third out proved problematic for the Phillies' bullpen Tuesday night at Coors Field.

Phillies left-hander Jake Diekman allowed two runs with two outs in the seventh inning to hand the Rockies a two-run lead in an eventual 6-5 loss, which snapped the Phillies' six-game winning streak. Everything in the seventh happened after Diekman struck out the first two batters he faced. Phillies right-hander Justin De Fratus then allowed a two-out solo home run to Nick Hundley in the eighth inning to give the Rockies the lead after the Phillies scored twice in the top of the inning to tie the game.

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Franco hot, but bullpen falters in Colorado

Franco hot, but bullpen falters in Colorado

DENVER -- Nick Hundley homered to left-center field with two outs in the eighth as the Rockies won, 6-5, and snapped the Phillies' win streak at six games on Tuesday night at Coors Field.

Hundley's homer, his third this season, came off Phillies righty Justin De Fratus (0-1). It gave the usually strong-at-home Rockies their first victory at Coors since April 24, after six straight losses.

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Hamels gets needed support in strong outing

Southpaw strikes out seven and allows just one run in 7 1/3 innings

Hamels gets needed support in strong outing

DENVER -- Give Cole Hamels just a little bit of run support and he will handle the rest.

Hamels dominated in 7 1/3 innings in Monday night's 4-3 victory over the Rockies at Coors Field, allowing six hits, one run, one walk and striking out seven to improve to 4-3 with a 3.24 ERA. Hamels is 11-0 with a 2.24 ERA in 17 starts over the past two seasons when the Phillies score three or more runs for him when he is in the game.

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Phillies break through to back stellar Hamels

Phillies break through to back stellar Hamels

DENVER -- Cole Hamels struck out seven and limited the Rockies to six hits in 7 1/3 innings for his third straight win as the Phillies prevailed, 4-3, on Monday night at Coors Field.

Hamels (4-3) dueled with Rockies righty Jordan Lyles (2-4) until the sixth, when the Phillies scored three runs with two outs. Odubel Herrera doubled in two runs, and Carlos Ruiz added an RBI single.

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Hamels' latest gem shows his great value

Left-hander spins 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball against Rockies

Hamels' latest gem shows his great value

DENVER -- Contenders take note. There is no sense waiting any longer.

If a top-of-the-rotation left-hander is on the wish list, Cole Hamels is alive and well, pitching for the Phillies. And the asking price isn't going down. If anything, it may nudge up a bit every time Hamels takes the mound the way he is pitching.

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Win streak pumping life into Phillies' clubhouse

After tough start to the season, the Phillies are playing their best baseball

Win streak pumping life into Phillies' clubhouse

DENVER -- The Phillies' clubhouse had not been a particularly fun place to be the first six weeks of the season.

C-SPAN programming has been livelier.

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Phillies lose Billingsley, Buchanan to injury

Gonzalez scheduled to take Billingsley's place on Wednesday in Colorado

Phillies lose Billingsley, Buchanan to injury

DENVER -- The Phillies took a couple more hits to their starting pitching on Sunday.

They announced right-hander Chad Billingsley has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right latissimus dorsi. He could rejoin the rotation in four to six weeks. Triple-A right-hander David Buchanan, who opened the season in the Phillies' rotation, suffered a severely sprained right ankle in Sunday's start. He is expected to miss six to eight weeks.

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Kendrick looks back on time with Phillies

Kendrick looks back on time with Phillies

DENVER -- Kyle Kendrick had spent his entire professional baseball career with the Phillies, and he had hoped that relationship might continue beyond 2014.

But a week after last season ended, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told Kendrick, 30, the organization wanted to go in a different direction.

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O'Sullivan sharp as Phillies take fifth straight

O'Sullivan sharp as Phillies take fifth straight

PHILADELPHIA -- It'd been a long time since the Phillies last swept a team. It'd been even longer since Sean O'Sullivan added to his win column.

With a 6-0 victory over the D-backs on Sunday, the Phillies did both. For the first time in 20 series, the Phillies completed a sweep, continuing a torrid 31-16 streak versus the D-backs dating back to 2008. O'Sullivan, who hadn't earned a win since May 12, 2011, hurled six shutout innings, allowing just five hits and striking out four while walking two.

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Franco breaks through in big way at plate

Rookie blasts first home run and triple in win

Franco breaks through in big way at plate

PHILADELPHIA -- Maikel Franco is going to need some new headgear.

First off, he probably needs a new batting helmet. Twice in two days the rookie's helmet has flown off his head while rounding the bases. Saturday it was while he was charging toward home. Sunday it happened while he was barreling toward third base.

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O'Sullivan revels in first victory since 2011

Survives D-backs' rally, ball to throat to secure win

O'Sullivan revels in first victory since 2011

PHILADELPHIA -- Pitching wins still matter to some people.

Exactly four years ago Sunday, Sean O'Sullivan, then a member of the Kansas City Royals, lost a decision against the Cleveland Indians. That began a streak of 18 consecutive starting appearances spanning four years that O'Sullivan didn't notch a single win. And he wasn't particularly hurt by no-decisions: His teams went 2-16 in those games.

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Sizemore makes most of his opportunity

Sizemore makes most of his opportunity

PHILADELPHIA -- Sometimes a hitter just needs some opportunities.

Over his last six games, Grady Sizemore is proving this to be true.

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Utley showing signs of ending his slump

Utley showing signs of ending his slump

PHILADELPHIA -- It might be a coincidence, but Chase Utley must love the results.

He is 3-for-6 with two doubles and two RBIs in two games since Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg dropped him from third to sixth in the Phillies' lineup. Utley went 2-for-3 with one double and two RBIs in Saturday night's 7-5 victory over Arizona at Citizens Bank Park.

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Phillies' offense helps extend winning streak to four

Phillies' offense helps extend winning streak to four

PHILADELPHIA -- Before Friday, the Phillies didn't have a three-game win streak in 2015. Now the streak is four.

The Phillies, who improved their record to 15-23 with the win, defeated the D-backs 7-5 in an offensive affair Saturday that saw a combined 23 hits and 11 pitchers used.

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Garcia works 6 outs for first career save

Phillies turn to right-hander with Papelbon, Giles getting night off

Garcia works 6 outs for first career save

PHILADELPHIA -- Luis Garcia considered the contributions from several Phillies in Friday night's 4-3 victory over Arizona at Citizens Bank Park.

Freddy Galvis singled to score two runs to tie the game in the seventh inning. Cesar Hernandez singled and scored. Elvis Araujo earned the first win of his career for picking up a big out in the seventh. Odubel Herrera made a nice catch in center field in the eighth. Oh, and Garcia picked up a six-out save, the first save of his career and the first time a Phillies pitcher had pitched two or more innings to earn a save since Sept. 29, 2009, when Ryan Madson pitched two innings against Houston.

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Phillies rally in 7th for first 3-game win streak

Phillies rally in 7th for first 3-game win streak

PHILADELPHIA -- It took more than five weeks, but the Phillies finally have their first three-game winning streak of 2015. They scored three runs in the seventh inning to take the lead Friday night in a 4-3 victory over the D-backs at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phillies were the last team in the National League to have a three-game winning streak, with their last coming on a four-game streak in late August.

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.