Garrett Hampson scored twice and scored within five points as the Colorado Rockies dealt another blow to the Philadelphia Phillies’ playoff prospects with a 5-4 victory on Sunday.
Both Hampson’s home runs came in on 0-2 shots – a three-run fifth inning on a suspended curved ball by Phillies starter Aaron Nola and a two-run tiebreaker in the seventh against Hector Neris ( 2-6). The Philadelphia pitchers have allowed 16 home runs on 0-2 counts this season, the most in the majors.
“They attacked our hitters all day,” Hampson said. “I missed a few shots at the start, but I made a few mistakes on a few fastballs. I was able to crush him and get a good hitting pitch.”
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The Rockies hit five homers on 0-2 shots as they won three of Philadelphia’s four games after having had three such homers this season.
“It’s a bad execution,” said Phillies manager Joe Girardi. “It must be better or it is.”
The Phillies have lost 4 1/2 games behind the NL East leader Atlanta, with 19 games remaining.
“It stank, it stank,” Girardi said of the show. “There’s no other way to describe it. It stank.”
The Rockies – who have 30 games under 0.500 (21-51) on the road – have won the season series against Philadelphia 5-2. Against the Rockies and Diamondbacks – the last two teams in the NL West with a combined score of 63 games under 0.500 – the Phillies finished the season 5-9.
“We kept saying how important these games are to them, but it’s also huge for us,” said Hampson. “We want to play spoilers and play against these teams. Coming here and taking three of four in Philadelphia is pretty awesome.”
Bryce Harper has hit his 32nd homer of the season for the Phillies. JT Realmuto had three hits and scored two runs.
“We have to win every series to the end,” Realmuto said. “We have to sweep a few to catch the Braves. We can’t just sit there and play .500 and expect them to come back to us. We have to play better.”
Sunday’s start was the 30th of Nola’s career in September, in which he is 7-13 with a 4.55 ERA and 30 homers cleared in 172 innings. This is the only month in which Nola holds a record below 0.500.
Nola struck out 10 batters and caused plenty of weak contacts, but Hampson’s 0-2 pitch derailed his outing and gave Colorado a 3-2 lead.
“I just gave Hampson a bad shot over there,” said Nola. “I should have tried to throw him at 50 feet. He put a good swing on it like he should have had on a curved ball in the middle.”
Realmuto scored on a wild shot from Ashton Goudeau (1-0) in the sixth to tie.
With Elias Diaz on goals and two strikeouts in the seventh, Hampson dropped Neris’ fastball into the flowerbed just above outfielder Matt Vierling’s glove. It was his third career multi-home game.
Harper scored the eighth, his 25th solo shot of the season. Only seven came with runners on the base.
Carlos Estevez worked the ninth for his seventh stop.
Rockies: OF Sam Hilliard was out of the roster a day after being hit in the elbow by a Zack Wheeler throw.
Phillies: Activated C Andrew Knapp from the COVID-19 Injury List, where he had been since August 27. C Rafael Marchand was chosen for the Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Rockies: Start a three-game series in Atlanta on Tuesday. RHP Jon Gray (7-10, 4.18 ERA) should face Braves right-hander Touki Toussaint (3-2, 4.11).
Phillies: Host the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. RHP Kyle Gibson (10-6, 3.38) will start against Chicago RHP Adrian Sampson (0-2, 2.20).