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Phillies scale Rockies on Stairs' 2-run homer in ninth

MATT Stairs' pinch-hit two-run home run in the ninth inning lifted the rallying Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.

"That's why Stairs is on our team," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel told reporters. "Stairs is amazing."

Colorado scored four runs in the first inning off Philadelphia starter Park Chan-ho before the World Series champion Phillies chipped away at the lead to tie the score at 5-5 on Chase Utley's two-run homer in the eighth.

Pedro Feliz doubled to lead off the ninth for Philadelphia. He moved to third on Chris Coste's sacrifice bunt and scored when Stairs, batting for pitcher Ryan Madson, homered to right center off loser Huston Street.

"My approach doesn't change," said the 41-year-old Stairs, who had a game-winning home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of the National League championship series last year.

"It's amazing how it just came out last year that I try to hit home runs. It's been like that for 15 years. It doesn't happen as much as I'd like to, but it seems like the last couple of times it's worked pretty well."

Elsewhere in the NL, it was: Marlins 2, Mets 1; Reds 2, Pirates 0; Braves 8, Nationals 5; Cardinals 3, Astros 0; Padres 6, Giants 1; Dodgers 3, Diamondbacks 1; and Cubs 8, Brewers 5.

In the American League, it was: Angels 5, Red Sox 4; Tigers 6, Rangers 4; Indians 8, Blue Jays 4; Rays 11, Orioles 3; White Sox 6, Twins 1; Royals 6, Yankees 4; and Mariners 1, Athletics 0.

In Denver, Colorado, Park lasted only 3-1/3 innings as Colorado collected seven hits and five runs off the former Dodgers pitcher. He struck out two and walked three.

Run-scoring hits by Brad Hawpe and Garrett Atkins gave the Rockies a 2-0 lead. They made it 4-0 on Clint Barmes' two-run single to shallow left.

But five Philadelphia relievers allowed Colorado only two hits and no runs for the remainder of the game. Madson got the win by pitching the eighth.

Aaron Cook started for Colorado and went six innings, allowing seven hits and three runs.

In Anaheim, California, Bobby Abreu hit a go-ahead two-run single and Vladimir Guerrero hit his first home run of the season, leading the Angels to victory over Boston.

Dustin Moseley was charged with three runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out three in the finale of a tragic and somber season-opening homestand for the two-time defending AL West champions. Brian Fuentes got three outs for his second save.

The Angels won the series opener on Friday night following an emotional tribute to teammate Nick Adenhart, the 22-year-old rookie pitcher who was killed last Thursday along with two friends when the car they were in was broadsided by a van driven by a suspected drunken driver.

Josh Beckett allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings for Boston.

There was tension from the start between the two AL heavyweights.

The benches cleared in the first inning after the Angels took exception when Beckett threw a pitch over Abreu's head just as time was being called by plate umpire Paul Schreiber.


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