07/07/07 3:30 AM ET
Torrealba delivers for Rockies faithful
Colorado catcher caps comeback with 11th-inning single
By Thomas Harding / MLB.com
Torrealba calmly tapped a single up the middle to complete a comeback from a five-run deficit and give the Rockies their seventh straight home victory, 7-6, over the Phillies in front of 29,239.
Only after Torrealba singled off J.D. Durbin (0-2) and Garrett Atkins scored from second base did Torrealba, who claps and points skyward on successes and can slam a helmet or wave his arms in disgust when things go the other way, let his joy bubble over.
"People that don't know me, they're going to think I'm, I don't know, different," said Torrealba, who went 3-for-6 Friday and is 8-for-16 in his last three games. "I'm an emotional player. If I go 0-for-4, you'll see some stuff, and if I go 4-for-4, you'll see something else.
"But I just focused on my opportunity and concentrated on hitting the ball to the big part of the field."
After falling behind, 6-1, with Jeff Francis giving up six runs on 12 hits in five innings, the Rockies hit the ball all over the field. Colorado needs a sweep of Philadelphia in the three-game set to finish above .500 at the All-Star break.
Cory Sullivan, who had three hits, knocked a two-run single in the sixth off Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick. Matt Holliday extended his home hit streak to 25 games with a solo shot off Michael Zagurski in the seventh, and Ryan Spilborghs made it a one-run game with a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
Brad Hawpe tied it with a two-out, two-strike homer on a pitch from Antonio Alfonseca in the bottom of the ninth.
"I think our team is playing with a lot of confidence right now," said Hawpe, who is tied with Holliday for the team lead with 15 homers. "Not just confidence in ourselves, but confidence in others -- confidence that the bullpen is good and that we'll play real good defense."
The bullpen and the defense helped Friday's victory.
Relievers Tom Martin, Matt Herges, Jeremy Affeldt, Jorge Julio and Manny Corpas (3-2) held the Phillies to two hits in six innings.
The bullpen, however, will spend the rest of the series without three-time All-Star left-hander Brian Fuentes, who will rest a strained left lat muscle and will not participate in the All-Star Game on Tuesday in San Francisco.
Corpas received help from first baseman Todd Helton, who has won three Rawlings Gold Glove Awards. Helton made a diving stop of Shane Victorino's grounder and a backhand snag of Chase Utley's short-hop grounder down the line for the first two outs of the 11th.
"We're playing good baseball for the hometown crowd, and we have been for a little while," said Rockies manager Clint Hurdle, whose club has won 13 its last 15 games at Coors Field. "We just kept at it."
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.