Hampson 2 homers, Rockies take 3 of 4 from Phillies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Garrett Hampson homered twice and knocked in all five runs as the Colorado Rockies dealt another blow to the Philadelphia Phillies’ playoff hopes with a 5-4 victory Sunday.

Both of Hampson’s homers came on 0-2 pitches — a three-run shot in the fifth inning on a hanging curveball by Phillies starter Aaron Nola and tiebreaking a two-run blast in the seventh off Hector Neris (2-6). Philadelphia pitchers have allowed 16 homers on 0-2 counts this season, the most in the majors.

The Phillies fell 4 1/2 games behind NL East-leading Atlanta with 18 games to play.

The Rockies — who are 30 games below .500 (21-51) on the road — took three of four at Philadelphia and won the season series, 5-2.

Bryce Harper hit his 32nd homer of the season for the Phillies. J.T. Realmuto had three hits and scored two runs.

Sunday’s start was the 30th of Nola’s career in September, during which he is 7-13 with a 4.55 ERA and 30 homers allowed in 172 innings. It’s the only month in which Nola carries a sub-.500 record.

Nola struck out 10 batters and induced plenty of weak contact, but the 0-2 pitch to Hampson derailed his outing and gave Colorado a 3-2 lead.

Realmuto scored on a wild pitch from Ashton Goudeau (1-0) in the sixth to tie it.

With Elias Diaz on base and two outs in the seventh, Hampson deposited Neris’ fastball in the flower bed just above left fielder Matt Vierling’s glove. It was his third career multi-homer game.

Harper homered in the eighth, his 25th solo shot of the season. Only seven have come with runners on base.

Carlos Estevez worked the ninth for his seventh save.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rockies: OF Sam Hilliard was out of the lineup, one day after being hit in the elbow by a pitch from Zack Wheeler.

Phillies: Activated C Andrew Knapp from the COVID-19 injured list, where he had been since Aug. 27. C Rafael Marchand was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

UP NEXT

Rockies: Begin a three-game series at Atlanta on Tuesday. RHP Jon Gray (7-10, 4.18 ERA) is scheduled to square off against Braves righty 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).

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