Phillies 8, Rockies 4

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DENVER (AP) - Shane Victorino wrangled with an out-of-control tarp and then hit a two-run homer after the stoppage in Philadelphia's 8-4 win over the Colorado Rockies Sunday.

The win puts the Phillies dubious milestone on hold until after the All-Star break. They've lost 9,999 games in franchise history.

Jimmy Rollins had three hits -- including two RBI singles -- and Pat Burrell hit his 11th homer of the season for Philadelphia.

Adam Eaton (8-5) won for the first time since June 11, going six innings and giving up four runs and eight hits. He also struck out three.

Ryan Madson pitched three innings for his first save.

The Phillies did their good deed for the day in the seventh-inning delay, rescuing members of Colorado's grounds crew from underneath the whipping tarp. A strong burst of wind caught hold of it as the crew tried to roll it over the infield.

Victorino grabbed a corner, dug in his feet and pulled it as hard as he could toward left field. Ryan Howard held a section down with a knee. Michael Bourn started heaving sand bags onto the tarp to weigh it down.

Even plate umpire Bill Welke and crew chief John Hirschbeck were out there trying to keep the tarp from flying away again.

The grounds crew had no trouble with the tarp when they removed it following the 50-minute delay. It's the second straight rain delay, the one Saturday night lasting one hour and 22 minutes.

"That was the worst ever," said Mark Razum, Colorado's head groundskeeper. "The wind was so strong, we couldn't hold it. When it draped over the guys, I was worried that somebody might suffocate. It was really cool the Phillies came out and gave us a hand."

Although the presence of loss No. 10,000 is hanging over their heads, the Phillies say they are paying little attention to it.

"It's no big deal," infielder Wes Helms said. "Other organizations that are around as long as the Phillies have been are going to eventually reach 10,000 losses."

Todd Helton and Kaz Matsui homered for the Rockies, whose five-game winning streak ended. Aaron Cook (5-6) lasted six innings, giving up a season-high 12 hits and allowing five runs.

All the publicity surrounding loss No. 10,000 has worn out Philadelphia players.

"It's not worth talking about," said Chase Utley, who had two singles and an RBI on Sunday. "This team has been around a long time. There isn't much to say about it."

Howard will be taking a familiar arm with him to San Francisco as he tries to defend his Home Run Derby crown Monday night. Bullpen coach Ramon Henderson will be throwing him belt-high fastballs on the inner half of the plate.

The two have been working on their timing the past few days.

"He's pretty good," said Howard, who has 21 homers this season.

Henderson also pitched to Bobby Abreu when he won the contest while a member of the Phillies in 2005.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved)

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