Rockies Grab Game 1 in Philly

Francis, bullpen shut down Phillies Top 4
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2007 6:45 PM CDT
Colorado Rockies' Matt Holliday, right, is greeted at the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 1 of a National League Division Series playoff baseball game Wednesday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Colorado ace Jeff Francis dazzled the Phillies' top 4 hitters as the Rockies won 4-2 today, taking a 1-0 division series lead. Philly's quartet of Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, and Ryan Howard fizzled with a collective 0-15 and 9 strikeouts. Utley put up 4 Ks all by himself, the Rocky Mountain News reports.

The Rockies scored 3 in the 2nd off of lefty Cole Hamels, then survived back-to-back solo homers by Aaron Rowand and Pat Burrell in the 5th. Matt Holiday's solo dinger in the 8th added an insurance run before 3 relievers kept the Phillies' bats quiet over the last three frames. Colorado and Philly will tee off again tomorrow at Citizens Bank Park before heading to Coors on Saturday.