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Phillies back Zach Eflin's strong start with power display in win over Rockies

Phillies back Zach Eflin's strong start with power display in win over Rockies

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DENVER -- Upset over his early lack of control, rookie right-hander Zach Eflin had a quick heart-to-heart conversation with himself and set things right.

Eflin settled down to pitch six strong innings for his second career big league victory in the Phillies’ 10-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday (see Instant Replay).

Eflin’s outing did not start out the way he wanted. He walked two of the first four batters he faced, ending a string of 21 straight innings in which he had not issued a walk. And even though he got out of the first unscathed, Eflin knew he had to regain his command to give himself a chance for success in his first career outing at hitter friendly Coors Field.

“As soon as I got out of the inning, I told myself it was unacceptable,” Eflin said. “I don’t really walk guys and I walked two in the same inning. Something wasn’t right but I was able to bounce back and even learn after the first inning. I kept the ball down, kept guys guessing. I attacked the bottom part of the zone.”

Eflin, who went the distance against Atlanta in earning his first big-league win last time out, allowed two runs in six innings. He struck out three and walked two in putting together two straight strong outings. And, especially confidence-wise, the 22 year old continues to move on from his very shaky big-league debut June 14 against Toronto, when he didn’t get out of the third inning while allowing nine runs in 2 ⅔ innings against the powerful Blue Jays.

“You just can’t live in the past,” Eflin said. “You’ve always got to have your head high, your chin up and a positive attitude. I learn after every outing and I learned a lot after that one. I’ve done a good job of keeping the ball down and throwing all my pitches for strikes and keeping the hitters guessing.”

Manager Pete Mackanin noted that excluding the outing in Toronto, Eflin has fashioned a 2.20 ERA in five starts since then.

“Toronto was a tough team to break in against; he just didn’t locate anything,” Mackanin said. “Lately, he started locating better and better. This Rockies team is a darn-good hitting team and he handled them pretty well. I’m very pleased.”

It didn’t hurt that he got plenty of offensive support from his teammates as well.

Cameron Rupp had a career-high four hits, including a home run to break out of an 0 for 12 streak. Maikel Franco added three hits, including his 18th home run of the season.

Rupp and Franco had seven RBIs between them. Franco extended his hitting streak to 10 games. He has had multiple hits in six of those games.

Franco teed off on a 3-0 offering from Jason Motte, connecting for a three-run homer during the Phillies’ four-run eighth inning.

“I knew 3-0 I had to be ready for my pitch, and 100 percent, I knew he wanted to give me the fastball right there,” Franco said. “And I was ready for it and I got good contact on it. It felt great.”

Franco’s homer reached the concourse beyond the left field bleachers, traveling 471 feet. It was the longest home run by a Phillies player since Ryan Howard hit a 473-foot home run on Sept. 9, 2009 in Atlanta.

Rupp's homer on Sunday went nearly as far, going 465 feet into the greenery in dead center.

"They were both good ones," Rupp said. "We know the ball travels well here but you still have to make good swings and you can't miss your pitches. We didn't this weekend."

Freddy Galvis had a pair of hits, recording multiple hits in a career high fifth consecutive game. He had an RBI single in the eighth.

The Phils have won 12 of their last 17 games heading into this week's All-Star break. The schedule picks back up Friday when the New York Mets come to Citizens Bank Park to start a three-game set.

Phillies schedule: Phils-Braves postponed because of inclement weather, doubleheader Sunday

Phillies schedule: Phils-Braves postponed because of inclement weather, doubleheader Sunday

Friday night's series opener between the Phillies and Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park has been rained out.

It was a "quick bang" as they say in the baseball business, no waiting around for the bad weather to clear out. That's part of the health and safety protocol for the COVID-impacted 2020 season. Major League Baseball does not want players and staff sitting around for long periods of time in enclosed areas like a clubhouse.

The postponement will be made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. Game 2 begins 40 minutes after Game 1 ends. The Phillies have 53 games remaining on their schedule and six of them will be played as part of doubleheaders. They already played a doubleheader Wednesday night, splitting with the New York Yankees.

Jake Arrieta will start for the Phillies Saturday against the Braves. Vince Velasquez will start one of the games of the doubleheader Sunday. The starter for the other game is still TBA. The Phils could promote prospect Spencer Howard to make the start. More on that as it becomes available.

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Phillies Talk podcast: Massive early-season Phillies-Braves series on tap

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Phillies Talk podcast: Massive early-season Phillies-Braves series on tap

The Phillies will play 40% of their games against the Braves over the next four days, making this a massive early-season NL East series.

Jim Salisbury and Corey Seidman discuss that and more on the latest Phillies Talk podcast.

• How do Phils and Braves match up in 2020?

• How often can the Phillies' bullpen do what it did in series finale vs. Yankees?

• They're lucky to have Hector Neris.

• Starting pitching has been good so far â€” particularly Zack Wheeler.

• Phillies quietly Top 6 in on-base percentage and slugging.

• Phillies bound for regression one way or the other.

• Yankees complaints.

• J.T. owes the fans a pizza.

• Will we hear the air horn every game now?

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