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PHI@MIA: Hamels fans six over seven quality frames

Following Monday's nine-run outburst will be a tall order for the Phillies as they oppose a real hot pitcher in Jorge De La Rosa at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night.

Philadelphia's 9-0 victory against the Rockies punctuated a season riddled with anemic offensive performances.

"Hopefully it's the start of something," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said after Monday evening's win.

Over their past 17 home games, the Phillies have been held to one run three times and been shut out six times.

"In this ballpark, we need to improve on scoring runs," Sandberg said. "At times we've created a baserunner, and we just needed a swing to score some runs. With an offensive ballpark like this one, we need to answer the teams coming in. In a lot of ways it comes down to a hit, an extra-base hit or one out of the ballpark."

Situational hits will be hard to come by against De La Rosa, who has bared down since starting 0-2 with a 9.69 ERA in his first three starts. In his past six starts, the left-hander owns a 5-0 record and 1.85 ERA over 34 innings.

"I'm just staying focused; in the beginning I couldn't be focused all the time," De La Rosa said. "The bullpens were good, the first two innings of the game were good and after that I lost my concentration. But I worked on those things, and I'm way better now.

"I read a little bit, but not much," he added. "I just watched my videos and watched what other pitchers did when they were in trouble, and they had the same focus, so I did that."

Cole Hamels will take the mound for Philadelphia while trying to limit the highest-scoring offense in the Majors.

Hamels has turned things around after going four starts without a win, accruing a 2.14 ERA and 26 strikeouts in his past 21 innings pitched. The southpaw had a shutout through five innings his last time out before surrounding three runs over his final two innings of work and didn't figure in the decision against Miami on Thursday.

Phillies: Revere viewed as potential spark plug
Phillies center fielder Ben Revere has a .291 batting average, but he has managed just three walks in 158 at-bats and carries a .304 OBP. On top of that, he has gone 1,462 at-bats into his Major League career without a home run, which is the longest stretch to start a Major League career since Frank Taveras' streak of 1,594 homerless at-bats from 1972-77.

For Revere to provide value at the top of the lineup, he has to use his speed more.

"That's part of his game, to get on there and create some havoc with the stolen base and to have the green light; he has that," Sandberg said. "On the other side of the coin, the pitchers are paying attention to him, and they shorten up and do some things."

Rockies: Rosario slumping since return
Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario has struggled to find himself offensively since returning from a nasty flu bug that sent him to the disabled list and cost him 13 games. In eight games since his return he is 5-for-27 with a home run, three RBIs and eight strikeouts. He has also grounded into four double plays.

Before the illness, Rosario lost some playing time to hand and wrist injuries. Before and after games, Rosario is receiving treatment on his left hand. He tried to deflect questions about the hand.

"I hit the ball sometimes and they catch it, and sometimes the hand doesn't help, but we're all day for day," Rosario said. "It's pretty close [to normal]. I've got to keep working my hand. I've got to do it every day. I don't like to use excuses. It's part of the game and part of the life. You've got to keep doing what you do and get better."

Worth noting
• The Phillies are 96-67 against the Rockies all-time. Colorado has not won a series in Philadelphia since Aug. 9-12, 2005.

• Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki's throwing error in the sixth inning Monday was his first of the season and ended his run of games without an error at 50.

• Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is 15 hits shy of setting the Phillies' all-time franchise hits record. He has 2,220 career hits, second most in Phillies history, trailing only Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt (2,234).

• Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon needs one more save for the 300th of his career. Comments