DENVER (AP) - Vance Worley got his first hit of the season by beating out an infield single, taking a face-first fall when he stepped awkwardly on the bag at the end of his frantic second-inning dash down the line.
Turns out he was just getting started.
Worley pitched into the seventh inning and hit a two-run double, Carlos Ruiz added a three-run homer, and the Philadelphia Phillies hung on to beat the Colorado Rockies 8-5 Saturday night to snap a 5-game losing streak.
"I think I had to fall on my face to really figure out how to hit," Worley quipped.
It didn't seem to hurt his pitching, either.
Worley (5-5) allowed two runs on eight hits in 6 2-3 innings. He struck out two and walked two, worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth and benefited from an especially strong outing by All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon who quelled a late Rockies rally by getting five outs for his 19th save in 21 chances.
"He's been clutch," Worley said. "Anytime we ask him to do his job, he comes out there and competes."