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Nicasio struggles in Rockies' 8-7 loss to Phillies

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DENNIS GEORGATOS | June 15, 2013 01:41 AM EST | AP

DENVER — Going deep into games is still a problem for Juan Nicasio.

Nicasio couldn't get out of the sixth inning and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied from five runs down to overtake the Colorado Rockies 8-7 Friday night.

"He's had some struggles after the fifth," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "He's been dominant at times early then run into some trouble in the sixth inning."

Nicasio helped the Rockies build a 7-2 lead with a two-run single in the second, but also let the Phillies chip away at the cushion, allowing five runs on seven hits in 5 2-3 innings.

"The ball was up in the zone and not doing anything," Nicasio said. "I had a lead, but they're hitting and swinging."

In beating the Rockies for a sixth straight time, the Phillies overcame home runs by Carlos Gonzalez and Josh Rutledge, who was recalled from Triple A Colorado Springs on Friday to fill the roster spot left vacant by the loss of slugging shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to a broken rib.

Tulowitzki, who could miss up to six weeks, was placed on the disabled list Friday, a day after he was hurt diving for ball during a 5-4 loss to Washington.

"We're going to battle every day, it was a tough loss," said the Rockies Todd Helton. "We'll keep plugging away. Come back tomorrow and battle again."

Trailing 7-2 going into the sixth, the Phillies chased Nicasio and pulled to within 7-5 on the first of Freddy Galvis' two 2-run triples and a run-scoring groundout by Humberto Quintero.

The Phillies went ahead with a three-run seventh. Domonic Brown singled off reliever Josh Outman to start the inning and after Ryan Howard struck out, Wilton Lopez relieved Outman. Lopez (1-3) got Kevin Frandsen to fly out, but John Mayberry walked and Galvis shot a hard grounder down the first base line for his second triple of the night, scoring Brown and Mayberry to even the score at 7-all.

Quintero singled Galvis home to give the Phillies their first lead.

"It's always tough," Gonzalez said of the Rockies losing their big lead. "It's one of those things that you hope doesn't happen during the game when you're playing defense. Just a bad couple of outings, just a bad game."

Jonathan Papelbon gave up a one-out single in the ninth to Gonzalez, who went 4 for 4, but he came back to strike out Michael Cuddyer and retire Helton on a groundout for his 13th save in as many chances. Michael Stutes (2-0) pitched a scoreless inning in relief for the win

Gonzalez, who bruised his left foot Thursday when he was struck by a liner while waiting in the on-deck circle, gave the Rockies the lead when he connected off Kyle Kendrick in the first for his 19th home run.

Gonzalez's solo shot was the first of seven runs Kendrick gave up, matching his career high. He went 4 1-3 innings and allowed 10 hits.

The Phillies closed to within 3-2 in the fourth on Mayberry's RBI double and Quintero's RBI single. But the Rockies answered in their half of the fourth. Yorvit Torrealba hit a one-out run-scoring double. One out later, Rutledge drove a 1-1 offering from Kendrick over the wall in right-center into the Rockies bullpen for his sixth home run of the season.

Nolan Arenado's RBI single in the fifth chased Kendrick.

NOTES: Phillies C Carlos Ruiz (right hamstring strain) was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment on Saturday with Lehigh Valley. ... Cuddyer's fifth inning single extending his hitting streak to 12 games, longest by a Rockies player this season.