Dahl powers Rockies to seventh-straight win

Denver (AFP) –


David Dahl blasted a homer for the fourth consecutive game as the Colorado Rockies showed they still have plenty of fight left with a 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday.

The Rockies, who now have a one-game lead in the National League West Division, won their seventh-straight contest to equal their longest winning streak of the season.

They also got homers from Trevor Story and Gerardo Parra, sweeping the Phillies in four straight and improving to 89-70 on the Major League Baseball season.

Dahl finished the four-game series with 11 RBIs.

Colorado, who are gunning for their first division title, will finish the season at home with three games against Washington.

They already have their winningest season in almost a decade.

"I do not think that our team has quit on the season or quit in general," manager Gabe Kapler said. "Today was pretty good evidence that we still have some fight in us."

Carlos Santana and Jose Bautista homered for Philadelphia, who are stumbling through their seventh consecutive season without a winning record.

The Phillies have lost a season-high eight straight and has gone 15-33 since moving a season-high 15 games over .500 last month.

Colorado pitcher Scott Oberg got the win, throwing 1 1/3 hitless innings in relief.

Jake Arrieta, who is in his first season as a starting pitcher with Philadelphia, surrendered three runs and six hits in six innings.