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DENVER -- A brief road trip for the Philadelphia Phillies and a short homestand for the Colorado Rockies will take both clubs to the All-Star break. Vapormax Plus Blue And Black .They teams begin a four-game series Thursday night at Coors Field.The Phillies, who just finished a 5-1 homestand against Kansas City and Atlanta by sweeping a three-game series with the Braves, have won eight of their past nine games. Philadelphia, 19-23 on the road, has won three consecutive series, one shy of its season high.In their first 71 games through June 20, the Phillies scored a major-league-low 221 runs, an average of 3.1 per game. In their past 15 games, they have scored 87 runs, an average of 5.8 per game.The Phillies hit 24 home runs in their past 15 games, going 10-5 in that stretch. In their previous 24 games, they went 4-20 while hitting 24 home runs.Maikel Franco has homered in four straight games, the first Phillies player to do so since Ryan Howard accomplished the feat Sept. 19-22, 2012.Franco is one shy of the Phillies record for homers in consecutive games. Chase Utley (twice during the 2008 season), Bobby Abreu, Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt and Dick Allen homered in five straight games for the Phillies. Franco has yet to homer at Coors Field, where he is 4-for-15 with a double and three RBI in four games.Franco hit .375 with six homers and 16 RBI in his past 15 games, coinciding with the teams 10-5 surge. When the Phillies werent hitting, Franco was overly aggressive. In the 15-game surge, however, he has drawn nine walks in 66 plate appearances, including a key walk in the eighth inning Wednesday ahead of Freddy Galvis game-winning, two-run homer. Franco drew 16 walks in his first 263 plate appearances this season.Sometimes when you get frustrated, when you see the team not doing (well), thats the first thing you think about -- you want to go out there and try to do something, and obviously at that point you try to do too much, Franco said. But right now, I just feel comfortable at the plate. The teams showing a lot of energy. Were playing as a team.Aaron Nolas turn in the rotation comes up Thursday, but manager Pete Mackanin said the Phillies want to give Nola, who is in his first full season in the big leagues, time to clear his head. Nola is 0-4 with a 13.50 ERA in his past five starts, though he retired the final 10 Royals he faced Saturday with six strikeouts.Rather than make one more start before the All-Star break, Nola will throw a simulated game at Coors Field during the series, and left-hander Adam Morgan, who is 1-6 with a 6.31 ERA in 13 games, 11 starts, the last on June 22, will replace him Thursday. Morgan will face the Rockies for the first time.Morgan just left the rotation to become the long man in the bullpen when Vince Velasquez was reinstated from the disabled list June 27.The Rockies, who have lost seven of their past eight games, are returning home after a 1-5 road trip to face the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. They scored one run in four of the losses and were shut out in the other.The one win came Tuesday at San Francisco. Giants ace Madison Bumgarner left after six scoreless innings, and the Rockies erupted for seven runs in the seventh and eighth and won 7-3.A night earlier, after the Rockies lost their season-high sixth consecutive game, first baseman Mark Reynolds said, Its a snowball going in the wrong direction. We have to get out of this hole we dug ourselves into.They did -- for one night. Then San Franciscos Johnny Cueto limited them to five singles Wednesday night in his complete-game 5-1 win.Chad Bettis, who is 6-6 with a 5.85 ERA, will start the first game with the Phillies. He lost his last start Saturday at Los Angeles when he allowed four runs in six innings in a 6-1 defeat. In his past two starts, Bettis is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA, having allowed 18 hits and 11 runs in 11 innings.The right-hander was 4-2 with a 4.18 ERA on May 17. In eight subsequent starts, he is 2-4 with an 8.24 ERA.After getting pushed around on the road by the Dodgers and Giants, the Rockies will play their next four series, totaling 14 games, against teams with losing records. That stretch starts against the Phillies, albeit a hot Phillies club at this point, and gives the Rockies their latest chance to assert themselves at Coors Field.Given their historic road woes, the Rockies need to dominate at home, but are just 18-20 in Denver this season. 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At one point Sunday he was tied for 14th after not finishing lower than 13th in any tournament this year.A few hours later, Langer had outlasted Kevin Sutherland and Woody Austin in a playoff and was celebrating his fourth PGA Tour Champions victory this season and 29th overall on the 50-and-over tour.I blew tournaments when I had a lead and Ive come from seven behind, so you just never know, Langer said.Langer made a 3-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff with Austin and Sutherland to win the Boeing Classic for the second time. A day after his 59th birthday, Langer birdied the par-5 18th in regulation for a 5-under 67 to match Austin and Sutherland at 13-under 203 at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. Austin also had a 67, and Sutherland shot 64, the low round of the week.It took a special stretch for Langer to recover from a shaky front nine where he needed a few lengthy par putts to stay on the edge of contention. Langer went out in 1-over 37, but played the back nine in 6-under 30, also making birdies on Nos. 10-13 and 15.When he gets hot with that broom, Austin said in reference to Langers putter, you cant beat that broom.Langer tied Lee Trevino for second on the career victory, still well behind leader Hale Irwin at 45. Langer also won the Boeing Classic in 2010.Langer took advantage of Austin and Sutherland both finding bunkers on the 18th in the playoff. Sutherland ended up in a bunker off the tee, while Austins second to the parr 5 found a greenside bunker. Wholesale Mens Nike Air VaporMax Plus Wolf Grey/Black-White 924453-007. . Langers second shot landed 10 yards short of the green and he nearly chipped in for eagle before making the birdie putt to win.You need to be precise and have the nerve and play the golf course the way it needs to be played, Langer said. Theres still a little bit of life left in me.Gene Sauers, the second-round leader and U.S. Senior Open winner two weeks ago, shot a 72 to finish a shot out of the playoff. Sauers started his day with two straight birdies to reach 14 under. But he struggled on the back nine, bogeying three of the first five holes and allowed the chase group to catch up. Sauers was still in contention until making bogey at the 17th after his tee shot came up short. Sauers made birdie at the 18th to finish alone in fourth.While Langer rolled through the back nine, Austin was hot on the front nine going out in 32. His first mistake of the round came at the 15th when he went for the green in two on the par 5 unaware he was in a tie for the lead because electronic scoreboards on the back nine were not working. Austin found a bunker and ended up making bogey.I would have laid up to the right for sure, absolutely, no question, said Austin, who birdied Nos. 17 and 18 to get into the playoff.Sutherland started the day seven shots behind Sauers and made eight birdies with no bogeys in his round. Sutherland was attempting to win his first stroke-play tournament on either the regular or senior tour. ' ' ' 
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