Happ returns to face Rockies

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Former rookie sensation J.A. Happ takes the mound for the first time since April today, when the Philadelphia Phillies host the Colorado Rockies in the third test of a four-game series at Citizens Bank Park.

On Saturday, Jimmy Rollins finished 3-for-5 with three RBI as Philadelphia sent Ubaldo Jimenez to the showers early in a rousing 10-2 victory. Ryan Howard also knocked in three runs and Raul Ibanez added a two-run homer for the Phillies, who have won three in a row and have scored 16 runs in the first two games of this series.

Kyle Kendrick (6-4) scattered six hits and one run over seven solid innings to post his first win since July 3.

Ian Stewart was 2-for-4 with a solo homer and Carlos Gonzalez knocked in the other run for the Rockies, losers of four straight and eight of their last 10.

Jimenez (15-2) turned in his shortest outing of the year, going two-plus innings and was responsible for three hits and six runs, fanning two and tying a season-worst with six walks.

Happ, who won 12 times in 16 decisions last season for the two-time defending National League champions, opened 2010 with a pair of solid starts in which he allowed nine hits and one unearned run in 10 1/3 innings against Houston and Washington.

However, the runner-up in 2009's Rookie of the Year voting was placed on the 15-day disabled list after suffering a left forearm strain in the April 15 outing. He has made nine subsequent appearances - eight starts - on three minor-league levels while compiling a 1-2 record with a 5.97 earned run average.

Happ is 1-0 in two lifetime meetings with the Rockies, allowing five hits and striking out 11 batters in 11 1/3 scoreless innings.

Colorado goes with Canadian-born lefty Jeff Francis, who won his most recent start and has list just once since early June. Francis allowed three hits over seven scoreless innings in a 10-0 win at Florida on July 20, walking none and striking out seven.

His lone loss over his last eight starts came June 30 at San Diego.

The 29-year-old is 2-2 in five road starts this season and is 1-1 in four lifetime games against the Phillies with a 7.59 ERA in 21 1/3 innings.

Though Colorado and Philadelphia split a two-game series in May, the Phillies have won 13 of the last 16 matchups between the clubs.


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