Hope is a four-letter word for the Rockies these days. It's hard to believe in the future when the present is so ugly that even the team's best pitcher can't padlock the doors. Closer Rafael Betancourt, who hadn't allowed a run on the road this season, dimmed the lights on a potential victory with help from a rare miscue by Todd Helton. After allowing a game-tying double to Hunter Pence, Betancourt watched in disbelief as Helton pulled his foot off first base on a high throw from shortstop Marco Scutaro as the Rockies fell 7-6 to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Ballpark.

"It's pretty bad feeling when you are trying to find the bag and the ball is coming," Helton said. "It's a bad situation. I should have made the play. It should have been an out. It's my fault."