It's one of those strange trends that develops over the course of a season -- the Phillies can't seem to win when Cole Hamels pitches.
Philadelphia is 2-12 in Hamels' starts, even though he has allowed three earned runs or fewer 10 times. The club has dropped seven of its past eight with the left-hander on the mound.
It will need to defy that pattern on Sunday in order to come away with a series victory at Coors Field. The Rockies pounced on the Phillies for a 10-5 victory on Saturday to even the three-game set.
There is some good news for Philadelphia. Hamels (2-9, 4.45 ERA) has appeared to be in classic form so far this month. In two starts, spanning 13 innings, he has allowed three runs on 11 hits and one walk, while collecting 16 strikeouts.
As he looks to avoid his 10th loss, which would put him one shy of matching his career high, Hamels will face off against another pitcher who has been dealing with some adversity.
Since suffering a back strain on April 19, Jhoulys Chacin (4-3, 4.52) has posted a 6.13 ERA. On Tuesday against Washington, he did pick up his first win over that span, but lasted only five innings as he battled a cold. The right-hander allowed two runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out two.
"The last two days, I haven't been feeling good, and today I wasn't feeling good, either," Chacin said afterward. "After the first two innings, I had a lot of pitches, a lot of runners on base. I said, 'You have to give it all you got and just keep up, try to get the most innings you can.'"
A victory would allow the Rockies to close their 10-game homestand at 5-5. After Sunday, they depart on a nine-game trip to Toronto, Washington and Boston.
Phillies: Revere racking up hits
• Center fielder Ben Revere's 3-for-5 effort on Saturday means he has notched at least three hits in three of his past four games, going 11-for-19. He now owns a modest six-game hitting streak.
This hot burst has raised his average to a season-high .272, while his .310 on-base percentage is his best since a day after Opening Day. Revere also stole his 16th base in 20 tries on Saturday.
• Jimmy Rollins returned to the lineup on Saturday, a day after he was relegated to a reserve role due to a sore right hip. Rollins went 0-for-3 before coming out as part of a double switch.
Rockies: Progress, but no start for Fowler
• Center fielder Dexter Fowler missed his second consecutive start on Saturday as he recovers from a bruised knuckle on his right hand. He suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch on Thursday.
"Closer than he was yesterday, but he still can't swing the bat," manager Walt Weiss said of Fowler's status.
• Josh Rutledge started at shortstop on Saturday after playing second base on Friday, his first day back from Triple-A Colorado Springs in place of the injured Troy Tulowitzki. Rutledge, a natural shortstop, has split time between the two positions during parts of two seasons in the big leagues.
• After Sunday's game, the teams will meet again for four games in Philadelphia from Aug. 19-22.
• In his last two starts at Coors Field, Hamels has held the Rockies to three runs in 14 innings, notching 12 strikeouts.
• Chacin has a 1.21 ERA in five games, including three starts, against the Phillies.