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Turner, Stott, Clemens homers power Phillies past Rockies

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Philadelphia Phillies’ Kody Clemens reacts after hitting a home run against Colorado Rockies pitcher Jose Urena during the third inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 23, 2023, in Philadelphia.
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By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer

Bryson Stott knew better than to give Trea Turner a hard time over the shortstop missing his power over his first month in Philadelphia.

Stott, not known as much as a home run hitter, had only one this season, just like Turner.

“When you’re one of the best shortstops in the game, if not the best, you know it’s in there,” Stott said. “Nobody’s worried about that.”

They’re both tied again — at two apiece — and it’s now three straight wins for the Phillies.

Philadelphia Phillies’ Zack Wheeler pitches during the second inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Sunday, April 23, 2023, in Philadelphia.AP Photo/Matt Slocum

Turner and Kody Clemens hit solo homers, Stott and Brandon Marsh hit two-run shots and Zack Wheeler struck out 11 to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 9-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.

The Phillies took the final three games of a four-game series and have won six of eight overall as they recover from a slow start and have started making strides in their rotation.

Wheeler (2-1) survived a rough fourth inning — plunking Yonathan Daza on the hand and allowing three runs — to finish with his 17th career double-digit strikeout game and ninth with the Phillies.

“Just close your eyes there in the fourth,” said Wheeler, who induced 23 swings-and-misses over six innings to set the season’s high by a Phillies pitcher.

Another positive sign has been a pickup in the Phillies’ power production. One day after Nick Castellanos and Christian Pache hit their first homers of the season, Turner and Clemens broke out of their droughts.

Turner, who had 21 homers in 160 games with the Dodgers last season, connected in the first inning for his first in Philadelphia since the star shortstop signed a $300 million, 11-year contract.

Clemens hit a rocket to right in the second, a confidence boost for a first baseman hitting just .063 entering the game. Both homers came off Rockies starter José Ureña (0-4).

Wheeler, making his 200th career start, breezed through most of it despite the fourth inning, when he loaded the bases, then hit Daza. Harold Castro added a sacrifice fly and Ezequiel Tovar lined an RBI single for a 3-2 lead.

J.T. Realmuto tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI forceout and Alec Bohm made it 4-3 in the same inning on an RBI groundout.

Greg Soto, Jose Alvarado and Luis Ortiz each tossed a scoreless inning in relief.

In the seventh, Bohm added an RBI double and Stott hit his second homer of the season to break the game open for a 7-3 lead. Marsh made it 9-3 in the eighth on his fourth homer of the season.

“Start of the year, the bats were a little cold,” Marsh said. “It’s good to see everyone get some knocks, getting on base, getting around.”

STARTER STRUGGLES

Ureña allowed four runs, walked four and failed to strike out a batter in 3 2/3 innings. He has allowed two home runs in each of his last four starts. He’s also failed to make the fourth inning in three of his starts, and has walked 14 batters in 18 1/3 innings.

LONG WEEKEND

The Rockies have lost 11 of 12 games and allowed eight home runs in the final three games of the series.

“We’re fighting hard,” manager Bud Black said. “We had some opportunities for a bigger hit to stretch our lead or to get more runs and it didn’t happen. We had an opportunity to keep the game close, late. The takeaway is, we’ve got to make better pitches and we’ve got to have better at bats.”

HOME CROWD

Philly had another packed house of 44,618 fans, the fifth crowd of at least 43,000 at Citizens Bank Park this season. That surpasses only three regular-season crowds of at least 43,000 during the 2022 season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rockies: DH Kris Bryant sat out and remained day-to-day with pain in his sacroiliac joint and glute. … Daza left the game after he was hit and replaced in center field by Castro. Black said Daza was going to be fine.

MINOR MOVE

The Phillies recalled RHP Yunior Marte from triple-A Lehigh Valley and optioned LHP Cristopher Sánchez, who started Saturday’s game, to Lehigh Valley. Manager Rob Thomson said the Phillies wanted Sánchez to take a regular turn in the rotation in the minors.

UP NEXT

Rockies: Continue their seven-game road trip with three games at Cleveland. The Rockies send LHP Austin Gomber (0-4, 12.12 ERA) to the mound against Indians RHP Cal Quantrill (1-1, 4.15 ERA) on Monday.

Phillies: Open a three-game set against Seattle at home on Tuesday. The Phillies send LHP Bailey Falter (0-3, 4.50 ERA) to the mound, while Seattle’s starter is TBD.