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It's not often a pitcher complains about striking out too many, but Colorado's Jordan Lyles believes he needs to keep his strikeouts down to be successful.

He succeeded in that endeavor last month against a Philadelphia Phillies team that has one of the NL's lowest strikeout rates.

Lyles looks to help the Rockies win their first series in Philadelphia in a decade in Wednesday night's finale.

With a 9-0 loss in Monday's opener, Colorado (28-24) dropped to 4-20 in its last 24 at Citizens Bank Park. A 6-2 win the following night has put the Rockies in position to win their first series in Philadelphia since taking three of four Aug. 9-12, 2004.

Colorado ended a 23-inning scoreless inning streak Tuesday on Troy Tulowitzki's sacrifice fly in the fourth, and Wilin Rosario put the team ahead with a three-run homer in the seventh. Leadoff hitter Drew Stubbs went 2 for 4 with a double and scored twice for the Rockies, who won for the second time in eight road games.

Stubbs is batting .440 in his last eight games, and .438 with 10 runs in eight contests against Philadelphia since the start of last season.

Lyles (5-1, 3.45 ERA) was sharp against the Phillies on April 19, yielding an unearned run and five hits in seven-plus innings of a 3-1 win. Jimmy Rollins had two of those hits, and he is 5 for 8 with a pair of doubles lifetime against Lyles.

That outing began a stretch in which Lyles has permitted two runs or less in six of seven starts. He allowed two runs and six hits over six innings and didn't get a decision in Friday's 3-2 loss to Atlanta.

"Just too many high counts," he told the team's official website after striking out six. "It's not what I like to do. I want to get guys to put it in play. I had more strikeouts than I usually have, and that's not a key for success for myself."

The right-hander had two strikeouts last month against the Phillies, who rank 12th in the NL with 394 strikeouts despite Ryan Howard and Marlon Byrd being among the major league leaders with 58 apiece.

Howard was out of the starting lineup Tuesday against left-hander Jorge De La Rosa after collecting three hits and five RBIs in the opener. He entered as a pinch-hitter and grounded into a double play with two men on in the eighth inning, but is still batting .462 in his last seven games versus Colorado.

Ben Revere moved within 318 home runs of Howard by hitting the first of his career in his 1,466th at-bat Tuesday.

''It's a good feeling,'' Revere said. ''When I got to second base, I didn't know what to do. I was trying not to smile but some guys got on me. It was fun. I'll try to hit 400 more.''

The Phillies give the ball to Roberto Hernandez (2-2, 3.83), who looked solid in his return to the rotation after making two relief appearances. The veteran right-hander gave up two runs in 6 1-3 innings in Friday's 2-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, and has a 1.45 ERA in three starts this month.

Hernandez has struggled mightily in two career starts against the Rockies, posting a 13.50 ERA. At Coors Field on April 20, he was tagged for six runs and nine hits in four-plus innings but was bailed out by his offense in a 10-9 win.

Tulowitzki is 4 for 5 with two doubles against Hernandez while Carlos Gonzalez is 4 for 6 with a double. Gonzalez was lifted after the fourth inning Tuesday due to a right calf contusion and is day-to-day.

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