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SD@COL: Nicasio strikes out seven Padres' batters

After losing five straight games, all on the road, the Phillies got a much needed win on Thursday against the Twins in Minnesota.

The Phillies will look to keep that going on Friday as they begin a three-game set against the Rockies at Coors Field to finish off their 10-game road trip.

"I think that we keep going and keep trying to grind it out and then we'll see what kind of players we've got as far as mental toughness and hard-nosed and things like that," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "You can go a long way sometimes just by wanting to play and playing right."

The Phillies will send Kyle Kendrick, who has a 2.63 ERA on the road this season, to the mound in the series opener. Kendrick allowed three runs in six innings and took a loss in his last appearance against the Brewers.

Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez singled to put runners at the corners with no outs in the sixth. Jonathan Lucroy then hit an 0-2 sinker for a double and Carlos Gomez singled up the middle to give the Brewers a 3-1 lead.

"He kind of knew what we were trying to do with him right there," Kendrick said of Lucroy. "He guessed right 0-2. We were trying to get a ground-ball double play, and I missed down. It was down, but he kind of just dropped the head."

Facing Kendrick will be fellow right-hander Juan Nicasio. Though he has not registered a decision since May 30, the Rockies have been victorious in Nicasio's past two starts.

Tossing six innings on Sunday against the Rockies, Nicasio allowed two runs on four hits while striking out seven.

"It's as good as I've seen Juan this year. He was at the bottom of the zone, his good fastball, and he was up to I think 95 or 96 [mph]," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said after the start. "Threw some good changeups today and then the slider, all three were working for him."

Phillies: Ruiz nearing return
Catcher Carlos Ruiz could make his return to the Phillies sometime next week.

He is headed to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to begin a rehab assignment Saturday. He said Thursday he will play there for a couple of games before playing a couple more rehab games next week with Double-A Reading.

If everything goes well, he could be activated as early as June 21 against the Mets at Citizens Bank Park.

Ruiz has been on the disabled list since May 20 with a strained right hamstring.

Rockies: Tulowitzki has broken rib
An MRI on Thursday night revealed that shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has a broken rib on his right side, according to a Major League source.

Tulowitzki incurred the injury while diving for an eighth-inning grounder during a 5-4 loss to the Nationals on Thursday at Coors Field and is expected to miss four to six weeks.

Weiss said after the game that Tulowitzki has been dealing with rib pain recently, and it was exacerbated when he dove for Ian Desmond's infield single. Tulowitzki held onto the ball because he didn't have a play.

Worth noting
• The Phillies called up infielder Michael Martinez and left-handed pitcher Jake Diekman from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday, while infielder Cesar Hernandez and right-handed pitcher Tyler Cloyd were sent down.

• Rockies starter Jeff Francis struck out a season-high eight batters against the Nationals on Thursday. He went six innings, allowed two runs and got a no-decision.

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