DENVER, April 27 (UPI) -- Hours after replacing Buddy Bell as manager, Clint Hurdle watched John Thomson work into the eighth inning Friday night as the Colorado Rockies defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-1.
Off to the worst start in club history (7-16) and mired in a five-game losing streak, the Rockies moved in a new direction earlier Friday, firing Bell and naming Hurdle, the club's hitting coach, interim manager.
Hurdle saw a rare quality effort from one of the Rockies' starters as Thomson (3-2) came through with his best outing of the season.
Thomson went 7 1/3 innings, limiting the Phillies to one run and seven hits, striking out eight without a walk.
Rick White got the the final two outs of the eighth and Jose Jimenez worked a perfect ninth with two strikeouts for his fifth save.
Phillies starter Terry Adams (0-3) remained winless after allowing two runs and eight hits in six innings. The righthander walked four and struck out seven.