Abreu hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning to help the Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-3 Sunday in the first game of a doubleheader and stop a season-opening four-game losing streak.
After dropping two balls that led two unearned runs in the first, the Phillies took advantage of a fielding lapse by Los Angeles in the ninth, capping their comeback from a 3-0 deficit.
Pinch-hitter Alex Gonzalez reached against Tim Hamulack (0-1) when shortstop Rafael Furcal bobbled the ball for an error. Gonzalez advanced on a sacrifice bunt, and Jimmy Rollins was intentionally walked.
With two outs and a full count, Abreu hit his first homer of the season, an opposite-field drive to left. He was mobbed at the plate by teammates.
Tom Gordon (1-1) earned his first win for Philadelphia, striking out two in the ninth. The Phillies avoided their first 0-5 start since 1934.
Gordon and two other relievers did not allow a hit in three scoreless innings.
"The bullpen did a great job," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
With runners at the corners and one out, Yhency Brazoban threw a wild pitch, but pinch-runner Abraham Nunez was thrown out at the plate by catcher Dioner Navarro. Aaron Rowand followed with a tying single, his first RBI for the Phillies.
Furcal hit a routine fly to center to lead off the game that Rowand seemed to lose in the sun, and Rowand dropped the ball for an error. Furcal scored on J.D. Drew's triple off the right-field wall.
Rollins then dropped Bill Mueller's two-out popup to shortstop for another error, putting the Dodgers ahead 2-0. Navarro homered in the second.
"It was a tough sun," Phillies starter Ryan Madson said. "You couldn't blame anybody for that."
After spending the past two seasons in the bullpen, Madson allowed one earned run and five hits in six innings. In his previous start, against the Chicago White Sox on June 8, 2004, he allowed six runs in two-thirds of an innings.
"I tried to keep the ball down," he said. "I only got hurt when the ball was up."
Philadelphia loaded the bases with one out in the third, and Chase Utley hit what appeared to be a sure double-play grounder to shortstop. But second baseman Jeff Kent bounced the relay throw, allowing Utley to reach and Rollins to score. Pat Burrell followed with an RBI single.
- The doubleheader included the makeup of Saturday's rainout.
- The Dodgers had not played a doubleheader since Aug. 25, 2000 at Chicago.
- The Dodgers will see a familiar face when they play Monday at Pittsburgh -- Pirates manager Jim Tracy, who went 427-383 in L.A. and won the 2004 NL West title.
- A fan was carried out on a stretcher in the eighth inning, possibly after being hit by a foul ball.
- Rollins has a hit in 40 of 41 games, dating back to last season.