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.
|Bobby Abreu tries to find the plate amid his celebrating teammates after the game-winning home run. (AP)|
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|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Rafael Furcal, SS||5||1||0||0||0||2||0||.211|
|Jose Cruz Jr., LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.350|
|J.D. Drew, RF||3||1||1||1||1||1||0||.316|
|Jeff Kent, 2B||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.375|
|James Loney, 1B||4||0||2||0||0||0||2||.267|
|Bill Mueller, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.421|
|Jason Repko, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.350|
|Dioner Navarro, C||4||1||1||1||0||0||0||.200|
|Derek Lowe, P||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Yhency Brazoban, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Hong-Chih Kuo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Takashi Saito, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Ricky Ledee, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Tim Hamulack, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Saito in the 9th|
|3B - J.D. Drew (1, Madson)|
|HR - Dioner Navarro (1, Madson)|
|RBI - J.D. Drew (7), Dioner Navarro (2)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Saito-Furcal-Loney|
|E - Rafael Furcal (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Yhency Brazoban (BS,1)||0.2||1||1||1||1||0||0||3.00|
|Tim Hamulack (L,0-1)||0.2||1||3||0||1||0||1||0.00|
|IBB - Burrell by Hong-Chih Kuo, Rollins by Tim Hamulack|
|HBP - Rowand (by Derek Lowe)|
|WP - Yhency Brazoban (1), Hong-Chih Kuo (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 83-46, Yhency Brazoban 12-4, Hong-Chih Kuo 15-7, Takashi Saito 4-3, Tim Hamulack 24-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 12-6, Takashi Saito 1-0, Tim Hamulack 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 26, Yhency Brazoban 3, Hong-Chih Kuo 4, Takashi Saito 1, Tim Hamulack 5|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||4||2||1||0||1||0||2||.350|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||3||1||2||1||0||0||0||.235|
|Sal Fasano, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.250|
|Bobby Abreu, RF||3||1||1||3||2||0||2||.316|
|Chase Utley, 2B||4||0||1||1||0||0||2||.300|
|Pat Burrell, LF||3||0||1||1||1||0||0||.333|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||1||4||.278|
|David Bell, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.071|
|Mike Lieberthal, C||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.357|
|Abraham Nunez, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.125|
|Ryan Franklin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tom Gordon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Alex Gonzalez, PH||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Madson, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Arthur Rhodes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Shane Victorino, PH-CF||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Gordon in the 9th|
|b-walked (wild pitch) for Rhodes in the 7th|
|2B - Mike Lieberthal (2, Lowe)|
|HR - Bobby Abreu (1, Hamulack)|
|SH - Shane Victorino (1)|
|RBI - Aaron Rowand (1), Bobby Abreu 3 (4), Chase Utley (3), Pat Burrell (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Aaron Rowand (1), Bobby Abreu 3 (3), Pat Burrell (1)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|E - Jimmy Rollins (1, Misplayed grounder), Aaron Rowand (1, Dropped fly)|
|Tom Gordon (W,1-1)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||4.50|
|IBB - Mueller by Ryan Madson|
|WP - Ryan Madson (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Madson 107-65, Arthur Rhodes 19-12, Ryan Franklin 14-9, Tom Gordon 12-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Madson 5-12, Arthur Rhodes 1-2, Ryan Franklin 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Ryan Madson 27, Arthur Rhodes 4, Ryan Franklin 3, Tom Gordon 3|
|Attendance - 0|
|Game Time - 3:01|
|Temperature - 51|
|Umpires - Home - Rick Reed, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - James Hoye|