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Rollins delivers four hits, winning RBI as Phils edge Reds in 10

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PHILADELPHIA -- Jimmy Rollins gave the Philadelphia Phillies some momentum going into the team's biggest series of the season.

The shortstop had four hits, including a game-winning RBI single in a rain-soaked bottom of the 10th inning and the Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-7 on Thursday night.

Chase Utley hit a pair of two-run homers for the Phillies, who pulled within three games of NL East-leading New York. The Mets come to Philadelphia for a four-game series starting with Friday's day-night doubleheader.

"It's a big win for us," Rollins said. "A lot of things tend to carry over from series to series. Hopefully, we can carry this momentum against the Mets."

Alex Gonzalez, Adam Dunn and Edwin Encarnacion each homered for Cincinnati, which finished its road trip at 3-6.

Pinch hitter Rod Barajas led off the 10th with a walk against Victor Santos (1-3). One out later, Abraham Nunez laced a single to left field. Rollins worked the count full before lacing a line drive to the right-center field gap, easily scoring pinch-runner Jayson Werth.

"That's what I'm supposed to do in that situation," Rollins said. "Timing is everything. I got my opportunity tonight, it might be someone else's opportunity tomorrow."

Rollins also connected when the game's future could have been in doubt. Rain had fallen through the final three innings and intensified in the 10th as puddles were beginning to form on the infield dirt.

"They would have to do something (if the game moved to the 11th)," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "Whether they would have put the tarp on or fix the field up, it was getting pretty bad out there."

Clay Condrey (3-0) escaped a two-on, two-out jam in the 10th to pick up the victory.

Gonzalez gave Cincinnati a short-lived 7-6 lead in the eighth, homering off reliever Ryan Madson for his 13th of the season.

The Phillies rallied in their half of the eighth off Marcus McBeth. Rollins delivered the big hit, roping a two-out triple to right field to score Nunez with the tying run. Rollins finished a home run short of the cycle.

The victory was a painful one for Philadelphia's Greg Dobbs, who was beaned in the side of the head by Reds catcher Chad Moeller in the fifth inning.

Dobbs was struck on the left side of the head when Moeller was throwing the ball back to starter Matt Belisle. The ball caromed all the way to the far end of the Reds dugout, but the unusual play caught baserunners Ryan Howard and Aaron Rowand by surprise and neither moved up.

The ball appeared to hit Dobbs just over the left ear, which wasn't protected by an earflap since he is strictly a left-handed hitter.

Dobbs showed little effects of being hit at first. Two pitches later, he roped a one-hopper off the right-center field fence to plate Howard and Rowand and give the Phillies a 6-5 lead.

Dobbs, who bent over and held his head while on base, was replaced in the top half of the sixth by Michael Bourn.

Bourn lost a fly ball in the lights in the seventh inning, resulting in a double for Scott Hatteberg and moving Norris Hopper to third. Brandon Phillips then lifted a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Hopper and tying the game at 6-6.

Encarnacion cut the deficit to 2-1 in the second inning with his fifth homer.

After a Ken Griffey Jr. sacrifice fly tied the game at 2-2, Dunn crushed an Adam Eaton fastball off the base of the second level in right-field.

Dunn, the subject of numerous trade rumors, has homered in three straight games and leads the Reds with 23 homers, second in the NL behind Milwaukee's Prince Fielder (27).

Cincinnati took a 5-4 lead in the fourth inning on Hatteberg's RBI single, which scored Josh Hamilton on a bang-bang play at home plate.

Philadelphia took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Utley connected on a 3-0 fastball for his first homer of the game.

Belisle appeared to be cautious with Utley again in the third inning, but the All-Star second baseman hit another 3-0 fastball over the right-field fence for his 15th home run to tie the game at 4.

"The first time he swung 3-0 I was a little surprised that he swung. I figured he'd wait. That was my wrong doing," Belisle said. "The second time I thought he might swing. I wanted to challenge him. I didn't want to back down."

While Belisle might have been surprised at Utley swinging 3-0, Reds manager Jerry Narron wasn't.

"Not one bit," he said. "There's no better hitter in baseball (than Utley). Anybody who thinks he wasn't going to swing is nuts."

Belisle worked five innings, surrendering six runs and eight hits. He walked one and struck out six.

Eaton yielded five runs on six hits over six innings. He walked three and fanned two.

Notes

  • It was Utley's 13th career multihomer game and first of the season.
  • Howard made a nifty over-the-shoulder diving catch in the third inning.
  • Dunn has homered in three straight games three times this season.
 
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Chase Utley contributes four RBI on a pair of two-run homers for the Phillies.   (US Presswire)
Chase Utley contributes four RBI on a pair of two-run homers for the Phillies. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

C. Utley
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
Philadelphia

J. Rollins
AB 6
R 2
H 4
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Cincinnati Reds
Scott Hatteberg, 1B4131100 .293
Brandon Phillips, 2B4111003 .275
Ken Griffey Jr., RF3001101 .290
Adam Dunn, LF4112101 .271
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B5111012 .268
Josh Hamilton, CF5120010 .271
Alex Gonzalez, SS3111200 .258
Chad Moeller, C4000012 .174
   a- Javier Valentin, PH1000002 .267
    Victor Santos, P0000000 .000
Matt Belisle, P2000012 .125
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
   b- Norris Hopper, PH0100100 .262
    Mike Gosling, P0000000 .000
    Brad Salmon, P0000000 .000
   c- Jeff Conine, PH1000000 .282
    Marcus McBeth, P0000000 .000
    Jon Coutlangus, P0000000 .000
    David Ross, C0000000 .198
Totals3679764  
a-grounded out for Moeller in the 10th
b-walked for Coffey in the 7th
c-lined out for Salmon in the 8th
Batting
2B - Scott Hatteberg (12, Madson), Josh Hamilton 2 (10, Eaton, Condrey)
HR - Adam Dunn (23, Eaton), Edwin Encarnacion (5, Eaton), Alex Gonzalez (13, Madson)
SF - Brandon Phillips (3), Ken Griffey Jr. (6)
RBI - Scott Hatteberg (24), Brandon Phillips (40), Ken Griffey Jr. (50), Adam Dunn 2 (54), Edwin Encarnacion (30), Alex Gonzalez (38)
2-OUT RBI - Scott Hatteberg (14), Adam Dunn 2 (23)
Team LOB - 7
Cincinnati Reds
Matt Belisle 5866162 5.03
Todd Coffey 1000010 4.45
Mike Gosling 0.1100100 9.00
Brad Salmon 0.2000010 3.63
Marcus McBeth (BS,2) 1211020 5.00
Jon Coutlangus 1100020 4.44
Victor Santos (L,1-3) 0.1211110 5.06
HBP - Rowand (by Matt Belisle)
WP - Matt Belisle (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Belisle 97-59, Todd Coffey 10-7, Mike Gosling 13-6, Brad Salmon 13-8, Marcus McBeth 19-10, Jon Coutlangus 18-11, Victor Santos 22-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Belisle 4-5, Todd Coffey 1-1, Brad Salmon 1-0, Marcus McBeth 1-0
Batters Faced - Matt Belisle 25, Todd Coffey 3, Mike Gosling 3, Brad Salmon 2, Marcus McBeth 5, Jon Coutlangus 4, Victor Santos 4
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS6242011 .289
Shane Victorino, RF5000013 .267
Chase Utley, 2B5234010 .331
Ryan Howard, 1B3100230 .252
Aaron Rowand, CF4120012 .317
Greg Dobbs, LF3012001 .297
    Michael Bourn, LF2000003 .283
Wes Helms, 3B3000021 .240
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
   a- Pat Burrell, PH1000010 .203
    Antonio Alfonseca, P0000000 .000
    Clay Condrey, P0000000 .000
   b- Rod Barajas, PH0000100 .219
    Jayson Werth, PR0100000 .235
Carlos Ruiz, C5020011 .281
Adam Eaton, P2000022 .194
   c- Abraham Nunez, PH-3B3120000 .269
Totals428148313  
a-struck out for Madson in the 8th
b-walked for Condrey in the 10th
c-lined out for Eaton in the 6th
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins (19, Belisle), Greg Dobbs (11, Belisle), Carlos Ruiz (16, Belisle)
3B - Jimmy Rollins (10, McBeth)
HR - Chase Utley 2 (15, Belisle, Belisle)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins 2 (47), Chase Utley 4 (64), Greg Dobbs 2 (33)
2-OUT RBI - Jimmy Rollins (20), Greg Dobbs 2 (19)
SB - Jimmy Rollins (15, 2nd base off Belisle/Moeller), Chase Utley (6, 2nd base off Gosling/Moeller)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Utley-Rollins-Howard
E - Aaron Rowand (2, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
Adam Eaton 6655322 5.75
Ryan Madson (BS,1) 2222211 3.96
Antonio Alfonseca 1000000 3.62
Clay Condrey (W,3-0) 1100110 7.94
IBB - Dunn by Ryan Madson
WP - Adam Eaton (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Eaton 90-54, Ryan Madson 30-18, Antonio Alfonseca 16-11, Clay Condrey 19-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Eaton 4-11, Antonio Alfonseca 2-1, Clay Condrey 2-0
Batters Faced - Adam Eaton 26, Ryan Madson 10, Antonio Alfonseca 3, Clay Condrey 5
Game Information
Attendance - 44323
Game Time - 3:22
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Mike Reilly, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg