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Phils rally from five runs down, win it in 10th against Nationals

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PHILADELPHIA -- With their pitching and defense struggling, the Philadelphia Phillies relied on Jimmy Rollins' daring dash to steal a game.

Jesus Colome walked Jayson Werth to force in Rollins with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning, giving the Phillies an 8-7 victory over the Washington Nationals on Thursday.

The defending NL East champions overcame a 5-0, first-inning deficit to avoid opening the season with a three-game sweep at home for the third straight year.

Rollins reached on an infield single to start the bottom of the 10th against Colome (0-1). The reigning NL MVP never hesitated rounding second base and advanced all the way to third on Shane Victorino's perfect sacrifice.

After Chase Utley and Ryan Howard were intentionally walked to load the bases, Werth walked on four pitches to end it.

Rollins' smart baserunning forced the Nationals into a tough jam.

"That's just heads-up baseball," manager Charlie Manuel said. "You have to be heads-up to make a play like that and have confidence in your speed."

Rollins declined to speak to reporters, who waited more than 45 minutes in the clubhouse after the game. Maybe he was still out of breath from going first to third on a bunt.

"He's an MVP. That's what they do," teammate Geoff Jenkins said.

Clay Condrey (1-0), the seventh pitcher used by Philadelphia, tossed a perfect 10th.

The Phillies got their first win while sporting a new alternate home uniform, a throwback model from the 1940s minus the customary red pinstripes the team has worn since 1950. They wore cream-colored pants and jerseys with Phillies scripted in red across the chest. The team will wear these uniforms for day games at home.

Trailing 6-1 in the sixth, the Fightin' Phils rallied with seven straight singles to tie it and took a 7-6 lead on their eighth single of the inning.

But the Phillies squandered two opportunities to increase their lead -- bases loaded and one out in the sixth and runners on second and third with no outs in the seventh. The Nationals tied it at 7 on Cristian Guzman's RBI single off J.C. Romero with two outs in the eighth.

Shaky defense -- the Phillies made four errors -- and an ineffective performance by starter Jamie Moyer put Philadelphia in an early hole against Washington, which had three pitchers combine on a one-hitter in a 1-0 win Wednesday night.

Chris Coste homered on his first swing of the season in the second inning for Philadelphia's first run, snapping a string of 13 innings in which the Phillies didn't get a batter to second base.

In the sixth, Utley, Howard, Pat Burrell and Jenkins hit consecutive singles to chase Nationals starter Jason Bergmann and cut the deficit to 6-3.

Pedro Feliz had a two-run single off Saul Rivera to make it 6-5. After Coste singled, pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs' RBI single tied it. Ray King replaced Rivera and hit Rollins to load the bases.

Victorino followed with a base hit to right to give the Phillies a 7-6 lead. King escaped further trouble by getting Utley to ground into a home-to-first double play started by first baseman Aaron Boone.

The 45-year-old Moyer allowed six runs -- three earned -- and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings. Bergmann gave up five runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.

"You can only hold them for so long," Nationals manager Manny Acta said. "We had our chances."

Notes

  • Nationals C Johnny Estrada began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Columbus. Estrada is on the disabled list with a right elbow injury.
  • Nationals LF Felipe Lopez played his first game in the outfield after spending his entire career in the infield.
  • RHP Rudy Seanez pitched a perfect sixth in his first appearance with the Phillies.
  • Philadelphia's Tom Gordon, who allowed five runs in the ninth inning of an 11-6 loss in the opener, worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to preserve the tie.
 
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Jimmy Rollins makes a mad dash from first to third on an infield single and later scores the winning run.  (AP)
Jimmy Rollins makes a mad dash from first to third on an infield single and later scores the winning run. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

G. Jenkins
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Washington

R. Belliard
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Washington Nationals
Cristian Guzman, SS6131000 .400
Lastings Milledge, CF6130010 .294
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B6100025 .167
Austin Kearns, RF4111111 .308
Aaron Boone, 1B4111013 .200
   a- Nick Johnson, PH-1B1010000 .333
Ronnie Belliard, 2B3212210 .133
Felipe Lopez, LF5010004 .167
Jesus Flores, C4031101 .750
Jason Bergmann, P3000012 .000
    Saul Rivera, P0000000 .000
    Ray King, P0000000 .000
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
   b- Rob Mackowiak, PH0000000 .000
   c- Paul Lo Duca, PH1000002 .083
    Luis Ayala, P0000000 .000
   d- Willie Harris, PH1000003 .100
    Jesus Colome, P0000000 .000
Totals44714647  
a-singled for A. Boone in the 9th
b-announced for Hanrahan in the 8th
c-flied out for Mackowiak in the 8th
d-grounded out for Ayala in the 9th
Batting
2B - Cristian Guzman 2 (2, Moyer, Moyer), Ronnie Belliard (2, Moyer), Jesus Flores 2 (2, Moyer, Moyer)
RBI - Cristian Guzman (1), Austin Kearns (4), Aaron Boone (1), Ronnie Belliard 2 (3), Jesus Flores (1)
2-OUT RBI - Cristian Guzman (1), Austin Kearns (4), Jesus Flores (1)
CS - Cristian Guzman (1, 3rd base by Moyer/Coste)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - A. Boone-Flores, Guzman-N. Johnson
Washington Nationals
Jason Bergmann 5.1755161 8.44
Saul Rivera (BS,1)0322000 6.00
Ray King 0.2200000 3.86
Joel Hanrahan 1100010 10.80
Luis Ayala 1100200 0.00
Jesus Colome (L,0-1) 1.1211400 3.86
IBB - Utley by Luis Ayala, by Howard, Utley by Jesus Colome, by Howard
HBP - Rollins (by Ray King)
WP - Saul Rivera (1), Luis Ayala (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Bergmann 91-62, Saul Rivera 12-6, Ray King 9-6, Joel Hanrahan 13-8, Luis Ayala 27-13, Jesus Colome 32-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Bergmann 2-8, Ray King 1-0, Joel Hanrahan 2-0, Luis Ayala 2-1, Jesus Colome 2-1
Batters Faced - Jason Bergmann 24, Saul Rivera 3, Ray King 4, Joel Hanrahan 4, Luis Ayala 6, Jesus Colome 9
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5110001 .231
Shane Victorino, CF4011101 .091
Chase Utley, 2B4110202 .300
Ryan Howard, 1B4120210 .300
Pat Burrell, LF4121020 .300
    Adam Eaton, PR0000000 .000
    Jayson Werth, LF1001103 .250
Geoff Jenkins, RF5131022 .375
Pedro Feliz, 3B5122004 .250
Chris Coste, C4221103 .500
    Clay Condrey, P0000000 .000
Jamie Moyer, P1000010 .000
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .000
   a- So Taguchi, PH1000011 .000
    Rudy Seanez, P0000000 .000
   b- Greg Dobbs, PH1011000 .333
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
   c- Eric Bruntlett, PH10100001.000
    Tom Gordon, P0000000 .000
   d- Carlos Ruiz, PH-C1000001 .125
Totals41816877  
a-struck out for Durbin in the 5th
b-singled for Seanez in the 6th
c-singled for Romero in the 8th
d-grounded into a double play for Gordon in the 9th
Batting
2B - Pat Burrell (1, Hanrahan), Geoff Jenkins (1, Colome)
HR - Chris Coste (1, Bergmann)
SH - Shane Victorino (2)
RBI - Shane Victorino (1), Pat Burrell (2), Jayson Werth (1), Geoff Jenkins (1), Pedro Feliz 2 (2), Chris Coste (1), Greg Dobbs (1)
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
DP - Moyer-Coste-Howard, Durbin-Rollins-Howard
E - Pedro Feliz (1, Misplayed grounder), Jamie Moyer (1, Misplayed grounder), Jimmy Rollins (2, Throwing), Chase Utley (2, Throwing)
Philadelphia Phillies
Jamie Moyer 3.2963130 7.36
Chad Durbin 1.1100000 0.00
Rudy Seanez 1000000 0.00
Ryan Madson (H,1) 1.1111110 11.57
J.C. Romero (BS,1) 0.2200000 0.00
Tom Gordon 1100210 33.75
Clay Condrey (W,1-0) 1000020 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 73-48, Chad Durbin 14-8, Rudy Seanez 10-8, Ryan Madson 23-12, J.C. Romero 13-9, Tom Gordon 34-17, Clay Condrey 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 6-3, Chad Durbin 2-1, Rudy Seanez 2-1, J.C. Romero 1-1, Tom Gordon 1-1
Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 22, Chad Durbin 4, Rudy Seanez 3, Ryan Madson 6, J.C. Romero 4, Tom Gordon 6, Clay Condrey 3
Game Information
Attendance - 25831
Game Time - 3:47
Temperature - 49
Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Jerry Crawford, Third Base - Tom Hallion