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Rollins makes splash in DL return, drives in three as Phils win

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Jimmy Rollins couldn't have asked for a better return. Well, other than hitting the triple he needed for the cycle.

Rollins led the Philadelphia Phillies to victory in his long-awaited comeback, and did so playing in front of family and friends in his native Bay Area no less.

The reigning NL MVP came off the disabled list and hit a two-run homer, an RBI double and also singled, sending the Phillies past the struggling San Francisco Giants 7-4 on Friday night.

"It was great. It makes you smile," Rollins said, doing just that, smiling. "Hopefully I can give you guys a good story. It ain't going to happen all the time."

Carlos Ruiz drove in two runs for the Phillies, including the go-ahead score in the eighth, and Cole Hamels (4-3) struck out seven in seven innings to win his second straight decision.

The Giants lost their season-high fifth straight game and sixth in seven to drop a season-worst eight games under .500 (14-22). San Francisco is back home for 10 games on the heels of a disappointing 1-5 road trip that featured a three-game sweep at Pittsburgh after a losing series in Philadelphia.

With one out, Ruiz chopped a grounder off Tyler Walker (1-1) to second baseman Eugenio Velez, whose throw home pulled Bengie Molina off the plate and allowed pinch-runner So Taguchi to score after he advanced on a wild pitch.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy could be seen throwing his cap in frustration in the dugout.

"We've lost some tough games and here we are in another tight ballgame," Bochy said. "We get the groundball but we just couldn't get him there. That's frustration, that's all. We all want to win. This is another tough, tight ballgame we probably let slip away from us. We swung the bats well and got some runs. We just couldn't make it hold up."

Pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs followed with an RBI single that chased Walker.

Rollins sure found his stroke in a hurry after making some tweaks during his rehab time in Florida, saying he got back to some of the things that worked for him early last year. He missed hitting for the cycle by one hit for the 16th time in his career.

"He had a good night," manager Charlie Manuel said. "I'm happy we've got everybody back now. I think we're going to play better. I think we're going to go get the East. We've got a good league, but when we're healthy we've got a good chance."

Batting leadoff and starting at shortstop, Rollins grounded out in his first two at-bats before connecting for his third home run of 2008 in the fifth. His drive into the left-field seats off the first pitch from Patrick Misch pulled Philadelphia within 4-3. He singled in the seventh for his fifth multihit game this year, then doubled in the eighth.

It was one nice homecoming.

"Not bad," said his father, Jimmy Rollins Sr., who is nursing his own calf injury. "He's not 100 percent yet. He's all right, though."

Rollins missed a month with a sprained left ankle. The Giants will get their star shortstop back for Saturday's game when 11-time Gold Glover Omar Vizquel makes his season debut following left knee surgery Feb. 27.

Hamels allowed four runs and six hits. Tom Gordon pitched a scoreless eighth and Brad Lidge finished for his ninth save in as many chances, striking out the side while allowing one hit.

Emmanuel Burriss hit a two-run triple as San Francisco took the lead in the fourth. He also singled twice for his first career three-hit game.

Misch, making his second start of the year, missed another chance to pick up his first major league victory. The lefty allowed four runs and six hits in six innings, struck out four and walked three in his sixth career start.

Ruiz put the Phillies up 1-0 with his second-inning RBI single. The Giants tied it in the bottom of the third when Fred Lewis singled in a run.

Pedro Feliz, who played his first eight major league seasons in San Francisco before joining the Phillies this season, had an RBI double and also singled against his old club. He parked in the Giants' players lot and made his way to the visitors' clubhouse for the first time.

But not before stopping to visit longtime San Francisco equipment manager Mike Murphy, who was like a father figure for Feliz.

"It feels good to be back," said Feliz, who had hoped to stay with the Giants. "You know me, I fit in anywhere."

Bochy was still sore after slipping and hitting his head in the dugout Thursday at Pittsburgh while moving to avoid getting hit by a foul ball.

"I'm hurting today," he said, noting his neck and back were tender after the cross-country flight.

Bochy received a gag gift in his office before Friday's game: a large black bucket with a black Giants hat on it.

"My new helmet," he said with a grin.

Notes

  • Lidge hasn't allowed an earned run in 18 appearances dating to his final outing of 2007.
  • Rookie SS Brian Bocock was optioned to Triple-A Fresno after the game to clear room for Vizquel's return.
  • Giants CF Aaron Rowand will receive his 2007 Gold Glove Award before Saturday's game from his former manager, Manuel.
  • Giants INF Kevin Frandsen, out for the season following surgery on his ruptured left Achilles' tendon, got his cast off Friday.
 
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Jimmy Rollins can point to heaven, but he deserves all the credit for going 3-for-5 with three RBI. (AP)
Jimmy Rollins can point to heaven, but he deserves all the credit for going 3-for-5 with three RBI. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

J. Rollins
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
San Francisco

E. Burriss
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5133000 .341
Shane Victorino, CF5000003 .241
Chase Utley, 2B4000111 .336
Ryan Howard, 1B5110014 .167
Pat Burrell, LF1100300 .303
    So Taguchi, PR-LF0100100 .182
Jayson Werth, RF5110013 .263
Pedro Feliz, 3B5021011 .244
Carlos Ruiz, C4112101 .236
Cole Hamels, P3110025 .286
   a- Greg Dobbs, PH1011000 .298
    Tom Gordon, P0000000 .000
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
Totals38710766  
a-singled for Hamels in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins (3, Yabu), Pedro Feliz (7, Misch)
HR - Jimmy Rollins (3, Misch)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins 3 (9), Pedro Feliz (16), Carlos Ruiz 2 (12), Greg Dobbs (11)
2-OUT RBI - Jimmy Rollins 2 (2), Pedro Feliz (3), Carlos Ruiz (6)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Rollins-Utley-Howard
E - Carlos Ruiz (3, Throwing)
Philadelphia Phillies
Cole Hamels (W,4-3) 7644370 3.36
Tom Gordon (H,7) 1000200 4.11
Brad Lidge (S,9) 1100030 0.00
IBB - Aurilia by Cole Hamels
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 102-63, Tom Gordon 27-12, Brad Lidge 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 8-4
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 28, Tom Gordon 5, Brad Lidge 4
San Francisco Giants
Fred Lewis, LF5011043 .298
Jose Castillo, 3B3000121 .228
Randy Winn, RF4120001 .276
Bengie Molina, C4000003 .282
Aaron Rowand, CF3000121 .327
Rich Aurilia, 1B2100202 .258
Eugenio Velez, 2B4111011 .223
Emmanuel Burriss, SS4132000 .286
Patrick Misch, P0000100 .000
    Jack Taschner, P0000000 .000
   a- Daniel Ortmeier, PH1000000 .289
    Tyler Walker, P0000000 .000
    Keiichi Yabu, P0000000 .000
   b- John Bowker, PH1000011 .264
Totals31474510  
a-grounded out for Taschner in the 7th
b-struck out for Yabu in the 9th
Batting
2B - Randy Winn (7, Hamels)
3B - Emmanuel Burriss (1, Hamels)
SH - Patrick Misch (1)
RBI - Fred Lewis (9), Eugenio Velez (8), Emmanuel Burriss 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Fred Lewis (3), Eugenio Velez (3), Emmanuel Burriss 2 (3)
CS - Eugenio Velez (4, 2nd base by Hamels/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 6
San Francisco Giants
Patrick Misch 6644341 5.63
Jack Taschner 1100010 4.15
Tyler Walker (L,1-1) 0.1233110 4.11
Keiichi Yabu 1.2100200 2.45
IBB - Ruiz by Patrick Misch, Utley by Keiichi Yabu
WP - Tyler Walker (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Patrick Misch 89-56, Jack Taschner 10-6, Tyler Walker 28-19, Keiichi Yabu 24-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Patrick Misch 6-8, Tyler Walker 1-0, Keiichi Yabu 3-2
Batters Faced - Patrick Misch 27, Jack Taschner 4, Tyler Walker 5, Keiichi Yabu 8
Game Information
Attendance - 33796
Game Time - 3:06
Temperature - 57
Umpires - Home - Rick Reed, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Chad Fairchild