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."
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.
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.
- 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.