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Rollins' winning run in seventh fuels Phils past Rockies

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PHILADELPHIA --The errant pitch bounced one way and Colorado Rockies catcher Miguel Olivo looked in the other direction. In that instant, Jimmy Rollins knew he would score.

The Phillies speedy leadoff hitter easily streaked home on a wild pitch, scoring the go-ahead run in Philadelphia's come-from-behind, 4-3 win over Colorado on Sunday. Rollins also singled in the tying run during the seventh-inning rally.

The teams waited through a rain delay of 1 hour, 39 minutes after the sixth inning. When play resumed, the Phillies rallied.

Pinch-hitter Wilson Valdez started it with a double to right, snapping an 0-for-15 slump. Rollins followed with an RBI single off Joe Beimel (1-1), and advanced to second on an error by left fielder Ryan Spilborghs.

Two outs later, reliever Rafael Betancourt threw a pitch that bounced away from Olivo, and the catcher turned the wrong way. Rollins, who had stolen third, scored without a play.

"He was very alert," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said of Rollins. "In his mind, he was ready to come in on a bobble or wild pitch. He got down the line fast. Those are the things you take advantage of. It was a break for us."

Not for the Rockies, who have lost five in a row. They stranded 12 runners.

"When you let that many opportunities get away against a ballclub like that, you're asking for it," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "It's kind of typical of the way we played on this road trip."

Ryan Madson (3-1) worked out of a bases-loaded, one out jam in the top of the seventh to earn the win.

The Rockies threatened against closer Brad Lidge in the ninth, loading the bases with two outs on two walks and a single. Lidge needed 30 pitches to escape, ending the game with a perfect slider for a called third strike against Ian Stewart.

"My whole career, people have been telling me I'm going to give them a heart attack," said Lidge, who recorded his ninth save in 12 chances. "That's just my style sometimes. For me right now, I'm feeling confident that whatever is going on around me, it will end well. That's the feeling you get when mentally, you're feeling good about what you're doing."

Before the rain, J.A. Happ was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley after missing more than three months with a strained left elbow. He allowed three runs on four hits and four walks.

"His stuff was there," Manuel said. "I just thought he was wild up and he had trouble keeping the ball down. When he's low in the zone, that's when he's at his best. He looked healthy. His ball was sneaky. He just needs some more work."

"I know I can be better, but I felt good about how I pitched," Happ said.

Happ also felt good about returning to the major leagues, though he felt it should've come sooner. Last season's runner-up in voting for the National League Rookie of the Year balloting had completed a rehab stint July 6, but the Phillies optioned him to Lehigh Valley because they felt he wasn't ready.

"I pitched a little bit angry, but that's not necessarily a bad thing," he said. "I feel like I belong here, but you have to prove that every day."

Ben Francisco erased Philadelphia's early deficit with a two-run home run for Philadelphia, which has taken the first three games of the series, and are 16-5 against Colorado in the past 21 regular-season games.

Notes:

  • Ryan Howard singled in the fourth inning, extending his hitting streak to 11 games.
  • NBA Hall of Famer and former Philadelphia 76ers great Charles Barkley visited the Phillies in the clubhouse before Sunday's game.
  • Raul Ibanez is batting .375 since the All-Star Break.
 
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Jimmy Rollins and the Phils rally and score two runs following a lengthy rain delay. (AP)
Jimmy Rollins and the Phils rally and score two runs following a lengthy rain delay. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

B. Francisco
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Colorado

R. Spilborghs
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF5010020 .221
Jonathan Herrera, 2B4010100 .297
Carlos Gonzalez, LF5010033 .303
Melvin Mora, 1B2110200 .256
Ryan Spilborghs, RF4222025 .273
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
   a- Jason Giambi, PH0000100 .275
Ian Stewart, 3B5020016 .261
Miguel Olivo, C3000110 .304
Clint Barmes, SS2001101 .251
Jeff Francis, P2000003 .000
   b- Brad Hawpe, PH1000011 .256
    Manny Corpas, P0000000 .000
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Seth Smith, RF1000010 .279
Totals34383611  
a-walked for Betancourt in the 9th
b-struck out for Francis in the 6th
Batting
2B - Ryan Spilborghs (9, Happ)
HR - Ryan Spilborghs (9, Happ)
SF - Clint Barmes (2)
RBI - Ryan Spilborghs 2 (19), Clint Barmes (43)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
E - Carlos Gonzalez (1, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Francis 5622161 4.56
Manny Corpas (H,2) 1100010 4.33
Joe Beimel (BS,1; L,1-1) 0.2221100 2.67
Rafael Betancourt 1.1100030 4.50
IBB - Francisco by Jeff Francis
WP - Rafael Betancourt (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 94-60, Manny Corpas 15-9, Joe Beimel 17-12, Rafael Betancourt 21-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 2-7, Joe Beimel 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 22, Manny Corpas 4, Joe Beimel 5, Rafael Betancourt 5
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jimmy Rollins, SS4121000 .252
Shane Victorino, CF4000013 .247
Placido Polanco, 2B-3B4000013 .316
Ryan Howard, 1B3010102 .302
Jayson Werth, RF4120021 .286
Ben Francisco, LF3122110 .248
Cody Ransom, 3B2000023 .179
   a- Greg Dobbs, PH-3B1000001 .205
    Jose Contreras, P0000000 .000
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
   b- Ross Gload, PH1010000 .276
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
Carlos Ruiz, C4000015 .267
J.A. Happ, P1000010 .000
   c- Raul Ibanez, PH1010000 .256
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
   d- Wilson Valdez, PH-2B2110011 .237
Totals344103210  
a-flied out for Ransom in the 6th
b-doubled for Romero in the 8th
c-doubled for Happ in the 5th
d-doubled for Madson in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jayson Werth (32, Francis), Ben Francisco (9, Corpas), Ross Gload (4, Betancourt), Raul Ibanez (20, Francis), Wilson Valdez (9, Beimel)
HR - Ben Francisco (3, Francis)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins (23), Ben Francisco 2 (15)
SB - Jimmy Rollins (8, 3rd base off Beimel/Olivo)
Team LOB - 8
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
J.A. Happ 5433441 1.76
Chad Durbin 1100010 3.15
Ryan Madson (W,3-1) 1200020 5.51
Jose Contreras (H,8) 0.2000000 4.09
J.C. Romero (H,5) 0.1000010 2.91
Brad Lidge (S,9) 1100230 3.86
HBP - Mora (by Ryan Madson)
Pitches-Strikes - J.A. Happ 92-55, Chad Durbin 14-10, Ryan Madson 28-18, Jose Contreras 8-5, J.C. Romero 6-4, Brad Lidge 30-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J.A. Happ 5-6, Chad Durbin 2-0, Jose Contreras 2-0
Batters Faced - J.A. Happ 23, Chad Durbin 4, Ryan Madson 6, Jose Contreras 2, J.C. Romero 1, Brad Lidge 6
Game Information
Attendance - 44726
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 93
Umpires - Home - D.J. Reyburn, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Derryl Cousins