Rollins rallies Dodgers past his old Phillies team, 10-7
Jul. 07, 2015
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jimmy Rollins saw a gaping hole in left field and visualized hitting the ball right there. Then he did just that, teeing off on a sinker left up for the go-ahead runs in the seventh inning.
That rallied the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers to a 10-7 win Monday night over Rollins' old team, the last-place Philadelphia Phillies, who lost for the seventh time in eight games.
"When you get a hit like that it feels good no matter who you're playing," Rollins said. "If you don't, it's 'damn it.' I definitely don't want to have a 'damn it' moment against my former team."
With one out, Jeanmar Gomez gave up consecutive singles to Yasiel Puig and Andre Ethier, who moved up on pinch-hitter Alberto Callaspo's groundout to the pitcher. Rollins followed with a two-run single to left-center, and Cody Asche's throw home pulled catcher Carlos Ruiz away from the plate. He stretched in an effort to tag Ethier, but lost the ball in the process.
Rollins came home on a double by All-Star rookie Joc Pederson, giving the Dodgers a 10-7 lead in a game that lasted 4 hours, 13 minutes. It was 3 minutes short of the longest nine-inning game in the majors this season.
"The pace was bad," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Using a lot of pitchers, throwing a lot of pitches. That's a long time for a nine-inning game."
Batting ninth, Rollins finished 2 for 4 with two runs while facing the Phillies for the first time since requesting a trade last December after 14 years in Philadelphia.
"He's always been that guy who wants to be up there in that situation, in that moment, and he loved coming through for his team," former teammate Ryan Howard said. "I saw by the way he took that first pitch that he was locked in."
Gomez (0-2) allowed three runs and six hits in 1 2-3 innings. He had his career-best scoreless streak snapped at 13 2-3 innings.
J.P. Howell (4-1) got the victory in relief, striking out the only batter he faced. Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 15 chances.
All-Stars Adrian Gonzalez and Yasmani Grandal each hit a first-pitch homer for the Dodgers, who blew three leads. Gonzalez hit his 16th with two outs in the first, and Grandal added a three-run shot that tied the game 6-all in the fifth.
The Dodgers went ahead 7-6 on Howie Kendrick's RBI single that scored Rollins, who singled. Kendrick went 4 for 5 and finished a home run shy of the cycle with a triple, double and two singles.
Howard hit a three-run homer that gave the Phillies a 5-3 lead in the third. Freddy Galvis had a two-run shot in the second and Odubel Herrera added a solo homer in the fourth, when the Phillies led 6-3.
They tied the game 7-all in the seventh on Galvis' sacrifice fly.
Phillies starter Sean O'Sullivan allowed eight hits and seven runs — six earned — in 5 1-3 innings on a career-high 123 pitches. After the game, he was sent outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, having gone winless in his last nine starts.
"I thought I had settled in about the third inning, but the three-run shot by Grandal was really the dagger there," O'Sullivan said. "I need to be down in the zone better. The hits I've been giving up have been on balls that have been elevated."
Yimi Garcia made his first start since 2011 in the minors for the Dodgers in place of Carlos Frias, who went on the disabled list last week. Garcia lasted just two innings, giving up two runs and four hits.
Cuban right-hander Yadier Alvarez will receive a $16 million signing bonus as part of the minor league contract he agreed to with the Dodgers last week. The Dodgers have committed more than $180 million to Cuban players in recent years, also agreeing to major league contracts with Puig ($42 million from 2012-18) and infielders Hector Olivera ($62.5 million from 2015-20), Alex Guerrero ($28 million from 2014-17) and Erisbel Arruebarrena ($25 million from 2014-18) plus a minor league deal with right-hander Pablo Fernandez that included an $8 million signing bonus.
The Phillies fell to a major league-worst 10-32 on the road.
Dodgers: Los Angeles transferred LHP Paco Rodriguez to the 60-day DL and optioned LHP Daniel Coulombe to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Rodriguez isn't eligible to return until July 28, but is expected to be sidelined until at least mid-September following surgery to remove loose bodies from his left elbow.
Phillies: RHP Chad Billingsley (0-2, 7.71 ERA) faces the team that drafted him. He was with the Dodgers from 2006-13, going 81-61 in 219 games, including 190 starts.
Dodgers: LHP Brett Anderson (5-4, 3.00) will face the Phillies for the first time in his career. He is 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA in his last three starts, after going 0-3 with a 3.38 ERA over his previous seven.