Rollins lifts Phillies with walk-off homer in 10th
Shortstop's second career game-winning blast offsets Stanton shots
PHILADELPHIA -- Exactly what was said doesn't matter.
Only Jimmy Rollins and a fan somewhere behind the home dugout at Citizens Bank Park know for sure, but what is known, is it worked.
Rollins hit the second walk-off home run of his career as the Phillies beat the Marlins, 5-4, in 10 innings on Saturday night. Rollins, whose other walk-off came on June 10, 2010, against Cleveland's Kerry Wood, went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a pair of runs scored.
"Some fan in the stands popping off," Rollins said. "I don't know where he was, but he was close enough to yell and [tick] me off, honestly. [He said] something pretty ignorant. But it worked."
With two outs, Marlins reliever Dan Jennings served up a 2-2 slider that Rollins lifted high into the night and just beyond the flowers in the left-field corner for the game-winner.
Rollins' heroics would not have been necessary if not for Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who had three RBIs on a pair of home runs. Something Rollins also knew about in that final at-bat.
"We had Giancarlo coming up. That wasn't a good thing." Rollins said.
"He's a guy that definitely has our attention," Phillie manager Ryne Sandberg said. "You really have to mix up the pitches and be smart. You have to really see what he's doing swing by swing. He has plate coverage and power to all fields, and when he gets a pitch, it goes a long way."
For the second straight night, the Phillies' bullpen did its job, allowing just a pair of runs in five innings, as B.J. Rosenberg got his first win of the season. With the Phils holding a two-run lead, reliever Justin De Fratus worked a scoreless sixth for Jonathan Pettibone, but he gave up a leadoff single in the seventh to Marcell Ozuna and then a Stanton line-drive home run inside the left-field foul pole to tie the game at 4.
After Pettibone worked out of a first-inning jam in which the Marlins had first and second with one out, the Phillies' offense gave the young starter an early cushion against hard-throwing Nathan Eovaldi.
Tony Gwynn Jr., who has been in the lineup for Ben Revere (sore ribs) the past two games, doubled off the right-field wall. Rollins, whose 3-for-5 night was just part of the top of the order's 8-for-18 evening, hit a slow roller up the middle that found its way into center for an RBI single and a 1-0 lead. Chase Utley, who entered the game hitting .469, doubled to left-center, easily scoring Rollins for a 2-0 advantage.
The Marlins had a chance to take the lead in the second as they loaded the bases on a walk, single and infield single. An error on Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard pulled the Marlins to within 2-1, and a ground ball up the middle that Utley fielded and threw to Rollins at second opened the door for replay review. The initial call was that Ozuna was safe and that the Marlins had scored a pair of runs, but the umpires overturned it, and Pettibone escaped with only one unearned run allowed.
"I feel pretty good," Pettibone said. "Early on, it was me trying to get control of my emotions and not rushing. Later on, I got into a rhythm and more consistent mechanics. Throw strikes, get ahead and work from there."
In the bottom of the third, the Phillies again got to Eovaldi, as Gwynn singled, moved to second on a groundout and scored on Utley's second double of the night. Howard singled through the Marlins' shift and Utley scored for a 4-1 lead after three innings.
Pettibone entered the fifth with a 4-1 lead, but on borrowed time. The young righty had an elevated pitch count, and even with five strikeouts, he had seen plenty of hard-hit balls in the first four innings of the game. That's not to say Pettibone pitched poorly, but instead, in his first start of the year, he only needed one more slip to signal the end of his evening. That slip came in the form of Stanton's first home run of the game that landed on Ashburn Alley an estimated 470 feet away.
Pettibone finished the inning, but he was lifted for pinch-hitter Cody Asche in the bottom of the inning.