Welcome Back J-Roll

Phillies centerfielder Shane Victorino pies Jimmy Rollins after his two-run walk-off homer Wednesday night. Yong Kim/Philly Inquirer

As I said earlier this week, the Phillies would be welcoming back Jimmy Rollins with open arms. And boy did they ever. Rollins’ late-inning heroics made him the second player in as many days to save J.C. Romero’s ass as the Phillies won 7-6.

With the score tied 5-5, Romero got himself into bases-loaded, one-out trouble after giving up a run to make it 6-5. But the wild lefty got Russell Branyan to line into a double play to end the inning. Brian Schneider led-off with a walk and Wilson Valdez pinch-ran. After Ben Francisco grounded out, Rollins ripped a line drive that cleared the right field fence to win it for the Phillies in come-from-behind, walk-off fashion.

Rollins’ homer was his lone hit of the night. The MVP, All-Star short stop is just 1-for-9 in his return from his second stint on the DL but he snapped the eight-at-bat hitless streak in a huge way with his shot off of former ace turned bull pen bum Kerry Wood.

Jayson Werth had himself a monster game. His solo shot in the second inning tied the game at two. He also singled and doubled in the game to go 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. Ryan Howard had a pair of hits, Raul Ibanez drove in two and Schneider homered. Shin-Soo Choo homered twice and drove in four four the Indians.

Kyle Kendrick was roughed up in his four innings, allowing five runs, four earned, on six hits and two walks while striking out one. Jake Westbrook wasn’t any better as he allowed four runs in five innings on seven hits and a walk while striking out two.

It was a back and forth game. Cleveland jumped out two a 2-0 lead in the first. then the Phillies tied it up in the second. Cleveland took a 3-2 lead in the third off a Carlos Santana sacrifice fly. The Phillies got two more in the fourth thanks to Ibanez’s two-run double. The Indians were quick to answer with two in the fifth to make it a 5-4 game in favor of Cleveland. Schneider’s solo shot in the seventh tied it until Romero’s blunder and Rollins’ heroics in the ninth.

Doubles: Werth (25), Ibanez (14). HR: Werth (13), Schneider (1), Rollins (3).

WP: Romero (1-0). LP: Wood (1-3).


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