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Redemption for Rollins

Rollins had a game to forget before his game-winning hit in the ninth inning. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

With two outs in the ninth inning, Jimmy Rollins had a chance to make up for a bad night at the plate.

Dane Sardinha hit a one out single and Pete Orr then followed with a double to right field to put runners at second and third base.

John Mayberry Jr. struck out which left the game in the hands of Rollins. Rollins was 0-for-4 coming into this key at-bat and wanted a chance at redemption.

He certainly did as he laced a two-run single that scored Sardinha and Orr to make it a 5-3 game.

Ryan Madson finished off the game with a one-two-three inning to record the save.

The game didn’t get off to the best of starts for the Phillies.

Hanley Ramirez hadn’t been swinging a hot bat as of late but he hammered a solo home run to deep left centerfield off Cliff Lee to get the scoring started in the first inning.

The Phillies’ offense looked very pedrestrian early as they only registered one hit through the first four innings courtesy of a Placido Polanco double.

The bad luck continued through the middle innings.

In the fifth inning, Brian Schneider smoked a one-out double to centerfield that should’ve gotten the Phillies on the board. However Schneider pulled up lame and grabbed his hamstring as he rounded third base.

This was certainly not a good sign as Carlos Ruiz hasn’t even begun his rehab assignment with Clearwater yet.

The Marlins added more runs in the fifth inning. Emilo Bonafacio, Hanley Ramirez, and Gaby Sanchez all singled to load the bases.

Catcher John Buck followed with an RBI single that plated Bonafacio. Mike Stanton added a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0.

But then the Phillies offense woke up.

Raul Ibanez led off the seventh inning with a double. Dane Sardinha then hit a groundball to first base that was mishandled by Sanchez and allowed Sardinha to reach base safely with one out.

Orr came up next and ripped an RBI double into rightfield to make it a 3-1 game. The hit also chased Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco from the game.

Ross Gload hit an RBI groundout to score Sardinha as the Phillies cut the deficit to 3-2.

The offense had gotten to within one run of the Marlins but still needed to tie up the game.

Shane Victorino has hit lefties well this season as he was hitting .364 off them coming in. He connected on a long ball off reliever Mike Dunn to tie the game in the eighth inning.

A key play came in the eighth inning when Kyle Kendrick had two Marlins on base with one out. But Kendrick got a timely double play ball to get out of the jam.

The Phillies have an off day on Thursday before facing the Braves on the road in a weekend series.

2B: Polanco (9), Schneider (2), Ibanez (7), Orr (2). HR: Victorino (6).

WP: Kendrick (3-2). LP: Nunez (0-1). S: Madson (5).

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