Rollins homers in 10th as Phillies get past Marlins
Jimmy Rollins got some extra motivation in the 10th inning from a fan.
Rollins homered with two outs in the 10th inning Saturday night, and the Philadelphia Phillies overcame two home runs by Giancarlo Stanton to beat the Miami Marlins 5-4.
Rollins drove a 2-2 pitch from Dan Jennings (0-1) into the seats in left. It was the 201st career homer for Rollins, but just the second game-ender of his career. The first came June 23, 2010, against Cleveland.
Rollins said he was very upset with a comment directed toward him by a fan sitting near the home team’s dugout during his final at-bat.
"There was some fan in the stands popping off," Rollins said. "He was right behind our dugout, close enough to yell and piss me off, honestly. It was something pretty ignorant, but it worked."
After hitting the ball, Rollins turned and yelled in the fan’s direction.
Rollins said he told the fan to shut up, using an abbreviated expletive.
"I was locked and had some aggression. It just worked out I was able to tell him," Rollins said.
B.J. Rosenberg (1-0) pitched a scoreless 10th for the victory.
Rollins finished with three hits and hot-hitting Chase Utley had two doubles and drove in a run for Philadelphia, which has won 12 of 15 against the Marlins.
Through nine games, Utley is batting .500 with five doubles and eight RBIs.
Tony Gwynn Jr., starting in center and leading off for the second straight day in place of Ben Revere (sore ribs), had a pair of hits.
Stanton finished with three hits and three RBIs for the Marlins. His first homer, measured at 470 feet, cleared the seats in left-center and landed on Ashburn Alley — a popular outfield concessions spot. The fifth-inning solo drive off Jonathan Pettibone pulled Miami to 4-2.
"I don’t want to be a part of it, but you just go along with it," Pettibone said.
Stanton tied it at 4 in the seventh when he drilled reliever Justin De Fratus’ first offering to deep left for a two-run shot. It was the 10th two-homer game for Stanton.
Stanton was due to bat second in the 11th if the game continued.
"We had Giancarlo coming up and that wasn’t a good thing," Rollins said.
Said Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg, "The first two swings it looked like he had one thing in mind and that was not to play any more extra innings."
Rollins’ RBI single and Utley’s run-scoring double gave Philadelphia a 2-0 lead after one.
The Marlins got a run back in the second and would have scored at least two more if not for replay.
Second base umpire Gary Cederstrom called Marcell Ozuna safe at second, saying that Ozuna beat shortstop Rollins to the bag on a forceout after Utley ranged right and threw to Rollins on Stanton’s grounder up the middle.
But Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg challenged and, after a 2 minute, 27 seconds delay, umpires overturned the call. Replays showed that Rollins touched the bag before Ozuna for the final out.
"It really cost us a couple of runs," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.
Adeiny Hechavarria had scored, Christian Yelich likely would have scored and the Marlins then would’ve had runners on first and second with two outs.
"Normally that would be a huge play in the game," Sandberg said. "I’m glad it went in our favor. It was a successful challenge and big in that moment."
Miami did get some good fortune in the inning as Ryan Howard dropped Rollins’ throw to first on Ozuna’s grounder to shortstop that would’ve been the final out. Jarrod Saltalamacchia scored from third on Howard’s error.
The Phillies went ahead 4-1 in the third on Utley’s double and Howard’s single.
Pettibone, activated from Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the game, allowed two runs — one earned — on eight hits in five innings in his season debut. Pettibone is filling in until left-hander Cole Hamels (left biceps tendinitis) returns to the rotation.
Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi went 6 1-3 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits while striking out five and walking none.