Rollins keys Phillies' rout of Cards

BY foxsports • July 26, 2009

Jimmy Rollins was hidden behind a throng of reporters and cameras when Shane Victorino entered the clubhouse.

"Can you stand up and talk? I can't see you," said Victorino, only an inch taller than the 5-foot-8 Rollins.

For a little guy, Rollins can drive the ball a long way.

Rollins hit a go-ahead grand slam and had a career-high five RBIs, Victorino went 4 for 4 with a homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 14-6 Saturday in a matchup of division leaders.


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"Shane's had a great year. It's a testament to his teacher," Rollins said, taking some credit for Victorino's success.

Rodrigo Lopez (3-0) allowed four runs - three earned - and 10 hits in six innings. The veteran right-hander likely would be the odd man out when recently signed Pedro Martinez is ready to join the Phillies' rotation.

Cardinals center fielder Rick Ankiel hit a solo homer and robbed Jayson Werth of a two-run shot with an outstanding catch. Ryan Ludwick also went deep for the NL Central leaders.

Rollins connected off reliever Jason Motte (3-4) in the sixth to give Philadelphia a 7-4 lead. Victorino followed with a homer.

The NL East-leading Phillies have won 16 of 19.

Matt Holliday went 2 for 4 with a walk after getting four hits in his debut with St. Louis. The three-time All-Star outfielder was acquired from Oakland on Friday for three minor league prospects.

Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse allowed three runs and four hits in four innings. He threw 90 pitches in his shortest outing since returning from the disabled list on July 12.

Trever Miller pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings, but was removed for Motte with one out in the sixth. Motte loaded the bases on two walks and a single.



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