Rolen hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the seventh inning,
and the Philadelphia Phillies beat Chicago 7-4 on Tuesday to stop a
five-game losing streak.
Rolen, the first batter to face Kyle Farnsworth, sent a 3-2
pitch through a strong wind at Wrigley Field into the left-field
bleachers for his 16th homer of the season.
"I got a fastball that I got on the barrel,'' Rolen said. "He
is throwing hard enough where you can hit it out there.''
"We won the game, that's the bottom line,'' he said.
"Hopefully we'll start putting some things together a little
better in the second half.''
Farnsworth offered no excuse.
"It was a fastball and he hit it out'' he said. "There's
nothing you can really say about it. It was up and it went out.''
Cubs interim manager Bruce Kimm pulled Clement after 119
"Clement was throwing the ball good, but I felt like I wanted a
fresh arm,'' Kimm said. "Farnsworth was going to pitch the next
inning no matter what.''
"It was a great at-bat by Rolen. He was battling and happened
to nail it,'' he said.
David Coggin (2-2) pitched two scoreless innings. Jose Mesa, who
wasted a ninth-lead Monday, got three outs for his 26th save in 33
chances. Clement gave up six runs, six hits and four walks in 6 2-3
Philadelphia starter Vincente Padilla, 0-2 in five starts since
June 24, allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings.
Abreu hit a two-run homer in the first, giving him home runs in
McGriff's homer cut the lead in half in the second and
Patterson, in a 3-for-31 slump coming in, tied it with his
Rollins had an RBI single in the fifth, but Chicago went ahead
4-3 in the bottom half on Sosa's double and a run-scoring single by
Brown following an intentional walk to McGriff.
Jeremy Giambi, pinch hitting for Padilla, tied it at 4 in the
sixth with a two-out RBI single.
Philadelphia RHP Robert Person is expected to be placed on
the disabled list Wednesday. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam
on his right shoulder and elbow at the Rothman Institute of
Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia, He had been on the DL early
this season, returning June 2. ... Sosa is 9-for-45 since the
All-Star break. ... It was Kermit the Frog Day at the ballpark.