PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Jimmy Rollins broke for home and then just
stopped, the winning run momentarily stalled about 40 feet from the
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel had one thought as the go-ahead
run was nearly wiped out: "Aww, hell."
But when Chicago catcher Michael Barrett threw to third, it was
just the opening Rollins needed to make the mad dash home and score
the winning run in the ninth inning, leading Philadelphia to a 4-3
victory over the Cubs on Wednesday night.
"He couldn't run me down," Rollins said. "At the least, I
make them make a couple of throws and hopefully they make a mistake
but it only took one."
The mental miscue cost the Cubs and it was their second wacky
loss to the Phillies this year.
Back in May, former Cub LaTroy Hawkins' throw to first base for
what could have been a game-ending double play instead hit Jose
Offerman's helmet and ricocheted into the stands, allowing the
go-ahead run to score.
Billy Wagner (4-1) joked it was the only ending that topped this
"Whatever way we can do it, I guess," Wagner said. "That was
as weird a way to finish a game as we've seen this year. Two of the
most exciting games I've ever played have come against the Cubs
Rollins doubled off Mike Remlinger (0-3) to open the ninth, and
moved to third on a grounder. Then the lefty reliever intentionally
walked the left-handed hitting Chase Utley and Bobby Abreu to load
the bases before he was pulled for Michael Wuertz.
Pat Burrell swung wildly at strike three on a full count, but
Barrett couldn't handle the pitch and was charged with a passed
ball. Barrett threw to third and the throw from Aramis Ramirez was
"You're taught to run at him every time," Barrett said. "I
panicked and threw the ball. I looked up and saw Rollins breaking
and I threw the ball."
Said Cubs manager Dusty Baker: "I've never seen anything like
Wagner pitched a perfect ninth inning for the wild win, and the
Phillies snapped a two-game losing streak.
"They make a mistake and we take it," said Phillies starter
After Tejeda left with a 3-1 lead after six strong innings, the
Cubs tied the game against Philadelphia's bullpen in the seventh.
Against Rheal Cormier, pinch-hitter Todd Hollandsworth hit a
broken-bat soft fly to right that Abreu could have dove for, but he
stopped short and the ball bounced past him for a game-tying,
"I don't know if it was catchable or not," Manuel said. "It
would have been a hell of a catch."
The Phillies wasted a career-high six strikeout effort from
Tejeda, who again was sharp as the Phillies' fifth starter.
Tejeda allowed four hits and walked none, giving up one earned
run or less for the sixth time in nine starts this season. He
struck out the side in the third inning and allowed only a
sacrifice fly in the fifth.
"He's been pretty relaxed ever since we put him that role,"
Cubs starter Jerome Williams gave up five hits and three runs --
two earned -- in four innings.
The Phillies took a 3-0 lead in the second inning on Bell's
sacrifice fly, Mike Lieberthal's RBI single and Rollins' RBI
Injured RHP Kerry Wood and SS Nomar Garciaparra are
expected to rejoin the Cubs by this weekend. Wood said his right
arm was loose and feeling good after a couple of minor league
rehabilitation outings. Garciaparra went 1-for-3 in his final
rehabilitation game at Double-A West Tenn. ... Former Phillies
reliever Dan Plesac visited with some of his former teammates
before the game. ... Actor Greg Kinnear, who is filming a movie in
Philadelphia, was at the game.