Phils extend wild-card lead to 1 1/2 games

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Jimmy Rollins refuses to concern himself
with all the teams chasing the Phillies in the NL wild-card race.
If Philadelphia keeps winning, he knows things will fall into place

"We know we're in the lead, there's no secret about that," the
shortstop said. "We've got to make sure we keep it that way. We
feel it's ours to lose, or should I say theirs to win. We don't sit
around looking behind us."

Bobby Abreu had three hits and drove in two runs, and the
Phillies extended their wild-card lead to 1½ games with a 7-4
victory over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night.

Robinson Tejeda, moved from the rotation to the bullpen until
Philadelphia next needs its fifth starter in early September,
pitched two scoreless innings for the victory after starter Cory
Lidle left in the fifth with a strained left side muscle.

Going from starter to reliever is nothing new for Tejeda, who
insists he doesn't care when he pitches.

"It's no big deal," he said. "You have to do the same thing
and get location on the ball and throw strikes."

A night after pounding out 16 hits in a 10-2 win, the Phillies
added 14 more to take the series after losing the opener 5-0 on
Monday. David Bell and Kenny Lofton each added three hits and Chase
Utley had two hits with an RBI.

Abreu drove in the Phillies' first run with an RBI single in the
first and he capped their scoring with a run-scoring single in the

Phillies rookie Ryan Howard drove in a run on a groundout, but
went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts after getting a career-high four
hits with a home run and three RBI Tuesday night. The first
baseman helped with a crucial play in the seventh when reliever
Ryan Madson got Ray Durham to ground into an inning-ending double
play with the bases loaded.

"The one thing I didn't want was a double play," Durham said.
"He made his pitch. He beat me inside. They throw tough guys at
you. In the seven, eight, and nine, it's tough against them. You've
got to get them early."

Lidle fell behind 2-1 after San Francisco got three hits in the
first inning -- as many as it had in Tuesday's game -- but
contributed with his bat the next inning as Philadelphia briefly
retook the lead.

Bell singled and Mike Lieberthal doubled, then Lidle hit an RBI
single to center. Lofton singled in a run two batters later and
Utley followed with a sacrifice fly.

Lidle gave up a run on a wild pitch in the second, allowing Mike
Matheny to score from third despite a diving attempt by the pitcher
to tag him at home.

Lidle, replaced by Tejeda (4-3) to start the fifth, is expected
to miss his next start. He felt a pain in his side taking a warmup
swing in the fifth. Manager Charlie Manuel expects him to be
sidelined 10-14 days.

"It's not good, but I don't know how bad it is," Lidle said.
"Anything I do with twisting, I'll probably feel it."

Billy Wagner worked the ninth for his 31st save.

Giants starter Brad Hennessey (4-6) struggled through five
innings, allowing seven of his 10 hits and four of his five runs in
the first two innings.

"I got behind a couple guys and I made some high pitches,"
said Hennessey, who took a shutout into the eighth last Friday at
St. Louis. "I've got to do a better job keeping the ball down."

He gave way to Jason Christiansen, who had his own problems in
this crazy game.

The left-hander took a scary tumble at first base in the sixth
trying to take the relay from first baseman J.T. Snow, which
Christiansen couldn't stop for an error that allowed Lofton to
score. He stayed in the game.

Moises Alou tripled leading off the third for the Giants, his
first since last Sept. 15 while with the Chicago Cubs. He scored on
Ray Durham's groundout to tie the game at 4.

Randy Winn singled to left leading off the Giants' half of the
first for career hit 1,000, then stole second. But San Francisco
didn't get a baserunner past first base in the fourth, fifth and
sixth innings.

Manuel believes it will take 88 to 90 wins for the NL wild card
-- his team has 69 with 34 games to play.

"At the start of the season, I thought it might be 92, but now
looking at it, someone could win with 88 games," Manuel said. "It
might take less."

Aside from the strike-shortened 1995 season, when teams played a
144-game schedule, no team has won a wild card with fewer than 88
wins. In 1996, the Orioles won the AL wild card with 88.

Game notes
Lidle was listed as day to day. ... Giants closer Armando
Benitez made his third appearance since returning following a
three-month rehab following surgery to reattach two hamstring
tendons to the pelvis. ... Winn, acquired in a trade with Seattle
on July 30, stole his second base with the Giants and 14th on the
year. Omar Vizquel also had a stolen base, his 21st, and Todd
Linden had his first career stolen base. ... Philadelphia's Pat
Burrell drew a season-high three walks, one intentional.