Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Los Angeles won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, August 9
Philadelphia 6Final
Los Angeles 7
Game 2: Saturday, August 10
Philadelphia 8Final
Los Angeles 10
Game 3: Sunday, August 11
Philadelphia 6Final
Los Angeles 3

Phillies 6

(55-62, 26-33 away)

Dodgers 3

(66-52, 33-26 home)

8:10 PM ET, August 11, 2002

Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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W: M. Timlin (4-4)

L: P. Shuey (4-2)

S: J. Mesa (33)

Rollins gets five hits as Phillies bounce back

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- After embarrassing himself twice on the basepaths, Jimmy Rollins distinguished himself at the plate.

Jimmy Rollins
Shortstop
Philadelphia Phillies
Profile
2002 SEASON STATISTICS
GM HR RBI R SB AVG
111 9 44 57 20 .247

Rollins capped the first five-hit game of his career with a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning, and the Philadelphia Phillies bounced back from two crushing losses to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-3 Sunday.

``My confidence hasn't been down, but you can't say that a five-hit game doesn't make you happy,'' Rollins said. ``I don't know if it'll give me any more confidence, but maybe I'll be able to relax a little more.''

Rollins, who played in his second All-Star Game last month after being voted onto the starting team at shortstop, raised his season average to .247. He has singled in each of his last seven at-bats _ after getting only one in his previous 19 career at-bats at Dodger Stadium.

``It wasn't a problem with mechanics, it was a timing problem,'' he said. ``I was working on getting my front foot down in time, but for some reason, it wasn't clicking. But one of my teammates said something yesterday, and it made sense. I got two hits yesterday, and today I got great results.''

Things were different after Rollins got on base. He was erased twice on rundown plays, squandering scoring chances. In the third inning, Rollins was tagged out by shortstop Cesar Izturis after pitcher Odalis Perez noticed Rollins breaking for third and threw to Adrian Beltre.

``I was trying to catch him sleeping,'' said Rollins, who has known Perez since their days in Class A ball. ``He had his head down looking at the catcher, and Beltre had his head down. But Izturis was paying attention. So as soon as I took off, he was yelling. And they got me.''

Mark Grudzielanek and Marquis Grissom each homered for the third time in three games, but the Dodgers tied a season high with four errors and saw their wild card lead over San Francisco cut to a half-game. They also slipped seven games behind first-place Arizona in the NL West.

Alex Cora, a defensive replacement at second base for Grudzielanek, opened the door for Philadelphia's three-run eighth with a throwing error. Cora took a relay throw from right field on a single by Tomas Perez and tried to nail him as he rounded the bag.

``When you beat yourselves, that's a little bit tougher to take,'' Dodgers center fielder Dave Roberts said. ``At this time of year, things are more magnified.''

Tomas Perez scored from third on Rollins' single to left, as the throw from a charging Grissom bounced over the shoulder of Paul Lo Duca as Rollins continued to third. Paul Shuey (1-2) then walked Bobby Abreu and allowed a two-run single to Pat Burrell.

Shuey has a 10.80 ERA in nine appearances with the Dodgers since a July 28 trade from Cleveland -- allowing 12 hits and 11 walks in only 6 2-3 innings. In his last nine outings before the trade, he allowed one earned run and no walks in 10 innings.

``It's going to be awful hard on me, dealing with this one because we had a good chance to sweep the series,'' said Shuey, who was traded for Terry Mulholland and has replaced him as the Dodger Stadium crowd's favorite target for boos.

``It's been a while since I've struggled like this. I just don't feel like I've been making bad pitches, but I'm not making the key pitch when I have to get out of a jam. Maybe I'm just in too many jams to start with. But I've got to get it turned around.''

Mike Timlin (4-4) worked a hitless eighth, and Jose Mesa got three straight outs for his 33rd save in 41 attempts.

Perez pitched seven innings for the Dodgers, allowing three runs -- two earned -- and nine hits, including four consecutive singles by Rollins. The left-hander is 0-4 in six starts since beating St. Louis on July 5.

The Dodgers' pitcher led off the fifth with a double and scored on Beltre's sacrifice fly for a 3-2 lead against Randy Wolf. The Phillies tied it in the seventh on Abreu's RBI double, but left two more runners in scoring position when Travis Lee grounded out.

Grudzielanek, who had only four errors in his previous 103 starts this season, committed two on one play to help the Phillies score two runs in the second.

With runners at the corners and one out, Grudzielanek mishandled Marlon Anderson's grounder toward the hole -- then compounded the mistake with a horrible throw past first base as Tomas Perez scored behind Mike Lieberthal.

Grudzielanek got one of the runs back in the bottom half with a first-pitch homer to center field, his eighth this season.

Grissom, starting in left field for the third straight game because of Brian Jordan's sore lower back, hit his 13th homer in the first inning.

Wolf allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings.

Game notes


The Phillies, coming off 7-6 and 10-8 losses the previous two nights, haven't lost three straight games when scoring at least six runs since Aug. 28-31, 1996. ... Odalis Perez got all four of his strikeouts in succession after Rollins led off the fifth with a single. ... Lieberthal, who homered in three consecutive plate appearances Saturday, had two hits and finished the series 9-for-13.

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