SEATTLE (AP) -- The way the ball had been carrying for the
Philadelphia Phillies in their first trip to Safeco Field, Jimmy
Rollins was afraid his drive to left-center field was going to be
It wasn't, and Rollins hustled for a one-out triple in the 13th
inning for his fifth hit. He then scored on Tomas Perez's
bases-loaded sacrifice fly and the Phillies beat the Mariners 3-2
Thursday night to avoid a three-game sweep.
"These boys run the balls down here. They have three center
fielders, one in left and in right, and the ball hangs up in the
air here. It's a great place to pitch," Rollins said. "That was
one of those balls that hit the grass at just the right time. Just
the way the ball hangs up here I thought, 'I hit it good, but
(center fielder Jeremy Reed) might catch it.
"Once I saw it get behind him and he turned his back, he had to
throw me out at third."
Rollins, who matched a career high for hits, had two of the
Phillies' three extra-base hits in the series. They hit no home
runs, scored just five runs, hit only .211 and spent a fair amount
of time complaining about the stadium's spacious dimensions.
"The guy can fly," Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said. "He
hit it in a gap that no one could get to it. Not many people would
get a triple on that except Jimmy Rollins."
Hargrove said he ordered the intentional walks "to see if we
couldn't get a groundball out of Perez. It just didn't work out."
Lofton put the Phillies ahead 2-1 in the eighth when he scored
from first on Reed's overthrow on a relay for an error. Lofton went
from first to third on Abreu's single, and came around to score
when Reed missed the cutoff with his throw.
Seattle starter Joel Pineiro had his strongest outing in nearly
a year. He went seven innings, allowing one run, seven hits and no
walks. It was his best start since July 25, when he beat Anaheim
6-2. In that game, he left with elbow tightness and would be shut
down for the rest of the season with a strained flexor bundle in
his right elbow. He was 2-3 with a 6.20 ERA entering Thursday.
Pineiro was involved in a bizarre double play in the seventh.
With one out and Chase Utley on second, catcher Rene Rivera allowed
third strike to Mike Lieberthal to get past him. Utley took third
as Lieberthal ran to first on the dropped strike. Rivera threw to
first for the out and Utley tried to score. First baseman Sexson
threw to Pineiro, who was covering home and tagged out Utley. The
club said Pineiro hurt his left shin on the play but doesn't
believe it is serious.
Phillies starter Brett Myers gave up six hits in 6 1-3 innings,
but matched his season high with four walks. Myers said he loves
the wide gaps and heavy air in Seattle but knows the Phillies'
hitters don't feel the same way.
"The ball kept hanging up in the gaps here and we had to scrap
for runs," Myers said. "There's a huge difference between our
park and this one. You have to change your game so much. We knew we
had to scrap and play hard."
The Mariners scored first on a two-out rally in the second. Dave
Hansen, starting his third game in place of injured third baseman
Adrian Beltre (hamstring), singled off Myers into the right-field
corner. Myers appeared to have ended the inning with a 1-2 fastball
to rookie Mike Morse but umpire Mark Carlson ruled it a ball.
Then after working the count to 3-2, Morse hit a drive into the
right-center gap. Center fielder Lofton dived to stop it but it
rolled to the wall. Hansen, breaking on contact, came all the way
around to score without a throw.
The Phillies tied it in the sixth. Rollins opened with a single
to left, then Lofton had a bunt single to the left of the plate.
Abreu lined out to deep left with Rollins alertly tagging and
On the first pitch to Jim Thome, Pineiro threw a wild pitch and
Rollins scored easily.
Reed made a fine running catch of a Michaels' drive in the
left-center gap in the second inning. He caught it leaping on the
warning track and held on as he slammed against the wall. ... Morse
was 7-for-10 in the series. ... This was the first loss for the
Mariners against Keystone State teams. They are now 5-1 against the
Phillies and last year swept a three-game series at Pittsburgh. ...
Ichiro Suzuki had two hits for his first multihit game this month.
His last multihit game was May 31 against Toronto. ... The Mariners
stranded at least one runner in 11 of the 13 innings. ... David
Bell (0-for11) and Pat Burrell (0-7) were held hitless in the