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Indians Lose A Heartbreaker On A Walk-Off Homer

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Jimmy Rollins, playing in just his second game following a stint on the disabled list, hit a game-winning two-run homer with one out in the ninth to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a comeback 7-6 win over the Cleveland Indians.

Rollins, who was appearing in just his 14th game of the season, blasted a homer down the right-field line to give the Phillies’ their fifth win in seven games. Jayson Werth and Brian Schneider each added a solo homer, while Raul Ibanez drove in a pair of runs with a double in the fourth inning.

The hit made a winner of J.C. Romero (1-0), who pitched one scoreless inning. The win helped Philadelphia snap a nine-series home losing streak in interleague play.

Shin-Soo Choo blasted a pair of two-run homers for the Indians, who have lost eight of nine. Trevor Crowe added three hits and four runs scored in defeat. Kerry Wood (1-3) blew his third save of the season after giving up the game- winning hit.

Neither starting pitcher fared too well. Indians starter Jake Westbrook gave up four runs and seven hits in five frames, while Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick lasted only four innings, yielding five runs — four earned — on six hits and two walks.

With the game tied entering the ninth, the Indians grabbed the lead off the Phillies’ bullpen.

Anderson Hernandez began the inning with a bunt single off Chad Durbin. On the play, Durbin suffered a right hamstring strain, prompting his exit. Romero came in and surrendered a bloop single to Crowe to put runners at the corners with nobody out.

Choo followed with a grounder back to Romero, who forced Hernandez into a rundown. By the end of the play, the score was still tied with runners on second and third and one out.

Carlos Santana sent a grounder to Rollins at shortstop, who tried to throw out Crowe at the plate. The throw was off-line, allowing Crowe to score the go- ahead run.

In the ninth, though, the Phillies won it. Wood issued a leadoff walk to Schneider, and Rollins’ blast two batters later sent the crowd into a frenzy.

The Indians wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, as Choo blasted a homer to right following Crowe’s leadoff double for a 2-0 lead to begin the game.

The Phillies answered with one in the home half. With runners on the corners and one out, Ryan Howard grounded into a 3-6 double play; however, as the play at second was not a force, Placido Polanco was allowed to score before the final out was recorded.

Werth then led off the second with a homer to center to tie the game, 2-2.

Cleveland forged back ahead on Santana’s sacrifice fly in the third, but Philadelphia took its first lead on the fourth on Ibanez’s two-run double.

The back-and-forth battle continued, with Choo’s second two-run blast following an error for a 5-4 Indians lead in the fifth, knocking Kendrick out of the game.

Tony Sipp relieved Westbrook in the sixth, and the first two Philadelphia batters reached base. Ibanez put a damper on the rally by grounding into a 6-4-3 double play, but Shane Victorino worked a walk to keep the inning alive. Sipp, however, picked off Victorino, who got in a rundown long enough for Howard to be thrown out at the plate to preserve the lead.

Schneider, though, blasted a leadoff homer off Frank Herrmann in the seventh to tie the game again, 5-5.

Game Notes

The Indians have lost 18 of their last 23 games in NL ballparks…Cleveland fell to 4-10 in interleague play this season…Werth ended with three hits, while Howard had two.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.