HOUSTON (AP) — With one swing of the bat from Jimmy Rollins on Friday night, the Philadelphia Phillies put a tough loss to the Houston Astros a night before behind them.
Rollins hit a leadoff homer, Domonic Brown had a two-run shot and John Mayberry and Ryan Howard each had three RBIs as the Phillies beat the Astros 12-6.
Former Creighton standout Darin Ruf, who hit 38 homers this season for Class AA Reading, made his major league debut for Philadelphia, popping out to end the ninth inning.
The Phillies rebounded from Thursday night's 6-4 loss to Houston, which broke a seven-game winning streak and left them four games back for the second NL wild-card spot. Their now three games back after the Dodgers' win over the Cardinals later Friday.
“It's huge,” Philadelphia starter Cole Hamels said of Rollins' homer. “That's something that Jimmy's done a lot in his career, and when he's able to do that, it really kind of puts the edge into our favor and really gets guys fired up to go out and perform at the highest level. With what we have at stake going on right now, that's what we need.”
Rollins' homer keyed a four-run first inning on a night when the Phillies came one run shy of a season high.
“We don't have too many where we can kind of relax,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. “At the same time, tonight, that was good for us. Getting some hits and scoring some runs was good for us.”
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