"He's hitting the ball good, and hitting for power," Manuel said. "Keep hitting, Jimmy. I'm not thinking about moving him down.""I'm a leadoff hitter. I hit home runs so now I'm batting behind Ryan Howard?" Rollins said. "It's weird to me."
Rollins shrugged at leading the NL in homers, as he'd rather lead in runs scored."I've hit them in other games we lost, so it didn't matter," he said. "As long as we get the win, if I hit a home run, that's great. If I score some runs, that's better." He scored one of Philadelphia's eight runs on Saturday, and helped the club secure its first home win and a chance at its first series of the season. The Phillies needed the offense to pick up Cole Hamels, who suffered his first subpar outing in three starts this season. The lefty needed 110 pitches over six laborious innings. Hamels said he struggled with his changeup, and Houston's hitters were ready. "They were more aware of it," Hamels said. "They were sitting on it, and I wasn't executing it. I think six or seven of the hits were on changeups I left out over the zone and they put them in play." Gassed, Hamels managed to strike out Humberto Quintero with the bases loaded in the sixth and left with the game tied. He recorded his first victory because the Phillies took the lead in the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Jayson Werth singled and scored the go-ahead run two outs later on a double by Chase Utley. Pat Burrell's broken-bat RBI single produced the seventh run and followed an intentional walk to Howard, something for which Burrell is prepared. "Coming off [Howard hitting] 58 homers [last season], it's going to be the other guy more times than not, so it's important for the guys behind him to do their job," Burrell said. "That's the position you want to be in, and I was able to get a hit." And a win for the Phillies and Hamels, who got no-decisions instead of wins in his first two starts. "That's baseball," Hamels said. "You put out some good starts and don't get wins and my first one comes in a start I wasn't too pleased about. Luckily, the team played well for me." The bullpen also pitched well, keeping the lead, starting with Francisco Rosario's scoreless seventh inning. Rosario, in his first outing since being added to the roster on Monday, impressed Manuel with a fastball in the mid-90s. "We felt like it was time to put him in," Manuel said. "I like big arms at the end of the bullpen. He showed a good fastball." Antonio Alfonseca tossed the eighth and Tom Gordon worked the ninth for his second save. "Obviously, things haven't been going that way we wanted them to [at the beginning of the season], but to get down, we could have easily given up," Howard said. "We didn't. We came back."
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less