Rollins' single gives Phils sweep in walk-off fashion

Rollins' single gives Phils sweep in walk-off fashion

Rollins' single gives Phils sweep in walk-off fashion
PHILADELPHIA -- It has been quite a week for the Phillies.

It started Sunday, when Jimmy Rollins singled to score the winning run in the 12th inning against the Giants. It continued Monday, when they scored four runs in the ninth inning in a 7-6 victory over the Brewers. It carried into Tuesday, when they scored six runs in the eighth inning in another 7-6 victory over Milwaukee.

Feeling pretty good about the previous three games, the Phillies woke up Wednesday morning to let everybody know Cole Hamels had signed a six-year, $144 million contract extension. They celebrated several hours later when Rollins singled to score Mike Fontenot in the 10th inning in their third 7-6 victory over the Brewers.

Four consecutive comeback victories.

Three walkoffs.

One ace signed.

"It shows we definitely haven't given up," said Chase Utley, who went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs. "We have some ground to cover over the next few months, but we have the type of guys in this clubhouse that are determined and want to win. I think that's important, coming back late in games, it's a good quality."

The Phillies, who swept their first three-game series of the season, have won eight of their last 11 games, but remain 45-54 and 14 games behind the first-place Nationals in the National League East and 9 1/2 games behind the NL Wild Card leaders with 63 games to play.

Utley said he is hopeful the Phillies do not sell before Tuesday's Trade Deadline. Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence, Joe Blanton and possibly even Cliff Lee could be shipped at some point.

"I think we have a pretty good squad right now," Utley said. "We'll have to see, but I like our chances going forward."

Wednesday's comeback started when Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez walked John Mayberry Jr. with one out. Erik Kratz followed with a double to put runners on second and third.

Kratz has been in the middle of everything this week. He scored the winning run Monday, sliding head-first into home plate. His pinch-hit, two-run home run in the eighth inning Tuesday sparked the Phillies' comeback.

He went 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI on Wednesday.

"I was definitely caught up in it," Kratz said. "I think everybody was caught up in it. You see all the smiles, running onto the field."

Kratz grew up in Telford, Pa., and a Phillies fan, so this week has been special for a guy with 56 big-league at-bats.

"It's awesome," he said. "I don't have a lot of words to say about it. It's awesome. To know that I was a fan that used to cheer and used to be in the stands -- more at the Vet than here -- it's definitely something that I'll look back on. Right now, it's fun being here winning."

The Phillies tied the game in the second, 1-1, when Juan Pierre doubled and scored on a single from Kratz. They took a 3-1 lead in the third when Victorino singled and scored on Utley's double, and Utley scored on Pence's single to right.

Kratz doubled, Victorino walked and Utley ripped a double to center field to score both runners in the fourth to give the Phillies a 5-1 lead.

Phillies right-hander Vance Worley allowed 10 hits and three runs in 5 1/3 innings to allow the Brewers to creep within two. He has a 6.43 ERA in his last five starts.

But the Phillies still held a 5-3 lead in the eighth inning when Antonio Bastardo served up a two-run home run to Ryan Braun to tie it.

Earlier this season, the Phillies probably would have found a way to lose that kind of game. This week, they found ways to win them.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.