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Rolen's three RBI help Phillies defeat O's

6/30/2002

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Scott Rolen can't seem to escape the wrath of
the Philadelphia Phillies' fans.

He did a good job of quieting those that traveled down I-95 to
heckle him Sunday, getting three hits and driving in three runs to
help the Phillies rally from four runs down to beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-5.

"Rolen got big hits for us today,'' Phillies manager Larry Bowa
said. "He's starting to swing the bat good.

"He's had a lot of stuff on his mind, let's face it.''

Rolen, who was rumored to be heading to Baltimore in a trade
last winter, certainly enjoys playing at Camden Yards. Lifetime at
Camden Yards, he is hitting .315 with five homers and 12 RBI.

"This is a great place to play,'' Rolen said. "It's a
beautiful stadium, the Orioles fans are great here.''

Robert Person (3-4) pitched five innings for his 50th career
victory. Person allowed four runs, five hits and a career-high
seven walks.

Jose Mesa pitched the ninth for his 200th career save and 20th
this year. He becomes the 29th reliever to reach that plateau.

Tony Batista homered for the Orioles, who have dropped three of
four games.

Trailing 4-0, the Phillies scored three runs in the fourth
inning when Rolen hit a two-run double and scored on Lee's RBI
single.

Philadelphia then took the lead with three runs in the sixth
inning with help from three Baltimore errors and three walks.

Rolen tied the game with an RBI single off Rick Bauer (3-4)
before errors by second baseman Brian Roberts and reliever Yorkis
Perez on consecutive plays put Philadelphia ahead by two runs.

With the bases loaded and two out, Marlon Anderson's grounder
bounced off Roberts' glove, allowing Jason Michaels to score for a
5-4 lead. The next batter, Ricky Ledee, hit a comebacker to the
mound that skipped off Perez's glove, scoring Rolen.

"You never want to make an error with the bases loaded and two
outs,'' Roberts said. "It's an unfortunate mistake. ... We can't
afford to beat ourselves very often. Any time you make three errors
in one inning, it's going to cost you.''

Michaels added an RBI single in the seventh and Jimmy Rollins
hit a run-scoring single in the eighth to give the Phillies an 8-4
lead.

Melvin Mora had an RBI single in the bottom half of the eighth
to cut it to 8-5.

The Orioles took a 2-0 lead in the second. Jay Gibbons led off
with a broken-bat single to right and Marty Cordova walked. Brook
Fordyce doubled home Gibbons and Mike Bordick hit a sacrifice fly.

Baltimore starter Sidney Ponson went to the mound for the top of
the third, but left without throwing a pitch because of a blister
on his right middle finger. Ponson, 0-1 with five no-decisions in
his last six games, allowed one hit and struck out three before
being replaced by Chris Brock.

"We had to go to the bullpen a lot earlier than we wanted to,''
Orioles manager Mike Hargrove said. "We couldn't hold the lead.''

Batista's two-run homer extended the lead to 4-0 in the third.
Gary Matthews Jr. led off with a double and Batista hit his 18th
homer.

Game notes
The Phillies finished 10-8 in interleague play, while the
Orioles went 9-9. ... Ponson has not won since May 23, but has a
3.26 ERA since then. ... The three-game weekend series drew
141,058.