LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Even with an early five-run lead built on
four homers, Philadelphia Phillies manager Larry Bowa wasn't
comfortable. He has been conditioned to think that way by his team.
Fill-in closer Tim Worrell blew the lead in the ninth by giving
up Jayson Werth's second homer of the game. But the Phillies
converted Cesar Izturis' throwing error into four unearned runs in
the 11th, including a go-ahead, two-run single by Jim Thome against
All-Star reliever Eric Gagne, and beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-5
"We don't have easy games," Bowa said. "The Dodgers are a
good team and they battled back and got some big hits, but the
other guys all picked up the slack for Tim Worrell and we beat the
best reliever in baseball. It doesn't get any better than that."
Jimmy Rollins led off the game with a home run, one of four hit
by Philadelphia in the first two innings against Kazuhisa Ishii.
Bobby Abreu, Marlon Byrd and Placido Polanco also connected for the
"He was leaving some balls in the zone, and we just came out
swinging," Byrd said. "Jimmy set the tone early for us."
Starting the final leg of a four-city, 13-game road trip, the
Phillies won their fourth straight to match their longest winning
streak this season. They have won seven in a row against the
first-place Dodgers, including four this season, and are 18-5
against the NL West this year.
Izturis fielded Byrd's leadoff grounder to shortstop in the 11th
and pulled 6-foot-5 first baseman Hee Seop Choi off the bag with a
high throw. Gagne (4-1) walked Rollins with one out, and Polanco
loaded the bases with a single before Thome lined a single to
center in his first career at-bat against Gagne for a 7-5 lead.
"I was just trying to get a fastball because his other two
pitches, you're not going to hit because he doesn't hang them a
whole lot," Thome said. "I was fortunate to get a fastball to hit
and I hit it through the middle. To get that big hit with two outs
Worrell, closing for Philadelphia while three-time All-Star
Billy Wagner is on the disabled list with a strained rotator cuff,
was charged with his fifth blown save in 18 attempts when Werth
drove a 1-2 pitch over the right-field fence for his 10th home run.
"After three days in a row, we even weren't going to use him,"
Bowa said. "But he called down and said, `Let me go.'
"When you see that as a manager, that tells you all you want to
know about a guy's heart and character. It was unbelievable that he
even volunteered. Tim Worrell gained a lot more respect from
everybody in here, even though he already had the respect."
Werth's first multihomer game in the majors came in his first
career game against the Phillies. He was on the disabled list with
a strained oblique muscle when the Dodgers were swept in a
three-game series at Philadelphia in May.
"We came from down five runs, which just goes to show you that
we're never down and out," Werth said. "No matter how many runs
behind we are, we always feel like we can come back from any
deficit, and we showed that again tonight. We didn't get the win,
but we're not going to hang our heads."
Ishii retired only six of 12 batters in his shortest outing this
season and left trailing 5-0. The left-hander threw 49 pitches in
two innings, and his ERA jumped 30 points to 4.76.
Giovanni Carrara had six strikeouts in three scoreless innings,
fanning Rollins, Polanco, Abreu and Thome in succession.
Phillies left-hander Randy Wolf allowed three runs and six hits
in six innings, striking out six. He gave up Werth's three-run
homer in the fifth before Alex Cora cut the margin to 5-4 in the
eighth with an RBI single against Rheal Cormier.
Rollins hit his eighth career leadoff homer and his third this
year, and Abreu hit his 25th homer one out later.
Doug Glanville, starting in place of injured Pat Burrell, drew a
leadoff walk in the second and Byrd followed with his third homer.
Two outs later, Polanco made it 5-0 with his second homer in two
The Phillies placed RHP Kevin Millwood on the 15-day
disabled list because of tendinitis in his elbow and recalled
reliever Geoff Geary from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. ...
Rollins was 0-for-7 against Ishii before his home run. ... Thome
tried to score from first on a two-out bloop single to right by
Bell in the seventh, but was thrown out easily. ... Wagner,
sidelined since July 22, went to Anaheim Angels team physician Dr.
Lewis Yocum to get a second opinion on his shoulder. There was no
structural damage, and Wagner was told to rest it for another week
to 10 days.