Rowand injured in collision as Phillies knock off Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chase Utley's homer wasn't his only hit Monday

A nasty collision between Aaron Rowand and Utley overshadowed
the Philadelphia Phillies' 6-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

"They came together pretty good," Phillies manager Charlie
Manuel said. "It was fortunate someone didn't get hurt worse."

Rowand hobbled off the field with a sprained left ankle after
tangling with Utley in the eighth inning. Rowand was taken to
Northwestern Memorial Hospital for precautionary X-rays.

"I hope it's not broken," he said. "I want to get back out
there soon, because I've been swinging the bat better lately. I'll
keep my fingers crossed."

John Mabry hit a shallow fly, and Rowand came running in from
center field while Utley headed back from second base. Utley had
the ball in his glove, but tagged Rowand hard in the left shoulder
with his glove as they collided. The ball came loose, and Rowand
went end over end to the ground. Utley also hit the field.

Rowand said he hit a hole in the outfield while running and
didn't see Utley until it was too late. He immediately felt pain in
his neck, as well as his wrist. But after he got up, only his ankle

"My foot wasn't planted when I hit Chase," Rowand said.
"We'll see what happens. The doctor said that if he had to guess,
he didn't think [it was broken]."

Rowand was down for a few minutes before leaving with the help
of two teammates. Mabry got a triple on the play. Utley was sore
after the game but said he otherwise was unhurt.

Jimmy Rollins also homered, leading Jon Lieber and the Phillies
to their third straight win. They moved back to .500 for the first
time since June 19 and stayed within 2½ games of Cincinnati in the
NL wild-card race.

Jacque Jones hit a two-run homer in the ninth for the Cubs.
Arthur Rhodes held on for his third save.

Jones and Aramis Ramirez, who doubled twice, each had four hits.

Rollins hit a two-run homer off Rich Hill to cap a four-run
fourth. Only one run in the inning was earned after a throwing
error by shortstop Ronny Cedeno.

Utley led off the fifth with his 22nd homer for a 5-0 lead.

Lieber (6-9) won consecutive starts for the first time since
May, when he won three straight. He gave up two runs on 11 hits in
6 2/3 innings.

"It seemed like every inning someone was on base," Lieber
said. "But I have to give a lot of credit to my defense."

Freddie Bynum and Juan Pierre singled in the Cubs' seventh. A
wild pitch scored one run, Ramirez hit an RBI double and Jones
singled off reliever Aaron Fultz to make it 5-3.

Pat Burrell doubled and scored on Abraham Nunez's single in the
eighth to give the Phillies a three-run cushion.

Hill (3-6) gave up 11 hits and two earned runs in six innings.

Hill walked Burrell starting the fourth and gave up a double to
Rowand. One out later, Cedeno's throw home on Nunez's grounder hit
Burrell on the helmet, and Rowand also scored on the play.

"That wasn't a very good decision, going home on that ball,"
Baker said. "Rollins hits one out to make it four-run fourth
inning. In that situation with the pitcher up next, even if they
score one, it's just 1-0."

Cedeno thought he had the play, but Baker called it

"That's a play where I have to throw it perfect," Cedeno said.
"When I got that slow ground ball, I went to home plate. I almost
made the play, but I can't do anything about it right now."

Cedeno had moved from second to shortstop, where he had played
the first four months of the season, in the fourth. Cedeno replaced
Cesar Izturis, who left the game with a strained right hamstring.

"Possibly," Baker said of Izturis going on the DL. "It's the
hamstring again. That's why we took him out of the game. The guys
are banged up."

Game notes
Bynum's pinch-hit single in the seventh was his first
appearance since June 24, when he went on the DL with shoulder
problems. He was activated before the game. ... Izturis was listed
as day-to-day with the hamstring that has troubled him at times
this season. ... Nunez had two RBI, one game after he had a career
high-tying four in a win over Washington. ... This four-game series
is the first meeting of the Cubs and Phillies this season. The Cubs
travel to Philadelphia on Sept. 18-20. ... Rollins stole two bases
to give him 200 for his career, putting him in sole possession of
10th place on the team list. ... Pierre extended his hitting streak
to 13 games, longest for a Cub this season. ... After the game, the
Phillies placed closer Tom Gordon on the 15-day DL with a strained
right shoulder, retroactive to Aug. 13.