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Rollins, Phillies avoid history with walk-off win over Giants

1:17 PM, Jul 22, 2012   |    comments
Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins (11) celebrates his game winning sacrifice fly with teammates Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick (38), right fielder Hunter Pence (3) and left fielder John Mayberry Jr. (15) during the game at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Giants 4-3 in 12 innings. (PHOTO: US PRESSWIRE)
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PHILADELPHIA, PA - It's been over 40 years since the Philadelphia Phillies had lost eight in a row at home.

Thanks to Jimmy Rollins, it will stay that way for a little while longer.

Mired in a seven-game home slump, Rollins lined an RBI single in the 12th inning to lift the Phillies to a 4-3 victory over the Giants in the conclusion of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park.

Philadelphia has endured a season many would wish to forget, and its third seven-game losing streak at its nine-year-old ballpark is now in the history books. Rollins' hit helped snap a three-game losing streak overall.

John Mayberry Jr. hit a pair of home runs for the second time in his career, and Chase Utley had an RBI triple in the opening inning. Kyle Kendrick (4-8) received the win for 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Nate Schierholtz hit two home runs as well for the Giants, who were aiming for their first sweep of the Phillies since 2004. Brad Penny (0-1) took the loss after Barry Zito allowed three runs in a seven-inning start.

 

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