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Published: Thursday, 6/24/2010

Rollins tops Tribe with 9th-inning homerun

ASSOCIATED PRESS

PHILADELPHIA - Jimmy Rollins hit the first game-ending homer of his career, a two-run shot with one out in the ninth inning Wednesday night that lifted the Philadelphia Phillies over the Cleveland Indians 7-6.

Trailing 6-5, the Phillies rallied against Kerry Wood (1-3). Brian Schneider led off with a walk and advanced to second on a groundout.

Rollins then hit a liner inside the right-field foul pole to win it. The 2007 NL MVP was hitless since returning from his second stint on the disabled list. He's played in only 14 games this season because of a calf injury.

Schneider and Jayson Werth added solo homers for the Phillies.

Shin-soo Choo hit a pair of two-run homers for the Indians.

The Indians went ahead 6-5 in the ninth off J.C. Romero (1-0). With runners at second and third and the infield drawn in, Carlos Santana hit a hard one-hopper to shortstop. Rollins made a diving backhanded stop, but the throw home from his knees skipped past Schneider for an error, and Trevor Crowe scored standing.

The two-time NL champion Phillies are 6-3 since a 5-14 skid. Cleveland, which has the second-worst record in the AL, has lost four in a row.

Neither starter pitched well. Jake Westbrook gave up four runs and seven hits in five innings for the Indians. Philadelphia's Kyle Kendrick allowed four earned runs and six hits in four-plus innings.

The Phillies tied it at 1 when Schneider hit reliever Frank Herrmann's first pitch into the seats in right-center leading off the bottom of the seventh. It was the catcher's first homer with the Phillies.

Choo put the Indians ahead 5-4 with his second homer in the fifth after Raul Ibanez hit a two-run double to give Philadelphia its first lead in the fourth.

Crowe reached on second baseman Chase Utley's fielding error before Choo hit an opposite-field drive to left-center.



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