Jimmy Rollins singled to lead off the fifth inning to move past Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt as the Phillies’ all-time hits leader with 2,235 (see story).
Additionally, it was Rollins’ record-breaking single that set the table for a three-run rally in the fifth to put the Phillies in control for a 7-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday at Citizens Bank Park.
Rollins’ single was greeted with a brief on-field ceremony in which Schmidt was brought out to congratulate the new Phillies hit king as the rest of the team rushed onto the field to celebrate with the duo.
The excitement seemed to pass in the inning until Marlon Byrd worked a two-out, six-pitch walk to bring up Domonic Brown. On a 2-2 fastball, Brown launched one into the seats in right field for a three-run homer.
Starting pitching report
Rookie David Buchanan allowed three runs — all solo homers — in five innings. He gave up six hits and a walk and notched five strikeouts to go with his second win.
The Phillies chased Cubs starter Edwin Jackson with two outs in the fifth inning. The right-hander was charged with seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and two walks.
Mario Hollands, Justin De Fratus and Jake Diekman tossed a scoreless inning a piece before Jonathan Papelbon come on in the ninth for his 15th save.
At the plate
Brown’s fifth homer was the exclamation point. It also underscored one of Brown’s strengths this season — hitting with runners in scoring position. Brown is 21 for 60 with four homers and 32 RBIs in RISP situations this season.
Additionally, Chase Utley hit his fifth homer of the season in the first inning. Carlos Ruiz, Reid Brignac and Marlon Byrd each had a pair of hits. Byrd went 2 for 3 with a double, a triple and a walk.
Mike Olt, Justin Ruggiano and Luis Valbuena homered for the Cubs. Olt’s homer was his 10th of the season to go with eight singles.
Rollins has the Phillies’ (modern day) records in hits, doubles and stolen bases. The next record to fall will be at-bats. Rollins is just 21 at-bats behind Schmidt for the franchise record. Meanwhile, if Rollins is caught stealing three more times he ties Larry Bowa for the franchise record.
The homer for Utley was the 222nd of his career. The next one he hits moves him into a tie with Greg Luzinski for sixth-most in franchise history. Utley’s homer also pushed him to 1,436 career hits. He needs 14 for 1,500 and 25 to tie Tony Taylor for 10th in franchise history.
A.J. Burnett (4-5, 4.24) faces lefty Travis Wood (6-5, 4.95) in Sunday’s series finale. After the game, the Phillies head to Atlanta for three games and then St. Louis for four. Here are the pitching matchups for the series against the Braves:
Monday: Cole Hamels (2-3, 3.07) vs. Julio Teheran (6-4, 2.41)
Tuesday: Kyle Kendrick (2-6, 4.09) vs. Ervin Santana (5-3, 4.09)
Wednesday: Roberto Hernandez (2-5, 4.26) vs. Aaron Harang (5-5, 3.20)