Phils' Rosenberg gives up game-ending HR in debut
By BEN WALKER
BALTIMORE (AP) B.J. Rosenberg trotted in from the bullpen, gave his glove a smack right before reaching the mound, chatted briefly with Carlos Ruiz and got an encouraging tap from the catcher.
Then, after the public address announcer at Camden Yards introduced him and sent a murmur through the crowd by telling fans it was his big league debut, Rosenberg went to work.
The Phillies newcomer got off to a promising start. He struck out his first batter with a 94 mph fastball and pitched a perfect 11th inning.
The 12th inning, not so good.
After issuing a leadoff walk, Rosenberg hung a slider that Adam Jones hit for a game-ending home run that lifted the Baltimore Orioles over Philadelphia 6-4 Saturday.
"It's still one of the best days of my life," Rosenberg said. "I wish the outcome would've come out better."
But at 26, he'd made the majors. Called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley earlier in the day, he got about three hours of sleep before arriving.
"I wouldn't trade places with anybody in the world," he said.
Jones ended a season-worst 0-for-18 slump with a single in the ninth, then launched a drive over the outstretched glove of center fielder Shane Victorino.
Chris Davis drew a leadoff walk from Rosenberg (0-1) and Jones followed with his 17th home run, and the second game-ending drive of his career.
Rosenberg admitted he was a bit anxious when he entered the game. After settling down, the right-hander said he felt "a little jumpy" in the 12th.
"It didn't end up like I'd prefer," he said.
Baltimore won its eighth straight extra-inning game. The Orioles won for only the fourth time in 13 games overall.
Luis Ayala (2-1) threw one inning for the win. Both teams used five pitchers.
The Orioles helped themselves by turning a season-high four double plays and making several sparkling catches.
Philadelphia made three errors in a single inning and bobbled a few other balls. Minus injured infielders Placido Polanco and Freddy Galvis, there was no defense for this day's defense.
"I don't want to get in the habit where we're making mistakes," manager Charlie Manuel said.
The crowd of 46,611 marked the first sellout of the season in Baltimore since opening day. The ballpark was evenly split between Orioles and Phillies boosters, keeping things lively all afternoon.
With fans in orange and red on their feet and hollering on every pitch in the eighth, Thome's RBI single to center made it 4-all. The slugging DH got high-fives and huge pats on the back in the dugout after being lifted for a pinch runner.
The Phillies had no trouble hitting the ball out of the park. Getting the ball to stick in their mitts was more difficult.
In the fourth inning alone, Philadelphia committed three errors - Rollins mishandled a grounder to shortstop, pitcher Vance Worley bounced a throw and Fontenot misplayed a line drive.
Those miscues gave the Orioles two runs and a 3-2 lead. Davis had an RBI grounder in the third, set up when Endy Chavez singled off Fontenot's glove.
Rollins, the only Phillies starter without a hit the previous day, lined a shot over the right field wall in the third.
Thome hit his 605th career home run on the first pitch of the fourth - it also was his 60th in interleague play, most in the majors. He came off the disabled list earlier in the week, then got three hits and his first RBI of the season Friday night.
Luna hit a leadoff homer in the fifth that made it 3-all. All three Phillies homers came against Tommy Hunter, who was promoted from Triple-A to make this start and lasted seven innings.
NOTES: Philadelphia is 2-5 in extras. ... The last time three different Philadelphia players made errors in the same inning was June 13, 2009, against Boston when Carlos Ruiz, Ryan Howard and Victorino had problems, STATS LLC said. ... Phillies LHP Cliff Lee tries again for his first win of the season when he starts Sunday. Lee is 0-3 in nine starts despite a 2.92 ERA.
Updated June 9, 2012