How? A huge deficit was erased, the bullpen was tremendous and Jimmy Rollins showed his flair for the dramatic by capping off a resilient comeback in an entertaining 8-7 win by the Phillies over the Rockies.
Trailing 7-2 heading into the sixth inning, the Phillies (33-35) broke out for six runs over the next two frames to stun Colorado (35-33). Before Friday's shocker at Coors Field, the greatest margin the Phillies had overcome this season was two runs.
And a bonus, the beleaguered bullpen was excellent after Kyle Kendrick pitched his worst outing in 23 starts. In 4 1/3 innings, Kendrick allowed seven runs -- his most since Aug. 8 of last season. The Phillies' righty now has a 5.70 ERA in his last six starts.
But that was easily forgotten when Freddy Galvis hit a two-run triple in the sixth inning and a game-tying, two-run triple in the seventh with two outs to dig the Phillies out of a deep hole and into a 7-7 tie.
Rollins then came off the bench to pinch-hit for Humberto Quintero and propel the Phillies ahead by knocking in Galvis with a single. Rollins was not in the starting lineup because of a sore foot/hip, according to CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury.
A pair of young relievers (Jake Diekman, Justin De Fratus) and a pair of veteran relievers (Mike Adams, Jonathan Papelbon) preserved the Phillies' slim lead. Those four, combined with Michael Stutes and Jeremy Horst, pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
For Adams, it was his second consecutive scoreless inning. For Papelbon, it was his 13th save in as many opportunities while lowering his ERA to 1.46.
Galvis was just 1 for 22 on the Phillies' road trip prior to his game-changing triples.
And, don't look now, but the Phillies are a reasonable 6 1/2 games behind first-place Atlanta in the NL East, thanks to the Braves' four-game losing streak.
In hopes of extending the Phillies' recent string of good fortune, Jonathan Pettibone (3-2, 3.70) starts Saturday and opposes Tyler Chatwood (3-1, 2.14).