Jimmy Rollins still believes the Philadelphia Phillies can make a run at a playoff spot.
The Encinal High School product helped his team’s cause by lining an RBI single in the 12th inning to lead the Phillies over the Giants 4-3 on Sunday.
The five-time defending NL East champions are 10½ games behind Atlanta for the second wild-card spot. They snapped a seven-game home losing streak with the win and improved to 5-4 since the All-Star break.
“It’s not a feeling. It’s a fact,” Rollins said when asked whether he felt the Phillies could contend.
John Mayberry Jr. hit a pair of solo homers and Joe Blanton had another strong start for Philadelphia.
Nate Schierholtz hit two solo shots for the first-place Giants, who are 7-2 since the All-Star break.
“We’re getting contributions from one through nine, which is why we had a good trip,” Giants hot-hitting catcher Buster Posey said.
Kyle Kendrick (4-8) earned the win with 2¹⁄³ scoreless innings.
Carlos Ruiz walked in the 12th against Giants reliever Brad Penny (0-1). He advanced to third on Laynce Nix’s single to right and scored on Rollins’ hit to right.
Barry Zito allowed three runs and five hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings for the Giants. The lefty remained 8-6 with a 3.75 ERA in an excellent bounce-back season after an injury-plagued 2011.
“I was a little off in the first inning and made two mistakes to Mayberry. I tip my hat to him,” Zito said.
Schierholtz led off the game with a homer and connected again with two outs in the eighth to tie it at 3-3. He has just five homers this season, but two multihomer games.
The Phillies took a 3-2 lead in the seventh on Mayberry’s second homer, a high drive to left. All eight of his homers this season have come since May 11.
Mayberry didn’t have any RBIs in his previous 39 at-bats before going deep in the fourth to tie it at 2-2. Pablo Sandoval’s RBI double in the fourth had put the Giants up 2-1.
Schierholtz crushed his first career leadoff homer to put the Giants up 1-0.
The Phillies answered in the first when Chase Utley hit an RBI triple to deep right-center.