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Rollins’ streak halted at 38

Cardinals sends Phillies to third straight setback

April 7, 2006

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— Jimmy Rollins watched the final out with his bat in his hands, turned and walked down the steps of the dugout.

He was more disappointed over Philadelphia's third straight loss than the end of his 38-game hitting streak.

Rollins went 0-for-4, snapping a hitting streak that stretched over two seasons, and the Phillies lost, 4-2, to the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday.

"I said I'd trade a hit for a win," Rollins said. "Unfortunately it didn't happen."

After finishing with a 36-game hitting streak last year, Rollins kept up his pursuit of Joe DiMaggio's major-league-record 56-game streak with hits in his first two games this season.

But he was hitless in three tries against Jason Marquis - he's 3-for-25 against him - and one at-bat against Josh Hancock. Rollins flied out to right field (first inning), left field (fifth) and center field (seventh) and was retired trying to bunt for a single in the third.

Rollins was the fifth batter due up in the ninth, but Jason Isringhausen retired the side in order, getting Mike Lieberthal to ground out to third base for the final out.

"The thing I like best is we went after him every time the whole series," said Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, who signaled for a strike before Rollins doubled against Adam Wainwright on a 3-0 pitch with the streak on the line in the eighth inning of Monday's opener. "He didn't walk one time."

Rollins' season-ending 36-game hitting streak was the ninth-longest over one season in big-league history and the longest in the majors since 1987, when Paul Molitor hit safely in 39 consecutive games. The 38-game streak is the eighth-longest overall.

A three-time All-Star shortstop, Rollins' pursuit of DiMaggio's 65-year-old record had a catch. DiMaggio accomplished his feat in the same season in 1941. The major-league marks for longest hitting streak in one season and longest hitting streak spanning two seasons are separate records.

DiMaggio holds both with his 56-game streak, but there is a difference in the NL records: Pete Rose (1978) and Willie Keeler (1897) share the NL mark at 44 games. However, Keeler got a hit in his final game of 1896, so his run of 45 games overall was the first record Rollins could have eclipsed.

Philadelphia Phillies Jimmy Rollins flies out in the 5th inning against the St, Louis Cardinals Thursday, April 6, 2006 in Philadelphia. Rollins went 0 for 4 ending his 38 game hitting strreak.

Philadelphia Phillies Jimmy Rollins flies out in the 5th inning against the St, Louis Cardinals Thursday, April 6, 2006 in Philadelphia. Rollins went 0 for 4 ending his 38 game hitting strreak.

Diamondbacks 12, Rockies 5

Denver - Miguel Batista matched a career high with 11 strikeouts in seven strong innings to win his first start in almost two season.

Batista (1-0) was converted into a reliever by Toronto after a Sept. 16, 2004 start against Baltimore and served as Toronto's closer last season. He returned to being a starter when the Diamondbacks obtained him in a December trade with the Blue Jays. The 35-year-old Batista walked two and allowed two runs and four hits. He won for the first time as a starter since beating the Angels on Aug. 29, 2004.

Giants 6, Braves 4

San Francisco - Pedro Feliz hit a three-run double in the Giants' six-run third, and Ray Durham added a two-run single in the inning.

Barry Bonds saw all of eight pitches to hit. He drew his first two intentional walks of the season, struck out and grounded weakly to first.

Bonds, who made one catch in left field, stepped into the batter's box in the bottom of the first inning to roaring cheers and a standing ovation from his hometown fans.

Atlanta starter Jorge Sosa (0-1) gave up seven hits and six runs in 21â3 innings.

He struck out one and walked three.

Reds 6, Pirates 5

Cincinnati - Adam Dunn hit a 479-foot homer that bounced out of the ballpark and followed with a disputed tiebreaking single in the eighth inning, leading Cincinnati over winless Pittsburgh. The Pirates fell to 0-4 for the first time since 1994 and only the seventh time in franchise history.

Manager Jim Tracy was ejected by crew chief Gary Darling after arguing Dunn's decisive single, which was initially ruled an out.

Mets 10, Nationals 5

New York - Carlos Beltran homered and drove in four runs, and Carlos Delgado also connected to help Pedro Martinez win his first start of the season.

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