PHILADELPHIA – Despite his diminutive size, Jimmy Rollins always believed he could hit a baseball.
Turns out he’s been good enough to amass more hits in a Phillies uniform than any other player.
Rollins singled in the fifth to pass Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt to become the Phillies’ hits leader and Domonic Brown capped the inning with a three-run homer, leading Philadelphia to a 7-4 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.
Rollins got hit No. 2,235 off Edwin Jackson, sending a 3-1 pitch into right field to open the fifth. The game was then delayed for an on-field celebration.
“It was very cool,” said Rollins.
The 172-cm shortstop never let his stature deter him.
“That’s something my mom and dad taught me when I’m young,” he said. “(I’m) probably not going to be biggest guy, but that doesn’t mean you have to be weak, doesn’t mean you don’t have confidence. . . .”
Rollins made his debut with the Phillies on Sept. 17, 2000, and has played his entire career in Philadelphia.
Schmidt, a Phillies TV analyst for Sunday games, retrieved Rollins’ bat and greeted the 2007 NL MVP with a high-five and hug at first base. The entire Phillies team then came out from the dugout to offer congratulatory hugs and handshakes.
Rockies 5, Giants 4
In San Francisco, Brandon Barnes hit a two-run, inside-the-park home run in the ninth inning and Colorado rallied for the second straight day to stun the Giants.
Cardinals 4, Nationals 1
In St. Louis, Matt Adams hit the go-ahead home run for the second straight game, connecting off Stephen Strasburg in the Cardinals’ three-run seventh inning.
Pirates 8, Marlins 6
In Miami, Andrew McCutchen hit a three-run homer and Jody Mercer also went deep for Pittsburgh.
Padres 5, Mets 0
In New York, Jesse Hahn earned his first big league victory, pitching one-hit ball for six innings and contributing an RBI single.
Dodgers 6, Diamondbacks 4
In Los Angeles, Dan Haren pitched into the seventh inning and hit a tiebreaking three-run double to lead the Dodgers.
Brewers 4, Reds 2
In Milwaukee, Ryan Braun belted a two-run home run in the eighth inning.
Indians 3, Red Sox 2
In Boston, Jason Kipnis had three hits and Cleveland rallied for two runs in the seventh inning.
Astros 7, Rays 3
In Houston, Matt Dominguez broke out of a slump with two hits, including a double.
Royals 9, White Sox 1
In Chicago, Danny Duffy matched a career high with nine strikeouts and Kansas City extended its winning streak to six games.
The Royals’ Norichika Aoki went 1-for-5.
Tigers 12, Twins 9
In Detroit, rookie Eugenio Suarez hit a leadoff homer and a run-scoring double in a seven-run third inning.
Orioles 3, Blue Jays 2
In Baltimore, Chris Davis homered to back Bud Norris’ effective pitching for the Orioles.
Athletics 5, Yankees 1
In Oakland, Eric Sogard drove in two runs and threw out a runner at the plate, and the Athletics beat New York.
Ichiro Suzuki was 0-for-2 with a walk in the loss. Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda (4-5) pitched 4⅔ innings. He allowed four runs on five hits, walked three and struck out three.
Rangers 4, Mariners 3
In Seattle, Leonys Martin hit a run-scoring single with two outs in the ninth.
Angels 11, Braves 6 (13)
In Atlanta, Kole Calhoun’s bases-loaded single in the 13th drove in the go-ahead run.