Champion Phillies ring up a rally worth celebrating

The Associated PressApril 9, 2009 

First, they got their bling. Then, they got their first win.

Four Phillies walked with the bases loaded during an eight-run seventh inning and Philadelphia rallied for a 12-11 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.

Raul Ibanez hit a two-run homer, helping the defending World Series champions overcome a 10-3 deficit and avoid a three-game sweep on the day they received their shiny, new rings.

"We played 2 1/2 games where we hadn't done much right, but we came back and got them," manager Charlie Manuel said.

THANKS KID: Franklin Morales, a 23-year-old right-hander, pitched six sharp innings Wednesday as the Colorado Rockies defeated the Diamondbacks 9-2 to win a series against Arizona for the first time in two years. But as had been determined before the game, Morales was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs to make room for right-hander Jason Hammel, acquired Sunday in a trade with Tampa Bay.

NICE DEBUT: Koji Uehara, Baltimore's first Japanese-born pitcher, beat the Yankees in his major league debut, allowing one run over five innings as the O's won 7-5, their second straight win over New York.

POWER DISPLAY: Detroit's Miguel Cabrera, who led the AL in homers last season with 37, hit his first two of the season and Brandon Inge homered for the third straight game as the Tigers beat Toronto 5-1.

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