That wasn't the sound of fans singing Rauuuuuul! in the top of the 10th inning at Citizens Bank Park last night. No, those were actual boos, directed at onetime golden boy Scott Rolen.
Rolen, who had a messy breakup with the Phils seven years ago, helped lift the Toronto Blue Jays to an 8-3 win over his former team.
Rolen's RBI single off Clay Condrey broke a 3-3 tie in the 10th. The Jays scored four more runs in the inning and the Phils, who lead the National League East by three games over the New York Mets, fell to 13-17 at home and 1-3 for this homestand.
"I don't know that I've ever enjoyed the boos," said Rolen, who hears them every time he comes back to the place where he began his career. "It's not something that I really think about. I just try to focus on the nine innings - or 10."
Rolen's tiebreaking hit was a broken-bat blooper over second base. It was the third straight hit that Condrey gave up with one out in the inning.
Rolen was asked if he got any special satisfaction in beating his former team.
"I don't think about it in those terms," he said. "I was just trying to have a good at-bat. I just like coming back and seeing a lot people that I built relationships with over the years."
This was a game that the Phils let get away. They led by 3-2 in the top of the ninth, but Ryan Madson blew his first save since taking over as closer for the injured Brad Lidge.
Madson loaded the bases on two singles - a swinging bunt by Vernon Wells started the uprising - and an intentional walk.
With the bases loaded, Madson got the first out when he struck out Alex Rios on a 1-2 change-up. However, he went to a full count against Lyle Overbay and walked in the tying run.
Phillies relievers walked eight in the final four innings. Only one was intentional.
Four of the Phils' last six games have gone extra innings. Could the bullpen be tired?
"I don't think the workload has affected anything," said Condrey, who has been nursing a sore back and wore a large ice pack as he spoke with reporters after the game. "We've just got to make better pitches."
Said manager Charlie Manuel: "You walk a lot of guys - that's a sign they might be a little tired. But that's baseball. That's no excuse. If we're tired then we'll get rest and come back and get 'em. That's all I've got to say about that."
Toronto's rookie lefthander, Ricky Romero, struck out nine over seven innings and gave up just six hits. One of them was Jayson Werth's two-run homer in the sixth, which gave the Phils a 3-2 lead. It came one batter after Chase Utley drew a leadoff walk.
Werth has five RBIs in his last three games.
Starter Cole Hamels gave up just two runs but did not make it past the sixth as he ran his pitch count to 110.
"It's been a tough year," Hamels said. "I've had trouble getting past the sixth inning. Being a top-tier pitcher, I'm supposed to give the bullpen a break. I'm not living up to my caliber by not going deep into games."
Hamels allowed two runs in the fourth, sailed through the fifth, then hit trouble in the sixth. The Jays opened the frame with three singles, two of them infield hits, to load the bases. With his pitch count soaring, Hamels reached back and did his best pitching of the night, getting three straight outs to hold the Jays at bay.
J.C. Romero, with an assist from some bad baserunning by Rios, also pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth.
Madson played with bases-loaded fire in the ninth and got burned. Then Rolen put the Jays over the top in the 10th.