Rollins homers to extend streak to 30

Rollins homers to extend streak to 30

CINCINNATI -- Jimmy Rollins wasted no time extending his career-high hitting streak to 30 games on Sunday, leading off the game with a home run.

Rollins went deep against Reds starter Randy Keisler to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead en route to a 6-3 victory.

"If I don't get a hit, but get a couple of walks and we win, I'm satisfied," Rollins said. "The most important thing is focusing on the win."

Rollins is the owner of the second-longest streak in team history, and is just one away from tying the 31-gamer by Ed Delahanty, set in 1899. Rollins can equal Delhanty's record on Monday night at Citizens Bank Park against the Mets.

The Phillies shortstop now has the Major Leagues' longest hitting streak of the season. He and Boston's Johnny Damon had held the previous mark of 29 games.

The last Major Leaguer with a 30-game hitting streak was the Cardinals' Albert Pujols, in 2003. Pujols' streak that year was halted by the Phils' Brett Myers.

Rollins has been especially hot during the past 16 games, hitting close to .500 with 11 doubles, two triples and two homers.

With all this recent success, does the All-Star feel like a special player?

"Not really," Rollins said. "I've been going out there and getting the job done. Right now, it's important that I do that, and I think that makes it easier to do that, because I have to. I don't have that luxury to sit back and worry about it."

Ken Mandel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.