Jimmy Rollins grabbed his shoes and socks and headed for the clubhouse exit. It was fireworks night at Citizens Bank Park and he didn't want to get caught in traffic. He was in too much of a rush to stop and chat with reporters.

As Rollins walked through the door he turned around long enough to offer a quick thought on the home run that he hit to help the Phillies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 8-3, on Monday night. It was a two-run shot off the facing of the second deck in the fourth inning and it came on a 3-0 pitch from Pittsburgh starter Jeff Karstens.

Three-oh.

Was Rollins swinging on his own?

"He gave me the green light," Rollins said of manager Charlie Manuel. "So I swung."