PHILADELPHIA - 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 21/2 games where we hadn't done much right, but we came back and got them,' manager Charlie Manuel said.
Brian McCann and Jordan Schafer hit two-run homers for the Braves, and Javier Vazquez left with a seven-run lead after pitching six effective innings in his first start with his new team.
But the Phillies rallied against Atlanta's bullpen in the seventh. Eric O'Flaherty got one out before Chase Utley singled and Ryan Howard was hit by a pitch. Peter Moylan came in and walked Jayson Werth to load the bases. Ibanez and Pedro Feliz hit consecutive RBI singles to cut it to 10-5.
Then, three straight batters walked to force in runs. Moylan walked pinch-hitter Matt Stairs. Blaine Boyer (0-1) walked pinch-hitter Chris Coste and Jimmy Rollins. Jorge Campillo replaced Boyer and Shane Victorino singled in another run to get the Phillies to 10-9. Campillo then walked in Utley to force home the tying run.
Howard's slow grounder to first base brought in Rollins and gave the Phillies their first lead of the season, 11-10.
'This club, we never feel like we're out of a game,' Ibanez said. 'We certainly felt we can come back if we put good at-bats together.'
Pinch-hitter Eric Bruntlett's sacrifice fly in the eighth provided an important insurance run. Matt Diaz homered off Brad Lidge with one out in the ninth to get the Braves within a run, but Lidge retired the next two batters to end it.
'I've never seen anything like it,' Braves manager Bobby Cox said of the bullpen's meltdown. 'I've seen a couple walk-ins, but never like that.'
Clay Condrey (1-0) struck out the only batter he faced to earn the win. Ryan Madson retired the side in the eighth and Lidge earned his 52nd consecutive save, including seven in the postseason and three dating to 2007 with Houston.
During a lengthy pregame ceremony, the Phillies received their championship rings. They are made of 14-karat white gold featuring 103 diamonds totaling 3.84 carats.