Jimmy Rollins felt the glove on his back and conceded the third out.
Not so fast. Rollins was never tagged.
Says who? Only the Colorado first baseman who made the phantom putout.
"I didn't tag him," Todd Helton said. "I tried to tag him."
Helton's swipe at Rollins never connected in a close play at first, but the Colorado Rockies got the call in a big spot during their 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.
"Jimmy said he felt something on his back," Phillies interim manager Ryne Sandberg said.
Replays showed the tag was never close to No. 11.
Third baseman Nolan Arenado made a fantastic backhanded stop and in-the-air throw to first to rob Rollins in the seventh inning. Rollins never argued the call by first base umpire Jim Wolf that stranded the potential tying runs, and Helton simply hustled off the field to sell the out.
"A game-saving play," Sandberg said.
Jonathan Herrera entered in the seventh with two runners on and two outs and Rollins at bat. Rollins then sent a hard grounder down the third base line that looked as if it was headed for extra bases.
Arenado backhanded the ball, his momentum carried him into foul territory and he whirled in the air to one-hop the throw toward Helton. Helton made a sweeping tag toward the slow-starting Rollins for the third out.
"It's right up there with the other 72," Arenado great plays, manager Walt Weiss said. "It's a game changer."
Arenado shifted toward the line after a tip from shortstop Troy Tulowitzki that Rollins would try to pull the ball.
"I made a good grab," Arenado said. "I think he was safe, if you watch the replay."
"It was a good act by Todd," Arenado said.
The Rockies used Arenado's play and a little pop to snap a three-game losing streak.
Tulowitzki and Wilin Rosario homered and Jorge De La Rosa (13-6) pitched into the seventh to win his third straight start. Dexter Fowler also drove in a run to help the Rockies jump out to a 5-0 lead.
Rafael Betancourt tossed a scoreless ninth for his 16th save.
Tyler Cloyd (2-3) allowed five runs in six innings in his first major league start since June 12. Recalled after Monday night's game, Cloyd was coming off consecutive complete games in the minors.
Against the Rockies, Cloyd was hit hard from the start.
Tulowitzki's second homer in two games was a two-run shot deep into the left-field seats. Phillies outfielder Dom Brown never moved as the ball soared high over his head.
"He looks a lot more ease at up there," Weiss said. "His timing looks really good."
Michael Cuddyer followed Tulowitzki's 22nd homer with a double. He moved up on a grounder and scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-0 in the first inning.