Jonathan Papelbon looked a little like Roy Halladay as he bobbed and weaved his way through the ninth inning with a flaccid fastball and a bag full of off-speed trickery Saturday night.

Papelbon eventually put away the Atlanta Braves thanks to Jimmy Rollins who laid out and made one of the best plays of the season to help the Phillies hang on for a 5-4 win in Game No. 161.

“Heck of a play” manager Ryne Sandberg said. “Heck of a play. Outstanding.

“Knowing Jimmy he probably wanted to get the game over with there. He probably didn’t want to go into overtime. That was a heck of a play.”

Sandberg laughed as he said that.

There was no laughing at Papelbon’s locker. He was at his churlish best after allowing three runs in the ninth. But he managed to tip his cap to Rollins for saving his bacon.

“Pretty good” the prickly closer said. “Especially in that situation. Pretty good effort.”

Pretty good effort indeed. And pretty good execution.

Cesar Hernandez and Rollins the Phils’ No. 1 and 2 hitters in the penultimate game of the season combined for six hits and four runs as the Phils took a 5-1 lead into the ninth inning.

In a non-save situation Papelbon came into the four-run game. He allowed a pair of one-out singles before Justin Upton smacked a hanging breaking ball into the seats for a three-run homer. Papelbon then allowed another hit and a walk to bring .322-hitting Chris Johnson to the plate.

With the count 1-2 Johnson stroked a 90-mph fastball on the ground toward left field. Rollins got a good jump on the ball and made a diving play on the edge of the outfield grass. Rollins sprang to his feet and threw a one-hop strike across the diamond to get Johnson for the final out of the game.

Rollins had a fascinating take on the play. He said he decided to throw to first base only after seeing the third base coach hold Freddie Freeman. If the third base coach had waved Freeman Rollins said he would have thrown to third to try to catch him scampering back to the bag.

“Once the third base coach stopped the runner I literally thought I might as well throw it to first” Rollins said. “I wanted to make sure I didn’t throw it away so I bounced it.”

Even though the Phils long ago fell out of the race it was a nice win for them to get heading into the final day of the season.