Jimmy Rollins popped up a ball shallow in the infield and jogged to first base Thursday, a sixth-inning play that should have blended into the fabric of an otherwise ho-hum game.

Instead, Mets pitcher Jon Niese bungled the easy out, dropping the ball to the turf, thus injecting a bit more controversy into the 2012 Phillies season.

It appeared Rollins easily could have taken second base if he had sprinted out the infield fly. He stole second to make up for the gaffe, but it was for naught. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel had seen enough. Rollins didn't advance further and was caught in a rundown.