PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Philadelphia Phillies have moved within
one victory from returning to the World Series for the second
straight year by rallying with two runs in the bottom of the ninth
to shock the L.A. Dodgers 5-4 for a 3-1 series lead in the National
League Championship Series.
Jimmy Rollins was the Phillies hero. He delivered a two-out,
two-run double off Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton for the walkoff
winner for the defending World Series champs.
With one out, pinch-hitter Matt Stairs started the rally with a
walk. Carlos Ruiz was hit with a pitch. After Broxton got the
second out, Rollins hit a line-drive double in the right-center gap
that sent the crowd at Citizens Bank Park into delirium.
Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer in the first inning off Dodgers
starter Randy Wolf and tied Lou Gehrig's Major League record of
eight straight postseason games with at least one RBI. Gehrig drove
in runs in eight consecutive games for the New York Yankees during
the 1928 and 1932 World Series.
Joe Blanton retired his first 10 batters but the Dodgers rallied
with two runs in the fourth and single runs in the fifth and sixth.
Kemp hit his homer to center over the 401-foot sign for a 3-2 lead
in the fifth. Casey Blake made it 4-2 with a run-scoring single in
the sixth. Philadelphia cut it to 4-3 on Chase Utley's RBI single
in the sixth.
The Dodgers bullpen got out trouble in the sixth and eighth
innings before Rollins climaxed the ninth inning rally with his big
After an off day, Philadelphia's Cole Hamels and the Dodgers'
Vicente Padilla are the probable game 5 starters Wednesday night in Philadelphia.