Phillies rally to stun Dodgers in 9th for 3-1 lead
They were one out from defeat. A moment later,
Rollins lined a two-run double with two outs in the ninth inning off All-Star closer
The defending champions can earn their second consecutive pennant with a victory at home in Game 5 on Wednesday night.
“This is big,” Rollins said. “The pressure’s all on them.”
Trailing 4-3, the
Broxton then hit
Rollins, just 3 for 18 in the series to that point, then ripped a 99 mph fastball to right-center and the ball rolled all the way to the wall.
Rollins pointed in the air as he rounded second and got mobbed by teammates at third base. Even
“I’m all right. I had to curl up in the fetal position and throw some punches of my own,” Rollins said.
Before Rollins’ hit,
“They’re a very tough lineup to go through,” Los Angeles manager Joe Torre said. “You try to be careful. He almost dug himself out.”
But Broxton couldn’t nail down the four-out save. Now the
Trailing 4-2 in the sixth, the
Wolf exited after walking Howard.
It was another brisk night – 48 degrees for the first pitch – at Citizens Bank Park. Bundled-up fans kept warm by waving their “Fightin’
They had plenty to cheer early when Howard ripped a 3-1 pitch to the seats in right, giving the
The streaking slugger has driven in a run in each of the
“I’m just going to go up there and keep throwing my bat at the ball,” Howard said.
Making his first start since he lasted just 3 2-3 innings in Game 1 of the division series against St. Louis, Wolf gave up three runs and four hits. The Wolf Pack – a group of fans who used to sit in the upper deck and cheer for Wolf when he pitched in Philadelphia – was in the crowd. Wolf left them tickets, knowing they would root for their beloved
Coming off the most lopsided victory – 11-0 – in their postseason history, the
Kemp, who started a two-run rally in the fourth by drawing a walk, put the
Shaky defense by Philadelphia helped the
Blanton retired his first 10 batters before running into trouble in the fourth.
Howard tied Mike Schmidt’s club record with his sixth career postseason homer. Howard has 14 RBIs this postseason and has reached base safely in 17 straight playoff games. … Wolf was an All-Star with the