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Rollins caps ninth-inning comeback, Phils up 3-1 on Dodgers in NLCS

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PHILADELPHIA -- Jimmy Rollins curled up to protect himself in the pile and took some playful punches from his teammates.

One more win and the Fightin' Phils will have another World Series trip to celebrate.

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Rollins lined a two-run double with two outs in the ninth inning off All-Star closer Jonathan Broxton and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4 Monday night for a 3-1 lead in the NL Championship Series.

The defending champions can earn their second consecutive pennant with a victory at home in Game 5 on Wednesday night. Cole Hamels, last year's NLCS and World Series MVP, will take the mound for the Phillies. Clayton Kershaw or Vicente Padilla will start for Los Angeles.

"This is big," Rollins said. "The pressure's all on them."

Trailing 4-3, the Phillies started their rally with one out in the ninth when pinch-hitter Matt Stairs walked on four pitches against Broxton. Stairs hit a two-run homer off Broxton in Game 4 of the NLCS last year at Dodger Stadium.

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Broxton hit Carlos Ruiz with a pitch, but pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs looped a soft liner to third for the second out.

Rollins, just 3 for 18 in the series to that point, ripped a 99 mph fastball to right-center and the ball rolled to the wall. Andre Ethier's throw toward the infield was high and off line, and Ruiz slid home without a play.

Rollins pointed in the air as he rounded second and was mobbed by teammates at third base. Even Jamie Moyer, who just had surgery on his lower abdomen, limped out and joined the celebration.

"I'm all right. I had to curl up in the fetal position and throw some punches of my own," Rollins said before taking a cream pie in the face from a teammate.

It was the second thrilling ending to a playoff game Monday. Hours earlier, Jeff Mathis hit an RBI double with two outs in the 11th inning to give the Los Angeles Angels a 5-4 victory over the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the ALCS.

It was the sixth time two postseason games have ended in walk-off fashion on the same day, according to STATS LLC. The previous time was Oct. 5, 2007, when Boston beat the Angels and Cleveland topped the Yankees in AL Division Series.

Brad Lidge recorded two outs in the ninth to earn the win. Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer that gave him eight consecutive postseason games with at least one RBI, tying Lou Gehrig's major league record set more than seven decades ago.

But J-Roll notched the biggest hit for Philadelphia.

"He likes the moment," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He wants to be there, and he can control his adrenaline and he can handle the moment. The bigger the stage, the better he likes to play."

Matt Kemp had a tiebreaking, solo homer for Los Angeles, and Manny Ramirez made a shoestring catch that prevented the tying run from scoring in the sixth.

Before Rollins came through, Dodgers relievers hadn't allowed a hit in 3 1/3 innings.

"They're a very tough lineup to go through," manager Joe Torre said. "You try to be careful. He almost dug himself out."

Dodgers starter Randy Wolf pitched 5 1/3 effective innings against his former team while his "Wolf Pack" fan club sat in seats he left for them -- and rooted against him.

George Sherrill struck out Howard with two runners on in the eighth and Broxton retired Jayson Werth on a fly ball to end the inning. At that point, Torre had made all the right moves one day after hearing criticism for starting Hiroki Kuroda in Game 3. Torre let Sherrill face Howard, even though he was 0 for 10 against Broxton.

But Broxton couldn't nail down the four-out save. Now, the Dodgers are one loss from elimination.

"He put some good wood on it and it went to the wall," Broxton said. "It was a good game, just let it get away in the ninth."

Trailing 4-2 in the sixth, the Phillies got within a run on Chase Utley's RBI single. Shane Victorino tripled into the left-field corner as Ramirez nonchalantly chased after it. Victorino scored on Utley's liner to right.

With two outs and runners at first and third, Raul Ibanez greeted reliever Hong-Chih Kuo with a liner to left on his first pitch. But Ramirez, known more for loafing than sensational grabs, saved the day -- momentarily -- for the Dodgers. Still, he was removed for defensive replacement Juan Pierre in the ninth.

It was another brisk night -- 48 degrees for the first pitch -- at Citizens Bank Park. Bundled-up fans kept warm by waving their "Fightin' Phils!" rally towels and screaming "Beat LA! Beat LA!"

They had plenty to cheer early when Howard ripped a 3-1 pitch to the seats in right, giving the Phillies a 2-0 lead in the first. Fans gave Howard a standing ovation and many chanted "M-V-P!" as he came out for the early curtain call.

The streaking slugger has driven in a run in each of the Phillies' eight playoff games this year. Gehrig's streak stretched over two World Series with the Yankees in 1928 and 1932.

"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 only 3 2/3 innings in Game 1 of the Division Series against St. Louis, Wolf surrendered 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 Phillies.

Philadelphia starter Joe Blanton yielded four runs -- three earned -- and six hits in six innings in his first postseason start after two relief appearances against Colorado in the first round.

Coming off the most lopsided victory -- 11-0 -- in their postseason history, the Phillies jumped on the Dodgers in the first for the second night in a row. But Wolf settled in and Los Angeles chipped away.

Kemp, who started a two-run rally in the fourth by drawing a walk, put the Dodgers ahead 3-2 when he connected off Blanton in the fifth.

Shaky defense by Philadelphia helped the Dodgers tack on a run in the sixth. Ramirez reached on third baseman Pedro Feliz's throwing error, a ball that first baseman Howard could've scooped. With two outs, Casey Blake looped an RBI single down the right-field line to give the Dodgers a 4-2 lead. Blake was 1 for 13 in the series before the hit.

Blanton retired his first 10 batters before running into trouble in the fourth. James Loney and Russell Martin hit consecutive RBI singles to tie it at 2.

Notes

  • Howard tied Mike Schmidt's club record with his sixth career postseason homer. Howard has 14 RBI this postseason and has reached base safely in 17 consecutive playoff games.
  • Wolf was an All-Star with the Phillies in 2003 and started the first game at Citizens Bank Park in '04.
  • Blake was 1 for 25 against Blanton before his RBI single.
 
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Players of the Game
Philadelphia

J. Rollins
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Los Angeles

M. Kemp
AB 4
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS5010000 .286
Matt Kemp, CF4211120 .200
Andre Ethier, RF4000112 .333
Manny Ramirez, LF4210010 .276
    Juan Pierre, LF0000000 .000
James Loney, 1B4021011 .308
Ronnie Belliard, 2B3010101 .308
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
Russell Martin, C3011112 .238
Casey Blake, 3B4011015 .192
Randy Wolf, P3000002 .000
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
    Hong-Chih Kuo, P0000000 .000
    George Sherrill, P0000000 .000
    Orlando Hudson, 2B1000000 .000
Totals3548447  
Batting
HR - Matt Kemp (2, Blanton)
RBI - Matt Kemp (3), James Loney (2), Russell Martin (3), Casey Blake (2)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Kemp (1), James Loney (1), Russell Martin (2), Casey Blake (1)
SB - Rafael Furcal (1, 2nd base off Lidge/Ruiz), Ronnie Belliard (1, 2nd base off Madson/Ruiz), Casey Blake (1, 2nd base off Blanton/Ruiz)
CS - Andre Ethier (1, 2nd base by Park/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 8
Los Angeles Dodgers
Randy Wolf 5.1433221 5.00
Ronald Belisario (H,2) 0.1000000 7.36
Hong-Chih Kuo (H,2) 1.1000010 0.00
George Sherrill (H,2) 0.2000110 9.00
Jonathan Broxton (BS,1; L,0-1) 1122100 4.05
HBP - Victorino (by George Sherrill), Ruiz (by Jonathan Broxton)
WP - George Sherrill (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 88-51, Ronald Belisario 2-2, Hong-Chih Kuo 15-10, George Sherrill 23-12, Jonathan Broxton 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 3-11, Ronald Belisario 1-0, Hong-Chih Kuo 1-2, George Sherrill 1-0, Jonathan Broxton 1-2
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 22, Ronald Belisario 1, Hong-Chih Kuo 4, George Sherrill 4, Jonathan Broxton 6
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5122000 .237
Shane Victorino, CF3110001 .344
Chase Utley, 2B3011101 .345
Ryan Howard, 1B3112122 .379
Jayson Werth, RF4000013 .214
Raul Ibanez, LF4000002 .222
Pedro Feliz, 3B3000010 .148
   a- Matt Stairs, PH0000100 .000
    Eric Bruntlett, PR0100000 .000
Carlos Ruiz, C2100100 .391
Joe Blanton, P2000001 .000
    Chan Ho Park, P0000000 .000
   b- Ben Francisco, PH1000000 .000
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
   c- Greg Dobbs, PH1000002 .000
Totals3155544  
a-walked for Feliz in the 9th
b-flied out for Park in the 7th
c-lined out for Lidge in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins (3, Broxton)
3B - Shane Victorino (1, Wolf)
HR - Ryan Howard (2, Wolf)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins 2 (3), Chase Utley (2), Ryan Howard 2 (14)
2-OUT RBI - Jimmy Rollins 2 (2), Ryan Howard 2 (6)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Pedro Feliz (1, Throwing)
Philadelphia Phillies
Joe Blanton 6643221 4.66
Chan Ho Park 1000110 7.71
Ryan Madson 1100120 5.40
Scott Eyre 0.1100000 3.86
Brad Lidge (W,1-0) 0.2000020 0.00
WP - Brad Lidge (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Blanton 105-69, Chan Ho Park 16-9, Ryan Madson 23-15, Scott Eyre 11-5, Brad Lidge 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Blanton 9-8, Chan Ho Park 1-0, Ryan Madson 1-0
Batters Faced - Joe Blanton 27, Chan Ho Park 3, Ryan Madson 5, Scott Eyre 2, Brad Lidge 2
Game Information
Attendance - 46157
Game Time - 3:44
Temperature - 48
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Randy Marsh