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Powerful Phillies slam Dodgers in Game 5, repeat as NL champions

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PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Howard and the defending champs are back in the World Series -- proving last year was no fluke and looking even more dangerous this time around.

Jayson Werth homered twice, Shane Victorino and Pedro Feliz also connected and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-4 in Game 5 on Wednesday night to win their second straight NL pennant.

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Brad Lidge closed it out, Howard was selected NL Championship Series MVP and the Phillies became the first team to reach consecutive World Series since the New York Yankees in 2000-01.

"I can get used to it," manager Charlie Manuel told a cheering crowd. "We got one more step and we're going to get it!"

Now, Jimmy Rollins and crew wait for their next opponent. They'll go for their third World Series title beginning next Wednesday night at New York or Los Angeles. The Yankees lead the Angels 3-1 in the ALCS, which resumes Thursday night at Angel Stadium.

Meanwhile, slugger Manny Ramirez, manager Joe Torre and the rest of the Dodgers go home after leading the NL with 95 wins in the regular season and sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals in the Division Series.

"They're confident, they're talented, and they're going where we all want to go right now -- the World Series," Torre said, praising the power-hitting Phillies.

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With a big night at the plate, Philadelphia overcame another shaky outing by 2008 NLCS and World Series MVP Cole Hamels. Los Angeles closed to 9-4 in the eighth, but Ryan Madson escaped a bases-loaded jam by striking out Russell Martin and retiring Casey Blake on a grounder.

After beating Tampa Bay in last year's World Series, the Phillies are trying to become the first repeat champions from the NL since the Cincinnati Reds in 1975-76. The Yankees were the last team to win consecutive titles when they captured three in a row from 1998-2000.

"We got one more step," Howard said. "Then we got action!"

Andre Ethier, James Loney and pinch-hitter Orlando Hudson hit solo homers for the Dodgers, who also lost to the Phillies in five games in last year's NLCS.

The teams combined to tie the record of seven homers in a postseason game. It was the fifth time that's happened.

"They were better than us," Ramirez said. "You saw what they were capable of doing."

Fireworks exploded over Citizens Bank Park after Victorino caught a fly ball for the final out. The NL East champions, who beat Colorado in four games in the opening round, met Lidge in the middle of the diamond to celebrate and began putting on hats with the stitched-in logo of "WS2009."

After trophy ceremonies on the field, players retreated to the clubhouse to spray champagne and celebrate. On the 29th anniversary of their first World Series title, the Phillies became the first NL team to win consecutive pennants since the Atlanta Braves did it 13 years ago.

"Big games call for big times," Werth said. "Hopefully, we can keep it going. We've got four more games to win."

Five pitchers tossed 4 2/3 strong innings in relief of an ineffective Hamels, who hasn't been the dominant ace he was last postseason. Chad Durbin earned the win by retiring all four batters he faced, including Ramirez representing the tying run in the fifth.

Lidge, who has bounced back from a rough season with a 0.00 ERA during the playoffs, worked a scoreless ninth.

"I always believed it was going to turn around," Lidge said. "One of the biggest things was I was starting to feel really healthy at the end of the season."

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Hamels allowed three runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings. Still, he got a standing ovation on his way to the dugout.

Vicente Padilla, the former Phillie who was excellent in his first two playoff starts, lasted just three-plus innings and gave up six runs.

Once considered the NL's laughingstock, the Phillies have been thinking dynasty since riding down Broad Street on flatbed trucks during the city's first championship parade in 25 years last October.

So what that they're the team of 10,000 losses? The sad-sack losers of the past are a distant memory in Philadelphia.

This will be Philadelphia's seventh trip to the World Series in 127 years. The Phillies beat Kansas City in 1980 and lost in 1915, 1950, 1983 and 1993. The Yankees swept Philadelphia in '50, winning the first three games of that series by one run.

Another sellout crowd implored their team to "Beat LA!" and waved their white-and-red rally towels, rocking Citizens Bank Park on a beautiful, 63-degree night. It was only 48 on Monday night.

Coming off a dramatic comeback win in Game 4, capped by Rollins' two-run double with two outs in the ninth, the Phillies got it going with two outs in the first. Chase Utley walked to reach safely for the 25th straight postseason game, tying Boog Powell's major league record.

Padilla wanted no part of Howard, who hit .333 with two homers and eight RBI in the series. He walked him on four pitches after firing three inside fastballs, hoping to make the big slugger a little uneasy.

Padilla then threw three straight balls to Werth. The fired-up crowd roared louder with every pitch out of the strike zone.

After taking two strikes, Werth sent a drive to the seats in right-center for a 3-1 lead. Fans gave Werth a curtain call and another standing ovation when he ran out to right field in the top of the second.

Werth's solo shot off Hong-Chih Kuo in the seventh gave him five homers this postseason and made it 9-3.

Ethier put the Dodgers up 1-0 in the first when he connected on a 1-2 fastball down the middle, sending it into the seats in right-center. Loney's shot in the second also came on a 1-2 pitch, cutting the deficit to 3-2.

Victorino hit a two-run shot to left off Game 1 starter Clayton Kershaw for an 8-3 lead in the sixth.

Notes

  • Dallas Green, manager of the 1980 Phillies championship team, threw out the first pitch to Manuel. Green got a big hug from Dodgers third-base coach Larry Bowa, the shortstop on the '80 team.
  • The Phillies are 2-2 against the Dodgers in the NLCS. Los Angeles won in 1977-78.
 
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Pedro Martinez douses Jayson Werth in champagne in celebration of a second straight NL pennant.  (AP)
Pedro Martinez douses Jayson Werth in champagne in celebration of a second straight NL pennant. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

J. Werth
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
Los Angeles

A. Ethier
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS5010010 .273
Ronnie Belliard, 2B4110100 .300
Andre Ethier, RF4121012 .355
Manny Ramirez, LF3010102 .281
Matt Kemp, CF4011021 .206
James Loney, 1B3111103 .310
Russell Martin, C4000014 .200
Casey Blake, 3B4000013 .167
Vicente Padilla, P1000000 .000
    Ramon Troncoso, P0000000 .000
    George Sherrill, P0000000 .000
   a- Orlando Hudson, PH1111000 .250
    Clayton Kershaw, P0000000 .000
   b- Juan Pierre, PH1000000 .000
    Hong-Chih Kuo, P0000000 .000
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
   c- Mark Loretta, PH1000010 .333
Totals3548437  
a-homered for Sherrill in the 5th
b-grounded out for Kershaw in the 7th
c-struck out for Belisario in the 9th
Batting
2B - Rafael Furcal (1, Hamels)
HR - Andre Ethier (3, Hamels), James Loney (2, Hamels), Orlando Hudson (1, Hamels)
RBI - Andre Ethier (6), Matt Kemp (4), James Loney (3), Orlando Hudson (1)
2-OUT RBI - Andre Ethier (5)
Team LOB - 7
Los Angeles Dodgers
Vicente Padilla (L,1-1) 3466232 3.63
Ramon Troncoso 0.2000100 0.00
George Sherrill 0.1000010 8.31
Clayton Kershaw 2122131 6.08
Hong-Chih Kuo 1111031 1.80
Ronald Belisario 1211000 7.71
HBP - Rollins (by Ramon Troncoso), Victorino (by George Sherrill), Rollins (by Clayton Kershaw)
WP - Ronald Belisario (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Vicente Padilla 55-34, Ramon Troncoso 19-8, George Sherrill 10-5, Clayton Kershaw 36-21, Hong-Chih Kuo 19-14, Ronald Belisario 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vicente Padilla 4-2, Ramon Troncoso 2-0, Clayton Kershaw 2-1, Ronald Belisario 1-2
Batters Faced - Vicente Padilla 15, Ramon Troncoso 4, George Sherrill 2, Clayton Kershaw 9, Hong-Chih Kuo 4, Ronald Belisario 5
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS3210010 .244
Shane Victorino, CF4123000 .361
Chase Utley, 2B4100134 .303
Ryan Howard, 1B2100210 .355
Jayson Werth, RF4334011 .281
Raul Ibanez, LF4111011 .226
Pedro Feliz, 3B4111022 .161
Carlos Ruiz, C3000100 .346
Cole Hamels, P1000010 .000
    J.A. Happ, P0000000 .000
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .000
   a- Miguel Cairo, PH1000000 .000
    Chan Ho Park, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
   b- Matt Stairs, PH1000000 .000
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
Totals311089410  
a-grounded out for Durbin in the 6th
b-popped out for Madson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Shane Victorino (2, Belisario), Raul Ibanez (2, Padilla)
HR - Shane Victorino (3, Kershaw), Jayson Werth 2 (5, Padilla, Kuo), Pedro Feliz (1, Padilla)
SH - Cole Hamels (2)
RBI - Shane Victorino 3 (7), Jayson Werth 4 (10), Raul Ibanez (9), Pedro Feliz (2)
2-OUT RBI - Shane Victorino 3 (3), Jayson Werth 3 (5)
Team LOB - 5
Philadelphia Phillies
Cole Hamels 4.1533133 6.75
J.A. Happ 0.1000100 7.36
Chad Durbin (W,2-0) 1.1000010 0.00
Chan Ho Park 1211010 8.10
Ryan Madson 1100110 4.50
Brad Lidge 1000010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 94-62, J.A. Happ 7-3, Chad Durbin 13-10, Chan Ho Park 19-13, Ryan Madson 23-15, Brad Lidge 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 5-5, Chad Durbin 3-0, Chan Ho Park 1-1, Ryan Madson 1-1
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 19, J.A. Happ 2, Chad Durbin 4, Chan Ho Park 5, Ryan Madson 5, Brad Lidge 3
Game Information
Attendance - 46214
Game Time - 3:40
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Randy Marsh, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman