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|Rollins Double Gives Phillies 3-1 NLCS Lead Against Los Angeles
|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 Monday night 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 hit.
After an off day, Philadelphia's Cole Hamels and the Dodgers' Vicente Padilla are the probable Game 5 starters Wednesday night in Philadelphia.
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