PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Even their pitcher socked a ball into the
If Ryan Howard, the Philadelphia Phillies and their frustrated
fans needed any more evidence this really might be their year, Joe
Blanton gave it to them.
Blanton became the first pitcher in 34 years to homer in the
World Series, Howard drove in five runs with two homers and the
Phillies romped over the Tampa Bay Rays 10-2 on Sunday night to
move within one win of their first championship since 1980.
Jayson Werth also homered as the Phillies took a 3-1 lead in the
Cole Hamels will try to close out the Phillies' second Series
title on Monday night against Scott Kazmir in a rematch of Game 1
starters. Hamels (4-0) is trying to become the first pitcher to win
five postseason starts in one year.
Of the 42 teams to take 3-1 World Series leads, 36 have gone on
to win the crown.