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2011 Moments: #5 Howard propels Game 1 win

Ryan Howard watches his three-run homer leave the park in Game 1 of the NLDS on October 1, 2011. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

It was Kyle Lohse among all people.

And it didn’t take until the 6th inning before someone on the Phillies realized this. That person was Ryan Howard and his three-run homer in the 6th inning seemingly set the tone for the NLDS at the moment.

Lohse had a perfect game going through the first 10 batters while holding a 3-0 lead created by a three-run homer off the bat of Lance Berkman. But Chase Utley’s double that ended the hitless streak and Shane Victorino’s RBI single in the 4th gave the Phillies offense some life while cutting the Cardinals lead to 3-1.

The 6th inning marked end of Lohse’s night. After a pair of singles by Jimmy Rollins and Hunter Pence, the Big Piece stepped into the box and gave the Phils the 4-3 lead in a huge way.

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Doc, Phils overcome rough 1st inning; take Game 1

Phils slugger Ryan Howard reacts after his three-run homer gave the Phils a 4-3 lead. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

With one swing, Ryan Howard changed the game.

Kyle Lohse seemingly had the Phillies bats under control. That was, until the 6th inning when Lohse fell back to earth and lost all control of his first playoff appearance since giving up a grand slam in the 2007 NLDS as a Phillie against Colorado.

That all fell back on Lohse’ lap as the Phils took Game 1 of the NLDS with an 11-6 win.

Lohse was perfect through the first 10 batters he faced. It wasn’t until Chase Utley’s one-out double in the 4th that the Phillies figured out how to get to Lohse. Two batters later, they milked a run out of Lohse and cutting the Cardinals lead to 3-1.

Two innings later, and it was a whole different ball game. With one out and two men on, Howard gave the Phillies offense the jolt it needed. The crowd, sensing something big was about to happen, stood on its feet and waved the white rally towels handed out.

One pitch after another, Howard fouled off pitches he didn’t like. The 8th pitch, a change-up left belt high, was the pitch Howard liked.

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