And the Phillies are going back home to. With the mantra, “one game at a time,” the Phils took game five and made it a 3-2 NLCS with a huge win Thursday night, 4-2.
Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum did battle again. But it was the three-run third inning for the Phils that put Lincecum behind and gave Halladay the lead to work with.
Doc went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits with a rare two-walk game while striking out five. Lincecum went seven, giving up three runs, two earned, on four hits and walk with seven strike outs.
Jayson Werth went yard in the ninth inning, his 13th career in the NL playoffs which is tied for the most all time with Albert Pujols, Chipper Jones, and Jim Edmonds. The solo shot that landed just over the right field wall made it a 4-2 game, giving Brad Lidge the cushion he needed for the save.
A defensive lapse for San Francisco led to the offensive surge in the third. Raul Ibanez led-off with a single, his first of a two-hit night. Carlos Ruiz followed up with getting in the way of a pitch to put two on.
After a sacrifice bunt by Halladay, Shane Victorino reached on an error by Aubrey Huff to score two and give the Phils the lead. Placido Polanco followed up with an RBI single to make it a 3-1 game.
San Francisco got a run back in the fourth when Pat Burrell and Cody Ross hit back-to-back doubles to make it 3-2. But that was as close as the Giants were going to get this game.
With the series heading back to Philadelphia, the Phillies will have Roy Oswalt on the hill to face Jonathan Sanchez, a rematch of game two. Sanchez got hit around a bit while Oswalt pitched eight spectacular innings. A repeat performance will force a game seven.
HR: Werth (2).
WP: Halladay. LP: Lincecum. S: Lidge.