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Stayin’ Alive

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.

The Phillies got a little cushion from Jayson Werth, whose solo home run in the top of the ninth made it a 4-2 game. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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.



Giant Walk-Off For Uribe

Roy Oswalt’s offering appeared to hit Juan Uribe in the hand. But home plate umpire Wally Bell said it hit the handle of the bat, extending Uribe’s at-bat. A couple pitches later and he hit a sacrifice fly to left, winning the game for the Giants, 6-5.

With Oswalt pitching the ninth in a tie-game situation, the Giants too advantage of the right-hander, who was pitching on two days rest.

Giants short stop Juan Uribe celebrates after hitting a sacrifice fly deep enough to score Aubrey Huff from third to give the Giants a 6-5 win and 3-1 lead in the NLDS. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

With one out, Aubrey Huff singled just out of the reach of a diving Ryan Howard. Buster Posey then ripped a double into right field to put Huff on third. Uribe, sore left wrist and all, followed with the clutch sacrifice fly to score Huff.

San Francisco and Philadelphia had their number-four’s going in this game and both didn’t get through the fifth inning. Both starters went 4 2/3 innings pitched while giving up three runs. Madison Bumgarner struck out six and Joe Blanton sat down three.

The Giants got on the board in the first inning with an RBI single by Buster Posey, who had himself a fantastic game. Posey went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and made a great defensive play in the fifth inning when he blocked the plate to keep Carlos Ruiz from scoring.

San Fran then made it 2-o in the third inning when again Posey came up with an RBI hit, this one a double to deep center field.

But the Phillies erupted on Bumgarner, getting four runs in the fourth thanks to an RBI single by Shane Victorino, an RBI double by Placido Polanco, and a wild pitch with the bases juiced and two outs. After the hit batter and runners on second and third, Jimmy Rollins swung at ball four to end the threat.

San Fran got a run back in the fifth thanks to an RBI single by Huff. Pablo Sandoval’s two-run double in the sixth gave the Giants a 5-4 lead before Howard and Jayson Werth hit back-to-back doubles in the eighth to tie the game at five.

It’s bad enough the Phillies have to overcome a 3-1 deficit. What makes it even harder is now the Phils have to beat Tim Lincecum in San Francisco, take the series back to Philadelphia, and beat Jonathan Sanchez and Matt Cain.

2B: Polanco (2), Howard (3), Werth (1).

WP: B. Wilson. LP: Oswalt.