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Phillies Short Hops: Game 4

Phillies Short Hops: Game 4

Fielding the Phillies' Game 4, 7-5 win over the Dodgers on a short hop ...

In < 25 words ...
Shane Victorino and Matt Stairs came through with clutch, two-run homers in the eighth to lift Philadelphia to a come-from-behind victory.

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Frozen moment
Stairs' first career postseason home run came at exactly the right time for the Phillies. The 40-year-old came up as a pinch-hitter in the eighth and smacked a long fly ball off Dodgers hurler Jonathan Broxton into the right-field seats. It was the first home run Broxton allowed since May 31, and it allowed the Phils to take a two-run lead that they would not relinquish.

Big number
4 -- The Phillies' four-run eighth inning proved to be the difference in the game.

Game balls

Shane Victorino

The Phils' center fielder continued his stretch of clutch postseason hitting with a game-tying two-run homer in the eighth.

Matt Stairs

The veteran came off the bench to blast a two-run homer that gave Philly their eighth-inning lead.

Brad Lidge

The Phillies' closer was called upon early on Monday night, entering with two outs in the eighth inning to close out Philly's 7-5 win.

Sense of October
Throughout the 2008 season, manager Charlie Manuel has hesitated to bring in Lidge before the ninth. But with Manny Ramirez coming to the plate in the eighth, Manuel brought in Lidge, who battled through a tense inning before setting down the Dodgers in order in the ninth.

Lines of the Game

Matt Stairs
1 AB, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Comment: The line tells most of the story: Stairs came through with a pinch-hit, two-run homer that proved to be the difference in the game.

Brad Lidge
1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Comment: Lidge recorded his first four-out save since 2006.
"This was the biggest game we've won so far. But the next one is even bigger. That's kind of how we look at it."-- Manuel

Next step
The Phillies are one win away from their first World Series appearance since 1993. On Wednesday, they will have their ace, Cole Hamels, on the mound to try to close out the Dodgers.

Kevin Horan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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