Despite a 46-hour suspension, the Phillies won Game 5 using timely hitting and shutdown pitching to secure the World Series.
After the Rays tied the score at 3, Pat Burrell snapped an 0-for-13 skid with a leadoff double in the seventh inning. Pinch-runner Eric Bruntlett scored the go-ahead run.
2 -- Number of leadoff doubles produced by the Phillies' bats -- in the sixth and seventh innings. Both runners scored, erasing Philadelphia's early struggles with runners in scoring position.
Game ballsJayson Werth
Werth reached base in four of his five plate appearances, and went 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored.
The lefty allowed just five hits and two runs before the suspended game caused an early exit after six innings. Hamels may have fell short of his fifth postseason victory, but he gave the Phillies the kind of starting performance they needed, holding the Rays to one run through the first five innings and notching three strikeouts.
His two-out single in the first inning plated two runs for the Phillies. Victorino had another key at-bat in the seventh, moving pinch-runner Bruntlett over to third base on a groundout to the right side of the infield.
Sense of October
Despite the heavy rain and gusting winds, there wasn't an empty seat in the house for the game's first half at Citizens Bank Park. A sold-out crowd weathered the less-than-favorable conditions, proving to be true Phillies faithful until the contest was suspended midway through the sixth.
4 AB, 2 H, 1 RBI
Comment: Feliz's one-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning plated Bruntlett for the go-ahead run.
1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H
Comment: Romero entered with two outs in the seventh inning and negated a leadoff hit in the eighth when he got B.J. Upton to ground into a double play.
"This is so incredible. I'm so happy to be here. ... These fans are amazing and my teammates are the best in the world." -- Lidge, on FOX after closing Game 5
Brittany Ghiroli is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less