It's time for another champagne celebration in Philadelphia, as Jayson Werth's two home runs helped send the Phillies back to the World Series.
Werth earned the first Phillies curtain call of the night with his first-inning homer to right-center field. With Chase Utley and Ryan Howard on base from two-out walks, Werth made Dodgers starter Vicente Padilla pay for a full-count fastball, belt high, over the middle of the plate. The Phillies took a 3-1 lead and never looked back. Big number
25 -- Consecutive postseason games in which Chase Utley has reached base, tying a Major League record. Game balls
After his first-inning blast, Werth singled and scored a run in the fourth. Then, in the seventh, Werth went deep again, this time to left-center.
Victorino gave the Phillies' bullpen some breathing room in the sixth inning, launching a two-run home run down the left-field line. He was also hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the fifth, good for a painful RBI.
Durbin came in with two men on base during the fifth inning to face Manny Ramirez, who represented the potential tying run. He got Ramirez to hit a weak comebacker, then tossed a 1-2-3 sixth to get the ball to the Phillies' top setup men.
Sense of October
Dallas Green threw out the ceremonial pitch to Charlie Manuel -- who knelt behind home plate and framed it into the strike zone -- thus indelibly linking the Phillies' only World Series-winning managers.
4 AB, 3 H, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R
Comment: Werth finished the NLCS with just four hits. Three of them left the ballpark. Wednesday's three hits, two home runs, four RBIs and three runs were all postseason career highs.
4 1/3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, BB, 3 K, 3 HR
Comment: Instead of conjuring flashbacks of 2008, Hamels' performance was more typical of his rough 2009. He could not last long enough to get the win, even though the Phillies handed him six early runs. Manuel removed Hamels in the fifth, after the lefty allowed a home run -- his third of the night -- and a double with one out.
"This is great and all that, but we have four games to win." -- Werth
The Phillies have a week off to celebrate their second straight pennant. Then they'll travel to either Anaheim or New York for the World Series, which starts next Wednesday; the Yankees lead the Angels, 3-2, in the ALCS.
David Gurian-Peck is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less