Chase Utley added two more homers to his World Series total, tying Reggie Jackson's record with five, while Cliff Lee notched his fourth win of the postseason, as the Phillies staved off elimination, winning 8-6.
Beerleaguer: A victory set in motion by the short-rested A.J. Burnett, who couldn't make any of his pitches and was gone after two-plus innings. But you have to hand it to Utley, who, in addition to the home runs, played a very sharp game overall. And for the second time this series, it's Utley and Lee - competitors cut from the same cloth - who deserve the lion's share of credit for keeping the Phillies on point. These are not players who are anxious for this thing to end and have demonstrated exactly the type of effort it's going to take to win this series. Meanwhile, the relentless Bombers, who had more comeback wins than any team in baseball this season, showed why you cannot let up for a moment; with the score 8-2 in the seventh, they brought the tying run to the plate twice in the ninth. Johnny Damon ... what the hell? Uncle. Ryan Howard could ghost write Damon's memoirs with the amount of time he's spent at first base.
Truthfully, the Yankees, up 3-1, had no real reason to be at the razor's edge, and it showed; Jorge Posada's at bat after the non-time call was a perfect example of that blase attitude. Yet that same, nothing-to-lose approach by the Yankees nearly bit the Phillies in a tense finish.
Moral of the story: Phillies live to fight another day. Fans get more great baseball. Utley, Raul Ibanez and others showed plenty of life in their bats. More tomorrow ...