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Phillies Sweep, Rays Stay Alive On Day 5 Of MLB Playoffs

Andrew Magne |
October 11, 2010 | 12:14 p.m. PDT

Staff Writer

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers

Game 4 recap: The Rays are heading back home for a Game 5 rematch with Cliff Lee after Sunday's 5-2 win over the Rangers.

Tampa Bay dropped the first two games of the series at Tropicana Field but is now tied 2-2 with Texas after heading to Arlington and returning the favor.

The Rays jumped out to a 5-0 lead in Game 4, then turned it over to their bullpen, which gave up just one hit in four innings of relief.

Evan Longoria and Carlos Pena scored two runs each and combined for three RBIs to lead the way offensively.

Key moment: Trailing 5-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Rangers had a chance to rally. With the bases loaded and two outs, Rays starter Wade Davis stopped that from happening by striking out Vladimir Guerrero to end the inning.

Game changer: Longoria provided an offensive spark for the Rays by going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and hit the following home run.

Play of the game: With two outs in the top of the fifth Longoria hit a two-run blast to put the Rays up 5-0.

Unsung hero(es): The Rays' bullpen pitched four great innings of relief. Randy Choate, Grant Balfour, Joaquin Benoit and Rafael Soriano combined to allow just one baserunner.

Quotes of the game:
“I kind of felt like Kirk Gibson going around the bases a little bit.” – Rays’ Longoria on running the bases with a limp

“Cliff Lee was made for this moment.” – Rangers’ Young on Lee starting Game 5

San Francisco Giants vs. Atlanta Braves

Game 3 recap: The Giants have Brooks Conrad to thank for their 3-2 victory in Game 3.

The Braves' second baseman made three errors, including two that led to runs, and cost Atlanta the game.

His last error proved to be the most costly.

After Eric Hinske put the Braves up 2-1 with a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth, Conrad booted a ball in the top of the ninth that allowed Freddy Sanchez to score the go ahead run for San Francisco.

The Giants now lead the series 2-1.

Key moment: It was a tie ballgame in the top of the ninth with two outs and runners on first and second. Peter Moylan got Rookie of the Year candidate Buster Posey to hit a grounder right to Conrad, but it went through his legs and allowed the Giants to score the eventual game-winning run.

Game changer: Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez pitched very well in his postseason debut, giving up just two hits and one run in 7 1/3 innings pitched and recording 11 strikeouts along the way.

Play of the game: Eric Hinske sent the home crowd into a frenzy when his two-run shot to right field put the Braves up 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth.

Unsung hero: With the Giants down to their final strike, Freddy Sanchez battled back from an 0-2 count in the top of the 9th to keep the game alive with a single up the middle. Sanchez eventually scored the game-winning run.

Quotes of the game:
“I wish I could just dig a hole and sleep in it.” – Braves’ Conrad

“I thought he would make the play. I wouldn’t wish that on anybody.” – Giants’ Posey on Conrad’s final error

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Cincinnati Reds

Game 3 recap: Cole Hamels did his best Roy Halladay impression Sunday, leading the Phillies to a 2-0 victory and a three-game sweep of the Reds.

Hamels had a complete game shutout, striking out nine and allowing just five hits. It wasn’t a no-hitter, but the Phillies will take it.

Philadelphia scored on an error in the first inning, then took a two-run lead in the fifth thanks to a solo shot from Chase Utley.

Starter Johnny Cueto surrendured just one earned run for the Reds, but Cincinnati's bats were silent once again. They only managed to score a total of four runs in three games.

Key moment: The Reds had a chance to win the game in the ninth inning. Brandon Phillips led off with a single, but Joey Votto grounded into a double play and Scott Rolen struck out to end the game.

Game changer: Hamels. (See above.)

Play of the game: Orlando Cabrera’s throwing error in the first inning allowed Placido Polanco to score. Cabrera's error turned out the be the difference in the game.

Unsung hero: Charlie Manuel for sticking with Hamels in the ninth and letting him get the job done.

Quotes of the game: “We know what we’re trying to do here. We’ve got two more celebrations.” – Phillies’ Jayson Werth

“I didn’t get the job done. That’s not a series I wanted to have, period.” – Reds’ Rolen


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