PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The first instant replay call in World Series history did more than turn a double into a home run. It changed the whole game for Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees.
Rodriguez's disputed shot started a big comeback and those
powerful Yankees bats finally broke loose, backing Andy Pettitte in
a rain-delayed 8-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on
Saturday night that gave New York a 2-1 Series lead.
After pitching dominated the first two games in the Bronx, the
Yankees and Phillies showed their muscle, combining for six home
runs. Jayson Werth connected twice for Philadelphia.
Rain affected the Series schedule in Philadelphia for the second
consecutive year, delaying the start by 1 hour, 20 minutes. Once
they hit the field in front of their boisterous fans, the Phillies
took a 3-0 lead - but it was squandered by a struggling Cole
Game 4 is Sunday night. Joe Blanton pitches against Yankees ace
CC Sabathia, who goes on three days' rest for the second time this
A slumping Nick Swisher and Hideki Matsui also went deep for New
York, and Johnny Damon hit a tiebreaking, two-run double.
Pettitte settled down after a shaky start and even helped
himself at the plate with a tying single. His six-inning outing was
enough to earn his 17th postseason win, extending his major league
Some fans were dressed in Phillies red - others in full costume
for the second-ever World Series game on Halloween. They whipped
around white rally towels, but their team just got whipped.
Carlos Ruiz of the Phillies homered in the ninth off Phil
Hughes. Mariano Rivera finished up at 12:42 a.m. in a non-save
With the Yankees down three runs, Mark Teixeira walked in the
fourth and Rodriguez hit an opposite-field drive deep into the
right-field corner. He cruised into second base with an apparent
double after the ball ricocheted back onto the field.
Video replays, however, showed the ball struck the lens of a
television camera positioned just above the fence at the 330-foot
sign. New York manager Joe Girardi came out to talk with
right-field umpire Jeff Nelson as Phillies pitching coach Rich
Dubee visited the mound.
While Rodriguez chatted with Ryan Howard of the Phillies at
second base, umpires huddled in the infield. Four of the six went
under the stands for a look at the replay and emerged about a
The signal: home run.
Rodriguez's first hit in nine World Series at-bats was his sixth
homer this postseason, tying Bernie Williams' club record from
1996. It also was the 17th postseason homer this year for the
Yankees, setting a franchise mark.
The call seemed to give the Yankees a boost and help them break
out of their Series slump - the team that led the majors in runs
(915) and homers (244) during the regular season scored only four
times in the first two games at home.
New York kept hitting in the fifth and chased Hamels. Swisher
opened with a double and slid home with the tying run when Pettitte
looped a one-out single to center on a first-pitch breaking ball.
It was Pettitte's third hit in 18 career postseason at-bats,
second in World Series play.
Who needs a designated hitter?
Then, the Fox broadcast caught Derek Jeter saying to plate
umpire Brian Gorman: "We're going to have to listen to Pettitte
now. He's been bragging about his hitting all year."
Yankees take Lead in World Series Over Phillies 8-5
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