They came alive, and at the perfect time.
The Phillies scored plenty to defeat the Rays, 10-2, in game four of the World Series. With the win, the Phillies lead the series 3-1, and are now one win away from their second world championship.
A tight game became a blowout thanks to some heavy hits. Ryan Howard was the big star, knocking two surefire homers and driving in five. Jayson Werth added a homer in the eighth. And, yes, Joe Blanton hit his first career home run.
Blanton pitched superb. He went six innings, giving up just two runs and striking out seven. He located all his pitches, never ever getting into much trouble while making the Rays look dead on arrival. The bullpen cleaned it up without a dent, per usual.
As well, the albatross known as “hitting with runners in scoring position” was lifted, as Pedro Feliz sliced a two-out RBI single in the third inning. And anything leftover was thrown to the trash when Howard struck his first bomb, a three-run dinger. When that ball landed, the game was over. It was the fourth inning. Things are looking very clear now, Phillies fans — guess what: We’re on the verge of a world championship.
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