LOS ANGELES (AP) -
struck back with long balls rather than beanballs to move within one win of the World Series.
That's the way they've played it all year.
After ducking a pitch thrown over his head the previous day, Victorino and much-traveled pinch-hitter
delivered two-run homers in the eighth inning Monday night, lifting the Phillies to a 7-5 victory over the
Los Angeles Dodgers
for a 3-1 lead in the NL championship series.
, who won the series opener, can pitch the Phillies to their first World Series since 1993 in Game 5 on Wednesday night. He'll
be opposed by Game 2 loser
''This was the biggest game we've won so far,'' Philadelphia manager
said. ''But the next one is even bigger. That's kind of how we look at it.''
got his first four-out save for the Phillies, remaining perfect this season. It was the first time the visiting team has won
a game in 12 meetings between the clubs this year.
After squandering a pair of leads,
and the Dodgers have a tough task ahead. Only 11 teams in major league history have come back from 3-1 deficits to win a best-of-seven
postseason series - two in the NLCS.
There were no brushback pitches or other trouble Monday night, unlike Game 3 when the benches and bullpens emptied in the
third inning, moments after Dodgers starter
threw a pitch over Victorino's head in retaliation for Philadelphia's high-and-tight pitches earlier in the series.
Victorino was one of seven people fined Monday for their conduct during the near-scuffle.
With a runner at first and one out in the eighth, Victorino lined
's first pitch into the right-field bullpen to tie the game at 5.
''My emotions obviously kind of got to me last night,'' the plucky Victorino said. ''But going into today's game you turn
the page and you forget about it. It was just going out there, trying to get a win and getting one step closer to the World
Series. But it's still far from over.''
After a two-out single by
called on closer
, the seventh Los Angeles pitcher. Broxton tried to throw a 3-1 fastball past Stairs, and the 40-year-old left-handed hitter
drove it more than halfway up the right-field pavilion to put the Phillies ahead.
That was just what Stairs intended.
''My whole career, even back in the early days, my approach was try to hit the ball out of the ballpark,'' he said. ''And
it's something I enjoyed doing. In batting practice, I try to hit every ball out of the ballpark. I'm not going to lie, it's
fun. I try to hit home runs and that's it. I'm not going to hit a single and steal second base. So I think the biggest thing
is to get up there, swing hard and elevate.''
Broxton allowed only two homers in 69 innings during the regular season. This one was a no-doubter the moment it left Stairs'
''I fell behind in the count and made a mistake over the plate and he cashed in,'' Broxton said. ''He's a home run hitter.
You've got to wipe it out and get ready to play them again.''
Stairs has played for 11 teams in his career. Philadelphia picked him up from Toronto on Aug. 30.
The Phillies hit an NL-leading 214 homers during the regular season and have nine in eight playoff games, good for 17 of their
Lidge, the Phillies' sixth pitcher, earned his fifth postseason save in five chances - but it wasn't easy.
A perfect 41-for-41 in save opportunities during the regular season, Lidge entered a game in the eighth in a save situation
for the first time this year when he came in with two outs and nobody on. Ramirez greeted him with a double, and
struck out but reached first on a wild pitch before
Lidge retired the side in order in the ninth, making the Phillies 85-0 when leading after eight innings this year, including
six wins in the postseason.
''It's amazing,'' Lidge said. ''That speaks a lot about our hitters and how much they believe in themselves and the talent
they have to come back.''
Torre said he wouldn't have handled his bullpen any differently.
''We just didn't get the job done,'' he said. ''
's numbers against left-handed hitters this year have been really good. He threw a breaking ball and it stayed up and Shane
just knocked the hell out of it.''
Torre canceled the Dodgers' workout on Tuesday.
''These guys are fighting their hearts out, and just I told them to be back here on Wednesday to be ready to play baseball,''
he said. ''We have to win the remaining games. We can only do it one at a time. I sense we'll be back right here with the
The Dodgers scored twice in the sixth for a 5-3 lead.
, who struck out in his first two at-bats, greeted reliever
by hitting a 1-2 pitch over the left-field wall for his first postseason homer.
, making his first start of the postseason, followed with a double and pinch-hitter
relieved and first baseman
threw wildly past first on
's sacrifice bunt, allowing Pierre to score and putting runners at second and third.
lined to first and, after Ramirez drew his second intentional walk of the game to load the bases, second baseman
snared Martin's liner and turned it into a double play.
The Dodgers took a 3-2 lead in the fifth, scoring twice with Ramirez delivering a tying single. He is 7-for-8 with a homer
and seven RBIs with runners in scoring position during the playoffs.
The Phillies tied it in the sixth when Howard scored from third on
Chan Ho Park
's two-out wild pitch.
Lowe, pitching on three days' rest for the fifth time in his career, allowed six hits and two runs in five innings. Blanton
also went five innings, giving up seven hits and three runs.
, one of the Dodgers' stars in the 1988 World Series, threw out the ceremonial first pitch to son Jordan. ... Ramirez extended
his record streak of getting at least one RBI in league championship series games to eight. He reached base in all five plate
appearances on a single, double and three walks - two intentional.