curled up to protect himself in the pile and took some playful punches from his teammates.
One more win and the Fightin' Phils will have another World Series trip to celebrate.
Rollins lined a two-run double with two outs in the ninth inning off All-Star closer
rallied past the
Los Angeles Dodgers
5-4 Monday night for a 3-1 lead in the NL championship series.
The defending champions can earn their second consecutive pennant with a victory at home in Game 5 on Wednesday night.
, last year's NLCS and World Series MVP, will take the mound for the Phillies.
will start for Los Angeles.
''This is big,'' Rollins said. ''The pressure's all on them.''
Trailing 4-3, the Phillies started their rally with one out in the ninth when pinch-hitter
walked on four pitches against Broxton. Stairs hit a two-run homer off Broxton in Game 4 of the NLCS last year at Dodger Stadium.
with a pitch, but pinch-hitter
looped a soft liner to third for the second out.
Rollins, just 3 for 18 in the series to that point, ripped a 99 mph fastball to right-center and the ball rolled to the wall.
's throw toward the infield was high and off line, and Ruiz slid home without a play.
Rollins pointed in the air as he rounded second and got mobbed by teammates at third base. Even
, who just had surgery on his lower abdomen, limped out and joined the celebration.
''I'm all right. I had to curl up in the fetal position and throw some punches of my own,'' Rollins said before taking a cream
pie in the face from a teammate.
It was the second thrilling ending to a playoff game Monday. Hours earlier,
hit an RBI double with two outs in the 11th inning to give the
Los Angeles Angels
a 5-4 victory over the
New York Yankees
in Game 3 of the AL championship series.
It was the sixth time two postseason games have ended in walk-off fashion on the same day, according to STATS LLC. The previous
time was Oct. 5, 2007, when Boston beat the Angels and Cleveland topped the Yankees in AL division series.
got two outs in the ninth to earn the win.
hit a two-run homer that gave him eight straight postseason games with at least one RBI, tying
's major league record set more than seven decades ago.
But J-Roll got the biggest hit for Philadelphia.
''He likes the moment,'' Phillies manager
said. ''He wants to be there, and he can control his adrenaline and he can handle the moment. The bigger the stage, the better
he likes to play.''
had a tiebreaking, solo homer for Los Angeles, and
made a shoestring catch that prevented the tying run from scoring in the sixth.
Before Rollins came through, Dodgers relievers hadn't allowed a hit in 3 1-3 innings.
''They're a very tough lineup to go through,'' manager
said. ''You try to be careful. He almost dug himself out.''
pitched 5 1-3 effective innings against his former team while his ''Wolf Pack'' fan club sat in seats he left for them - and
rooted against him.
struck out Howard with two runners on in the eighth and Broxton retired
on a fly ball to end the inning. At that point, Torre had made all the right moves one day after hearing criticism for starting
in Game 3. Torre let Sherrill face Howard, even though he was 0 for 10 against Broxton.
But Broxton couldn't nail down the four-out save. Now, the Dodgers are one loss from elimination.
''He put some good wood on it and it went to the wall,'' Broxton said. ''It was a good game, just let it get away in the ninth.''
Trailing 4-2 in the sixth, the Phillies got within a run on
's RBI single.
tripled into the left-field corner as Ramirez nonchalantly chased after it. Victorino scored on Utley's liner to right.
With two outs and runners at first and third,
greeted reliever Hong-Chih Kuo with a liner to left on his first pitch. But Ramirez, known more for loafing than sensational
grabs, saved the day - momentarily - for the Dodgers. Still, he was removed for defensive replacement
in the ninth.
It was another brisk night - 48 degrees for the first pitch - at Citizens Bank Park. Bundled-up fans kept warm by waving their
''Fightin' Phils!'' rally towels and screaming ''Beat LA! Beat LA!''
They had plenty to cheer early when Howard ripped a 3-1 pitch to the seats in right, giving the Phillies a 2-0 lead in the
first. Fans gave Howard a standing ovation and many chanted ''M-V-P!'' as he came out for the early curtain call.
The streaking slugger has driven in a run in each of the Phillies' eight playoff games this year. Gehrig's streak stretched
over two World Series with the Yankees in 1928 and 1932.
''I'm just going to go up there and keep throwing my bat at the ball,'' Howard said.
Making his first start since he lasted only 3 2-3 innings in Game 1 of the division series against St. Louis, Wolf gave up
three runs and four hits. The Wolf Pack - a group of fans who used to sit in the upper deck and cheer for Wolf when he pitched
in Philadelphia - was in the crowd. Wolf left them tickets, knowing they would root for their beloved Phillies.
allowed four runs - three earned - and six hits in six innings in his first postseason start after two relief appearances
against Colorado in the first round.
Coming off the most lopsided victory - 11-0 - in their postseason history, the Phillies jumped on the Dodgers in the first
for the second straight night. But Wolf settled in and Los Angeles chipped away.
Kemp, who started a two-run rally in the fourth by drawing a walk, put the Dodgers ahead 3-2 when he connected off Blanton
in the fifth.
Shaky defense by Philadelphia helped the Dodgers tack on a run in the sixth. Ramirez reached on third baseman
's throwing error, a ball that first baseman Howard could've scooped. With two outs,
looped an RBI single down the right-field line to give the Dodgers a 4-2 lead. Blake was 1 for 13 in the series before the
Blanton retired his first 10 batters before running into trouble in the fourth.
hit consecutive RBI singles to tie it at 2.
Notes: Howard tied
's club record with his sixth career postseason homer. Howard has 14 RBIs this postseason and has reached base safely in 17
straight playoff games. ... Wolf was an All-Star with the Phillies in 2003 and started the first game at Citizens Bank Park
in '04. ... Blake was 1 for 25 against Blanton before his RBI single.