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The Phillies tied it in the sixth when Howard scored from third on Chan Ho Park's two-out wild pitch. Then, with Joe Beimel pitching and runners at first and third, right fielder Ethier made a diving catch of pinch-hitter So Taguchi's blooper to end the inning.
Jimmy Rollins singled off Derek Lowe to start the game, took third on Jayson Werth's hit-and-run single and scored when Utley doubled on an 0-2 pitch. Werth came home on Howard's infield out to make it 2-0, and Burrell walked before Victorino grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Furcal bunted for a base hit on Blanton's first pitch in the bottom half, popping the ball over the head of charging third baseman Greg Dobbs. Furcal would later score when James Loney doubled on an 0-2 pitch.
Both pitchers settled down after the first, although neither worked a perfect inning until Blanton set the Dodgers down in the fourth.
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.
Notes: Orel Hershiser, one of the Dodgers' stars in the 1988 World Series, threw out the ceremonial first pitch, to son Jordan. The elder Hershiser, who recently turned 50, won the NL Cy Young Award before being selected MVP of the NLCS and World Series 20 years ago. The Dodgers hadn't won a postseason series since then until this year. ... Ramirez, who entered with 14 hits in 25 lifetime at-bats against Blanton, extended his record streak of getting at least one RBI in league championship series games to eight. He has 29 RBIs in LCS games in his career to rank second all-time, four behind Bernie Williams.
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