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Phillies win in the ninth

October 12, 2009|Associated Press

DENVER — Ryan Howard's sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning gave the Phillies a 6-5 victory over Colorado in Game 3 of the National League division series.

The Phillies took a two-games-to-one lead in the best-of-five series, with Game 4 today at Coors Field. Cliff Lee will face Ubaldo Jimenez in a rematch of Game 1, where Lee handcuffed the Rockies in a 5-1 win.

Carlos Ruiz had quieted the cold crowd with two RBI singles, staking the Phillies to a 5-4 lead, before Troy Tulowitzki tied it for the Rockies with a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Ruiz had an RBI single up the middle in the sixth. The catcher also added a two-out, RBI hit as part of a three-run fourth inning that chased Rockies starter Jason Hammel from the game.

The gametime temperature was 35 degrees at first pitch, tying the record for the coldest postseason baseball game on record. The mark is shared with Cleveland and Florida, who played Game 4 of the 1997 World Series in 35-degree weather as well.

Phillies reliever Scott Eyre left the game in the seventh inning after he appeared to turn his left ankle trying to field Dexter Fowler's bunt. That led to Tulowitzki's sacrifice fly.

The Phillies took advantage of Jose Contreras' inability to locate the strike zone in the sixth. Raul Ibanez and Pedro Feliz drew walks, setting the stage for Ruiz's RBI single.

Ruiz hit .355 for the Phillies over the final 24 games of the regular season.

Carlos Gonzalez hit a solo homer in the fourth -- tying the game at 4 -- while Garrett Atkins had an RBI single in the first to go with a run-scoring double in the third.

Both starters were out early in this frigid game.

Rookie J.A. Happ lasted three innings, giving up three runs and five hits. The lefty labored through a 35-pitch inning to start the game as the Rockies scored twice.

Hammel was cruising along until the Phillies strung together three singles and three walks in the fourth. Ryan Howard had an RBI single, while Ibanez walked to force in another run.

After Ruiz's two-out single to left, the Rockies pulled Hammel.

The righty went 3 2/3 innings and gave up four hits. Hammel gave up a solo homer to Chase Utley in the first inning.

The players were dressed in layers on this bone-chilling night, blowing on their hands to keep warm. Jimmy Rollins danced around at short. He also wore a cap underneath his hat to cover his ears.

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