10/26/08 2:07 AM ET
Phillies Short Hops: Game 3
Rollins, Howard break through as Phillies claim wild finish
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
A wild pitch and wild throw sent Eric Bruntlett from first to third, setting up the walk-off win in a wacky ninth inning.
Back-to-back home runs from Chase Utley and Ryan Howard in the sixth inning extended the Phillies' cushion to 4-1. The pair of solo shots -- which came after midnight ET on Sunday morning -- ignited the sellout crowd at Citizens Bank Park.
1 -- Number of hits by the Phillies' offense after starter Matt Garza exited after six innings. Fortunately for Philadelphia, that lone single was by Carlos Ruiz, plating Bruntlett for the win.
Game ballsJamie Moyer
Moyer proved on Saturday night that age and speed have no bearing on the diamond. The 45-year-old soft-tossing lefty went a strong 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs off five hits. He exited with resounding applause, giving a hat tip to home-plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth and the Philly faithful. Jimmy Rollins
The Phillies' leadoff man snapped a 0-for-10 streak with a hit to open the bottom of the first inning. He added a hit in the third inning and finished 2-for-4 with a run scored.
His sixth-inning solo shot was reminiscent of the Howard of old, a very good thing for Phillies fans. It was the slugger's lone hit of the game, as Howard went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Sense of October
Phillies fans made it no secret of their dislike for their opponent. A capacity crowd at Citizens Bank Park greeted the Rays with loud boos and chanted "Eva" at third baseman Evan Longoria, ribbing the Rays rookie for his shared name with actress Eva Longoria.
4 AB, 2 H, 1 R
Comment: Rollins' bat came alive in a critical Game 3 and was the only Phillies starter to notch multiple hits off Rays starter Garza.
1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 K
Comment: Following B.J. Upton's run in the eighth, Romero entered the game and shut down the Rays' offense.
The Phillies will send right-hander Joe Blanton to the hill for Sunday night's Game 4. Blanton started once in each of the Phillies' series, winning in Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the Brewers and getting a no-decision in a five-inning start against the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series.
Brittany Ghiroli is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.