11/03/09 1:34 AM EST
Phillies Chase Series back to New York
Utley belts two homers, Lee notches win to force Game 6
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
"No one panics," Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins said. "Never have."
The Phillies had no need to panic. They had Cliff Lee on the mound and Chase Utley swinging a hot bat.
Lee went 3-0 with a 0.54 ERA in his first four starts this postseason, which was the lowest ERA of any pitcher in a single postseason with 30 or more innings. He had allowed just two earned runs in 33 1/3 innings. He had allowed just 20 hits and three walks and had struck out 30. Opponents had hit just .171 against him.
Utley was hitting .292 with four home runs and six RBIs this postseason.
Lee allowed two runs through his first seven innings before he found trouble in the eighth. Utley hit a three-run home run in the first to give the Phils a 3-0 lead and a solo home run in the seventh to make it 7-2, which proved to be big as the Yankees scored three runs in the eighth and another run in the ninth to give Phillies fans a few tense moments.
Lee, who allowed five runs in seven-plus innings, is 2-0 with a 2.81 ERA in two starts this World Series and 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA this postseason.
Does this make Utley Mr. November?"I don't think my command was as good as it has been," Lee said. "It was a little off. It was a game where I had to battle a little bit. As far as my availability [in a potential Game 7], I'm available."
Utley has five home runs this World Series, which ties him with Reggie Jackson for the most home runs in a single Fall Classic. Jackson hit five in the 1977 World Series, a performance that gave him the nickname Mr. October.
"He's just Superman, you know?" Rollins said. "He's flying high right now, so hopefully he keeps on."
Kings of the big fly
"At some point, not right now, maybe I'll look back on it and see what kind of special moment it is," Utley said. "But right now, our goal is to win two more games."
Lee allowed a run in the first inning to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead, but the Phils came right back. Yanks right-hander A.J. Burnett, who was pitching on three days' rest, allowed a leadoff single to Rollins. He then drilled Shane Victorino in the right index finger after he had squared to bunt.
Victorino remained in the game after meeting with head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan. He took X-rays in the third inning. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said X-rays were negative and Victorino had a bruise. Victorino said he is fine, although the finger had increased swelling as the game went on.
Burnett suddenly had runners on first and second with nobody out. He grooved the next pitch to Utley, a 93-mph fastball that he crushed to right field for a three-run home run.
It was Philadelphia's eighth homer of the World Series, but just the first with men on base.
It came at a big time.
Burnett continued to struggle. He walked Rollins in the second inning and walked Utley and Ryan Howard to lead off the third. Jayson Werth singled up the middle to score Utley to make it 4-1. Raul Ibanez followed with a single to right to score Howard for a 5-1 lead.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi had seen enough. Burnett had been 4-0 with a 2.33 ERA in four starts on short rest, but he did not have his mojo Monday. The Yankees have to be wondering what they might get from left-hander Andy Pettitte in Game 6, if they bring him back on short rest. Pettitte is 4-6 with a 4.15 ERA in 14 starts on short rest, although he has made just four starts on short rest since 2000.
They needed those runs. Lee had allowed just two runs through seven innings, when he found trouble in the eighth. He allowed a single to Johnny Damon, a double to Mark Teixeira and a double to Alex Rodriguez to make it 8-4. Manuel replaced Lee with Chan Ho Park. Rodriguez scored on a sacrifice fly to make it 8-5, but Park worked out of the inning without further incident.
Ryan Madson was the team's closer in the ninth after Brad Lidge suffered a tough loss in Game 4. Madson allowed a leadoff double and a single to put runners at the corners with nobody out, but got Derek Jeter to hit into a double play, which scored a run. After he allowed a single to Damon, he struck out Teixeira to end the game.
"I wanted to bring Madson in," Manuel said. " I wanted to see how he goes, and I kind of wanted to just give Lidge a break tonight if I could."
Manuel said Lidge could find himself in a save situation at Yankee Stadium.
The Phillies would like that. It would mean they would have a lead in the ninth inning in Game 6 or 7.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.