MILWAUKEE – The Philadelphia Phillies found plenty of power to go with their pitching, right in time for the NL championship series.
Pat Burrell broke out of his slump in a big way with two homers, one a three-run shot, and Jimmy Rollins and Jayson Werth added solo homers Sunday to lead the Phillies to a 6-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers that clinched their first trip to the NLCS since 1993.
Overshadowed by the offensive barrage was a gem by Joe Blanton, who held the Brewers to one run after an eight-day layoff.
CHICAGO — Thanks to John Danks and the White Sox, Chicago still has one team standing.
Danks pitched another big game to save the season and well-traveled DeWayne Wise delivered a two-run double as the White Sox beat Tampa Bay 5-3 Sunday, trimming the Rays' lead in their AL playoff series to 2-1.
Game 4 in the best-of-five matchup is Monday in Chicago, with Gavin Floyd facing Tampa Bay's Andy Sonnanstine.
BOSTON — Francisco Rodriguez’s biggest save of a record-breaking season came in a tie game.
Rodriguez wriggled out of a bases-loaded jam in the 10th inning to save the Angels’ season, Mike Napoli hit two early homers before scoring the go-ahead run in the 12th and Los Angeles avoided another playoff sweep by beating the Boston Red Sox 5-4 on Sunday night in a game that lasted 5 hours, 19 minutes.
Boston had beaten the Angels in 11 consecutive AL playoff games, including three-game sweeps in 2004 and ‘07 en route to a pair of World Series titles. But the Angels chased Red Sox ace Josh Beckett early, then got six scoreless innings from five relievers to keep them in the game.
Jon Lester will face Los Angeles right-hander John Lackey in Game 4 on Monday night at Fenway Park, and if the Angels can win that one they would return home for the decisive fifth game on Wednesday.
“We’ve got to come back out here tomorrow and get after it again,” Napoli said. “We’re not done yet.”