PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Philadelphia Phillies are one victory away from their second World Series title in their 125-year history after they hit four home runs in a 10-2 win over Tampa Bay for a 3-1 series lead.
Joe Blanton became the first pitcher in 34 years to hit a homer in a World Series game when he connected in the fifth inning. Ryan Howard hit a three-run home run in the fourth and a two-run shot in the eighth. He has three homers in two nights. Jayson Werth added a two-run homer in the eighth.
Blanton is the first pitcher to hit a homer in a World Series since Ken Holtzman hit one for Oakland in 1974. Blanton was sharp on the mound, too. He allowed two hits on four hits in six innings while striking out seven in earning the win. Blanton and four relievers combined on a five-hitter.
The Phils scored a run in the first when Rays starter Andy Sonnanstine issued a bases-loaded walk to Pat Burrell. They added an unearned run in the third.
Both Tampa Bay runs came on home runs. Carl Crawford hit one in the second and Eric Hinske added a pinch-hit shot in the fifth.
The Phillies are 6-and-0 at Citizens Bank Park in this postseason.
They can close out the Rays Monday night. The Game 5 starters are Scott Kazmir for the Rays against 14-game winner Cole Hamels of the Phils. Hamels is 4-and-0 with a 1.55 ERA in this postseason.
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