HOWARD POWER: Phils Win Game 3


ASSOCIATED PRESS: Carlos Ruiz finished off a madcap ninth inning with an infield single with the bases loaded, and the Phillies outlasted the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 early Sunday in Game 3 of the World Series for a 2-1 lead. This was midnight madness and then some on a rainy night that pushed the start to 10:06 p.m. and it wrapped up at 1:47 a.m. Ruiz, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard homered for the Phils, but it took three kooky plays to win it on a bases-loaded trickler with no outs. It all came down to this: Rays reliever J.P. Howell hit Eric Bruntlett with a pitch to start the ninth. Enter Grant Balfour, who threw a wild pitch that caromed off the backstop to catcher Dioner Navarro, whose throw langoria_1.jpgtrying to get Bruntlett skipped into center field. With Bruntlett on third, the Rays issued two intentional walks. Ruiz followed with a nubber down the line and third baseman Evan Longoria charged. He dived for the ball, and rushed an underhanded flip home that sailed over Navarro’s head. MORE

GMAN NEWS:  In the top of the first, fans taunted Rays rookie star Evan Longoria with chants of “Eva!” a reference to the actress with the same last name. Longoria then struck out, ending the inning with a runner on first. The game had been scheduled to start at 8:35 p.m., but heavy rain was still falling at 9:20 p.m., when the grounds crew removed the tarp. When the Series last was in Philadelphia, in 1993, Game Three against Toronto began after a 72-minute rain delay. MORE

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