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PostSubject: Phils oust Dodgers, return to Fall Classic   Thu Oct 22, 2009 2:35 am

Phils oust Dodgers, return to Fall Classic
Werth hits two homers as Philly gets chance to defend title

By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com

10/21/09 11:48 PM ET

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PHILADELPHIA -- A little more than eight months ago, when the Phillies gathered for Spring Training in Florida, they talked about creating something special in Philadelphia.

They talked about creating a legacy.

They set their goal on becoming the first National League team to win back-to-back World Series since the 1975-76 Reds. They took a big step in that direction Wednesday when they clinched their second consecutive National League pennant with a 10-4 victory over the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phillies are going back to the World Series, where they hope to defend their title.

The Phils are the first National League team to play in back-to-back World Series since the 1995-96 Braves. The Braves won the '95 Fall Classic against the Indians, but lost in '96 to the Yankees.

It wasn't easy early in Game 5, and it wasn't quick. Left-hander Cole Hamels, who dazzled last postseason, lasted just 4 1/3 innings as he carries a 6.75 postseason ERA into the World Series. He allowed solo home runs to Andre Ethier in the first inning, James Loney in the second and pinch-hitter Orlando Hudson in the fifth.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel pulled Hamels with one out in the fifth after he allowed the one-out homer to Hudson and Rafael Furcal followed with a double.

But fortunately for Hamels, Dodgers right-hander Vicente Padilla struggled even more. He walked Chase Utley and Ryan Howard in the first and Jayson Werth hit a three-run home run to right field to give the Phils a 3-1 lead.

Pedro Feliz hit a solo homer to right in the second to make it 4-2.

Werth hit a leadoff single in the fourth, and Raul Ibanez doubled to right-center field to score him to give the Phillies a 5-2 lead in the fourth. Ramon Troncoso replaced Padilla and loaded the bases with a walk to Carlos Ruiz and a hit-by-pitch to Jimmy Rollins. George Sherrill took over and promptly hit Shane Victorino to force in a run to make it 6-2.

Victorino hit a two-run home run to left field to give the Phillies an 8-3 lead in the sixth. Werth hit a solo homer to left in the seventh to make it 9-3.

The seven home runs by the Phillies and Dodgers tied a nine-inning postseason record.

Since the Wild Card era began in 1995, four teams have returned to the World Series to defend their title. Two of those teams ('99 and '00 Yankees) won again to defend their crowns. The other two teams ('96 Braves and '01 Yankees) didn't defend their championships.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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