The Dodgers’ usually solid bullpen couldn’t contain the Phils. George Sherrill, their fourth reliever of the game, gave up Ibanez’s homer on the first pitch, the first homer off him by a left-handed hitter this year. Howard and Jayson Werth drew consecutive walks to open the eighth.
“I was trying not to do too much, stroke a line drive,” Ibanez said. “Fortunately, I got it in the air and it carried out of the park.”
The Dodgers got two runs back in the bottom half on Martin’s RBI single and a sacrifice fly by Rafael Furcal. They had the tying runs at first and third with two outs, but Madson won a showdown when Ramirez grounded to third.
Kershaw retired five of the previous six batters he faced before the Phillies got to him. Ibanez led off with a single and took second on a wild pitch before Kershaw walked Pedro Feliz. Ruiz sent a 2-1 pitch into the “Mannywood” section in left field for a 3-1 lead.
Jimmy Rollins reached on a fielder’s choice, then advanced two bases on consecutive wild pitches. Chase Utley walked and Howard hit a two-run double, extending the Phillies’ lead to 5-1. Howard passed Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt with his 17th postseason RBI, most in Phillies’ history.
The Dodgers closed to 5-4 with three runs in the bottom half. Ramirez hit his first home run since Sept. 18, a drive into the left-field pavilion off Hamels. Martin, who led off with a double, scored on Andre Ethier’s grounder.
Ramirez’s RBIs gave him 78 in the postseason, putting him three away from breaking baseball’s career record of 80 by Bernie Williams.
Los Angeles threatened in the sixth, loading the bases on consecutive singles by Loney and Ronnie Belliard off Hamels and a two-out walk to pinch-hitter Jim Thome by J.A. Happ. But Happ retired Furcal on a grounder to end the inning.
Loney got his first RBI of this postseason when he drove Hamels’ 2-1 pitch just over the right-field fence leading off the second, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.
Notes: The Dodgers have lost Game 1 of the NLCS in each of their last three appearances. ... The last lefty to homer off Sherrill had been Pittsburgh’s Adam LaRoche on June 14, 2008.
HBT: Robinson Cano homered twice while David Phelps had the longest outing of his career as the Yankees topped the Blue Jays 7-2 this afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
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