Rodriguez stood around the plate with hands on hips and stared at the Yankees dugout, and Everitt moved onto the grass to prevent any trouble from breaking out. Umpires met near the mound, Everitt issued warnings to both teams and fans chanted “you used steroids!” at A-Rod.
Rodriguez got more than even much later. The Yankees’ late burst hushed fans who had been festive from the start. Many of them had walked across the street after watching the Philadelphia Eagles rout the New York Giants 40-17.
“I think I made an adjustment after the first two games,” Rodriguez said. “What I was doing was very simple, I was expanding the strike zone, and that’s something that I didn’t do against Minnesota or Anaheim. When I get good pitches to hit and I put a good swing on it, good things usually happen.”
Feliz rocked Chamberlain with a two-out, solo home run in the eighth that tied it at 4.
Utley homered again off CC Sabathia, finishing the New York starter in the seventh. It was Utley’s third shot off Sabathia in this Series and closed the Phillies to 4-3.
Down all evening, the Phillies kept scrapping. They eventually drew even on the home runs, a common sight at a park where the ball really flies.
Jeter put the Yankees ahead from the get-go, leading off the game with a single and scoring in a two-run first.
Ryan Howard barreled home to tie at 2 in the fourth. The big Phillies slugger braced for a collision with Posada and got a piece of the New York catcher — replays, however, appeared to show Howard never touched the plate, yet another missed call in a shaky postseason for umpires.
Howard kept struggling, leaving him 3 for 17 with 10 strikeouts. Rodriguez is only 2 for 14, but he could enjoy both hits because they did so much damage.
“We’ve been down this road before and we have to stay very focused. Those guys are the world champs,” Rodriguez said.
Notes: Rivera set a record for pitchers with his 23rd Series appearance, passing Whitey Ford. ... Yankees CF Melky Cabrera hurt his left hamstring running out a grounder to end the sixth. Brett Gardner replaced him. ... Rodriguez and Max Carey (Pittsburgh, 1925) are the only players hit by pitches three times in a Series.
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