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A Werth-while win for Phillies in Game 5

The Philadelphia Phillies stave off elimination with a 4-2 win over the San Francisco Giants and send the series back to Philadelphia for Game 6 on Saturday. With the New York Yankees also forcing a Game 6, this is the first time since 2004 that both League Championship Series have been extended to at least six games.

There’s something about Game 5s and the Phillies…

• This is their seventh straight Game 5 win, extending their own major-league record streak which dates back to 1993.

• They are 5-0 on the road in Game 5s, and their five-game win streak is now the second-longest in postseason history behind the Yankees’ eight-game streak from 1953-2001.

• The Phillies have now won Game 5 each of the last three times they have trailed 3-1 in a best-of-seven series.

Here’s what else you need to know about Game 5 of the NLCS:

Roy Halladay walked the first batter of the game – the first time he’s done that all season – but then settled down for his first career win at AT&T Park. In his two previous outings he had allowed 10 runs in 12 ⅓ innings.

Carlos Ruiz was hit by a pitch in the third inning, the fourth time he’s been hit by a pitch this postseason. That ties Miguel Cairo (2004) for the most times hit by a pitch in a single postseason.

Jayson Werth threw out Cody Ross at third base in the fourth inning for his fourth career assist as a rightfielder. He is now one shy of the major-league record shared by Bake McBride, Gary Sheffield, Nick Swisher, and Hall-of-Famer Ross Youngs.

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• Werth hit a 347-foot home run – his shortest of the season - in the ninth inning to extend the Phillies lead to 4-2. It was his 11th career postseason homer with the Fightins, passing Chase Utley for the most in team history. It was also his 13th career homer in the postseason, matching the record for most homers by an NL player all-time.

• The Elias Sports Bureau tell us that the Phillies are the seventh team to defeat a multiple-time Cy Young Award winner to avoid postseason elimination, and the first since the Cardinals beat Roger Clemens in 2004.

Tim Lincecum

LincecumTim Lincecum struck out seven batters in the loss and now has 29 strikeouts in three starts. Tha’s the second-most by a pitcher in his first three career postseason games, trailing only Bob Gibson with 31.

• Lincecum also became the first Giants starter to lose a postseason game in which he went at least seven innings while allowing two earned runs or fewer since Hall-of-Famer Juan Marichal against the Pirates in Game 3 of the 1971 NLCS.

• And one final gem from our friends at the Elias Sports Bureau: the Phillies are the first team to win a postseason game in which it led by one run at the end of the sixth inning, had its starter go at least six innings, and used four relievers to complete the victory.

Looking ahead to Game 6 on Saturday, the Phillies face an unprecedented task in trying to force a Game 7 and ultimately advance to their third straight World Series.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Philadelphia has never won a series in which it trailed three games to one, nor have the Phillies even forced a deciding seventh game after a 3-to-1 deficit. The Giants, on the other hand, are undefeated in best-of-seven series after taking a 3–1 lead. But this would be the first time they would have to win the series in six or seven games.