The Philadelphia Phillies’ Chase Utley, center, is congratulated by Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino after hitting a three-run home run against New York Yankees starter A.J. Burnett during the first inning of Game 5 of the Major League Baseball World Series Monday in Philadelphia.AP PHOTO
The Philadelphia Phillies’ Shane Victorino is hit by a pitch from New York Yankees starting pitcher A.J. Burnett in the first inning of Game 5 of the World Series Monday.AP PHOTO
PHILADELPHIA - Don’t pop those champagne corks just yet, New York Yankees.
Chase Utley, Cliff Lee and the rest of the Philadelphia Phillies aren’t quite finished erupting in this World Series.
Utley began another two-homer night by unloading a monstrous three-run homer in the first inning before adding a solo shot in the seventh Monday, Lee limited the Yankees to four hits over six innings and the Phillies staved off World Series elimination by salvaging an 8-6 victory in Game 5 at Citizens Bank Park.
That sent the series back to New York for a 7:57 p.m. Wednesday, when the Phillies will try to even things at three games apiece by sending Pedro Martinez to face New York’s Andy Pettitte in Game 6.
Nobody wants to face Utley these days.
After Jimmy Rollins singled and Shane Victorino was hit by a pitch to open the Phillies first, Utley rocketed the first pitch he saw deep over the right field wall to give the Phillies a 3-1 lead.
“We play every team, every game, like it’s our last,” Utley said Sunday, after the Phillies fell behind the Yankees three games to one in the series with an 8-5 loss. “One game at a time.”
His solo shot in the seventh inning was the third homer in two nights for Utley, who joined Reggie Jackson as the only players in World Series history to hit five home runs in the same World Series.
“It’s pretty surreal,” Utley said. “I’m just glad we got the win. We’re going back to Yankee Stadium.”
Utley also became the first player since Willie Mays Aikens (for Kansas City in a 1980 World Series loss to the Phillies) with two multiple home run games.
“He’s got such a short swing,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi marveled of Utley. “He’s so short to the ball. He’s a very dangerous hitter.”
Utley began his torrid World Series by unloading two solo homers off Yankees ace C.C. Sabathia in the opener to help the Phillies to their first victory.
That game was also won by Lee.
The hard-throwing left-hander wasn’t as mesmerizing as he was during his first start against the Yankees, when Lee pitched a complete-game six-hitter while leading the Phillies to a 6-1 victory at the new Yankee Stadium last Wednesday. But Lee was effective Monday, beating the Yankees for the second time in the series by holding New York at bay while the Phillies built a six-run lead.
Things became interesting in the eighth inning when Johnny Damon trickled an infield single, Mark Teixeira followed with a double and a two-run double by Alex Rodriguez knocked Lee from the hill. And when Rodriguez rode home on a sacrifice fly, the Yankees were within 8-5.
But Chan Ho Park came out of the bullpen to hold the fort for the Phillies, then Ryan Madson survived a shaky ninth to finish the job despite allowing New York’s final run and the tying run to come to the plate twice.
Lee’s performance wasn’t predictable in the first inning when the Yankees quickly jumped on top while looking to clinch their 28th World Series title.
Damon, who scored the go-ahead run of Game 4, punched a single to center field and Rodriguez punched Philadelphia fans in the stomach by lacing an opposite-field RBI double into the right field corner to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead.
But just as a hopeful Citizens Bank crowd grew quiet, perhaps fearing the night would end in Yankee jubilation, Utley and the Phillies brought them right back to life in the bottom of the first. And the only other run Lee allowed came on Damon’s run-scoring grounder in the fifth.
“You gotta win it one game at a time,” Rollins said beforehand. “You can’t win three (at once). Gotta win one.”
So the Phillies did, taking a giant step in climbing their way back into the series.
Stymied by A.J. Burnett the last time they faced him in a 3-1 Game 2 loss, the Phillies finally made him pay.
“We really haven’t put a string of like five, six, seven hits together,” Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino said just before game time. “We haven’t been able to do that.
“We haven’t had that big hit.”
The Phillies found plenty of punch in Game 5, breaking out an eight-hit attack that really took charge in a three-run third inning that chased Burnett from the mound.
“Tonight, he just wasn’t able to get it going,” Girardi said of his big right-hander.
Utley and Ryan Howard began the frame by drawing walks, then Jayson Werth whistled a single to center field to score Utley. Howard rolled home when Raul Ibanez dumped a run-scoring single into right field, chasing Burnett.
New York Yankees
7:57 p.m., Wednesday, Fox