Score and situation: Yankees 8, Phillies 5 New York leads Series 2-1
Leading lads: He came in 0-for-8 with six strikeouts in the series, but Alex Rodriguez(notes) got on his centaur and drove a two-run home run to right field in the fourth to get the Yankees on the board. The play at first was ruled a double, but umpires changed the call after checking video replay. It hit a TV camera that actually stuck out over the field of play, but the ball's trajectory appeared to be over the fence.
Revved up by a 75-minute rain delay before the first pitch, Phillies fans were in full throat in hopes of seeing their idols take a step toward another championship, but the Yankees stayed calm despite falling behind in the second inning.
Head hangers: The Phillies cheese-staked Cole Hamels(notes) to a 3-0 lead in the second inning but he continued to struggle, allowing five runs in 4 1/3 innings. He has allowed 16 earned runs and 25 hits so far in 19 postseason innings, a far cry from his 2008 domination. If the Twitterverse is any indication, Phillies fans want the 2008 World Series MVP shelved until Clearwater.
Ryan Howard(notes) went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts — he had six straight overall at one point — and is batting .154 in the Series. Jayson Werth(notes), who clubbed two homers, is the only Phillies player producing.
Key stat: Of the past 10 times the World Series has been locked at 1-1, the Game 3 winner has won the title nine times. The exception: The 2003 Yankees, who fell to Florida.
What they're talking about: It took umpires about a minute to check the A-Rod replay and get back on the field for the next pitch.
What they're saying:
"It was much more like myself. The last couple nights, they made good pitches but I helped them out and chased some bad pitches off the plate. Tonight was a lot more disciplined and better results." — Alex Rodriguez.
What's next: CC Sabathia(notes), pitching with three days of rest, tries to help the Yankees take a commanding lead in Game 4 beginning at 8:20 ET. Right-hander Joe Blanton(notes) tries to get the Phillies even with Cliff Lee(notes) going in Game 5.