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It's Home Sweet Home in Philadelphia.
(Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
After losing the first two games of the NLCS in the Dodger Stadium, the Phillies are back at home in Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

The whole universe must've conspired together for the defending World Series champions. Perhaps it was just Cliff Lee. And the Phillies.
Starting pitcher Cliff Lee was quick to retire three Dodgers with a strike out to the third man on plate in the top of the first inning.

The bottom of the first inning may have started with a fly out in the right field, but it was followed by successful hits and a rally of runs.  Ryan Howard started the rally with 2-run triple RBI that brought Shane Victorino, who hit a single, and Chase Utley, who hit a double, to the home plate.

As if that was not enough, Jayson Werth hit a 2-run homer off Hiroki Kuroda's 93 MPH fastball. The Phillies earned two more runs from Howard and Werth. As the right fielder  stepped on the plate, the Phillies were 4-0 on board.

Bottom of the second. Cliff Lee was out on a sacrifice bunt to advance Carlos Ruiz from second base to the third. After Jimmy Rollins  hit  double, Ruiz gave the Phillies another run. Joe Torre had to replace Hiroki Kuroda with Scott Elbert. It was two short but terrible innings for the Japanese starter.
The Phillies haven't ran out of luck yet. Scott Elbert gave them a back to back walk and caused Rollins to move to third base on a wild pitch to Chase Utley. Shane Victorino was on second base and Chase Utley on first.
With Ryan Howard grounded out on first, Rollins gave his team another run. The Phillies were leading with 6-0. With another run earned by the Phillies, Manager Torre was back in the mound for his third pitcher. Chad Billingsley replaced Elbert, and ended the inning with a strike out.

Cliff Lee kept dominating the mound with two strikeouts in the 3rd inning, one in the 4th, 5th and 6th, two in the 7th and 8th. A total of 10 stike outs including the third batter in first inning. He only gave up 3 hits, one for Belliard and two for Ramirez.

Chad Billingsley also struck out Phillies; he had Jayson Werth twice and Cliff Lee. the great The last two were both on the fifth inning. It was the same inning that the Phillies earned another runs, one from Raul Ibañez on Pedro Feliz' triple who also scored on Carlos Ruiz' line drive single in the right centre field.

The Dodgers were not able to make any runs, yet, and the Phillies were not yet done running to the home plate.

Shane Victorino, who was 1-3 (single, walk, strike out), homered on a fly ball to the right field. He scored the batterymen. Ruiz was walked earlier followed by Cliff Lee who hit a single on a ground ball in the centre field. They sealed 11 runs on board for the defending champions.

Five Dodgers pitched for the game giving up a total of 11 runs and 11 hits while the Phillies only had Cliff Lee and Chad Durbin. The closer had 3 up, 3 down. No chance for a run.
The NLCS Game 3 was for the Phillies. They won the Sunday night game with 11-0 on board. It was a no walk, no run game.

Cliff Lee earned 2-0 record, 0.74 ERA, and more fans this post-season.
The Phillies still lead the NLCS with 2-1, but anything can happen in Baseball. You just have to beLEEve.
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