Less than 24 hours after winning game three, the Philadelphia Phillies dominated the Tampa Bay Rays 10-2 to take a commanding 3-1 advantage in the Fall Classic.
Joe Blanton went six innings, allowing two earned runs, four hits, and struck out seven. Blanton also hit a solo shot to left field in the fifth inning, which happened to be his first career home run. It was the first home run by a pitcher in the World Series since 1974, and only the 15th WS homerun ever by a pitcher.
Ryan Howard, who had only one home run in a month, went yard twice in the game to pace Philly's offense. Philadelphia had a total of 12 hits as opposed to Tampa's four. The Phils improved to 6-0 at home this post-season.
Game five will be in Philadelphia tonight at 8 p.m. Scott Kazmir will face Cole Hamels in what could be the last game of the 2008 MLB season and the first world championship for the Phils in in 28 years.
If Tampa wins game five, the series will move back to the Trop in St. Petersburg, Fla. where the Rays must win out to take the series.