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Philadelphia Phillies beat San Francisco Giants 4-2 to extend NLCS

Raul Ibanez, right, beats Pablo Sandoval to third in the Phils’ three-run third. Sandoval had fielded Roy Halladay’s bunt.

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Raul Ibanez, right, beats Pablo Sandoval to third in the Phils’ three-run third. Sandoval had fielded Roy Halladay’s bunt.

SAN FRANCISCO — Roy Halladay got the win despite a groin pull, outdueling Tim Lincecum and keeping the Phillies alive in the National League Championship Series with a 4-2 victory over the Giants in Thursday's Game 5.

"We don't do anything easy," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "Believe me, under no illusion did we think this was going to be easy playing a great club."

San Francisco leads the series 3-2 and has two chances to win one game in Philadelphia and reach the World Series.

"Obviously we wanted to shut it down here in front of the home crowd," Lincecum said. "You have to take advantage of the opportunities you get. Saturday's another day.

"From our perspective, we see ourselves more in the driver's seat than them, more in control, It's up to us."

Halladay improved to 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA in three postseason starts this year, doing it despite an injury.

"Second inning … he had a mild groin pull, his right groin," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

"Of course, he stayed in there. He was determined he was going to stay in there."

Halladay hardly had no-hit stuff, but he had his edge. He stared down Pat Burrell after a called third strike to end the first, and Burrell jawed at Halladay while sprinkling in profanities.

Lincecum, the two-time reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, had beaten Halladay five days earlier. He had been 2-0 this postseason, and he pitched another solid game except for one rough inning, but the offense failed to back him.

Halladay labored at times and threw 108 pitches in six innings, far from the control and dominance he exhibited in no-hitting the Reds on Oct. 6.

Halladay allowed two runs and six hits, struck out five and walked two, including a walk to leadoff man Andres Torres in the first that led to a run on Buster Posey's RBI groundout.

Raul Ibanez also was back in leftfield for the Phillies after sitting out against a lefty starter Wednesday. He broke an 0 for 15 funk with a single to start a three-run third.

After Ibanez's hit, Lincecum hit Carlos Ruiz with a 0-and-2 pitch, the record-tying fourth time Ruiz has been hit this postseason.

"To get ahead of a batter like that and give him a free base definitely hurts," Lincecum said. "But you have to move on to the next batter."

Halladay then laid down a bunt that Posey picked up right near the plate. Posey threw to third, but Pablo Sandoval could not get back to the bag for the force. Halladay did not run, thinking it was a foul ball, and was easily thrown out at first.

"I don't know," Halladay said of the bunt. "It happened so quick."

Lincecum gave up a single to Chase Utley in the third, then retired the next 11 batters in order before Jimmy Rollins singled to start the seventh. Rollins then stole second and third, becoming the first to steal two bases in one inning of an NLCS game since New York's Roger Cedeno in Game 4 in 1999.

But Ross Gload, hitting for Halladay, lined to first, and Rollins was doubled off.

Philadelphia Phillies beat San Francisco Giants 4-2 to extend NLCS 10/21/10 [Last modified: Friday, October 22, 2010 12:49am]
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