SAN FRANCISCO — Juan Uribe, sore left wrist and all, made his mark on this NLCS in a matter of moments: a fine play with his glove, then one swing that put the Giants within one win of the World Series.
A champion with the White Sox in 2005, Uribe hit a game-ending sacrifice fly off reliever Roy Oswalt with one out in the ninth inning that lifted San Francisco over the Phillies 6-5 Wednesday night for a 3-1 lead in the NL Championship Series.
Former Ray Aubrey Huff singled with one out in the ninth and took third when Buster Posey singled for his fourth hit of the game. Uribe hit a medium-deep fly, leaving leftfielder Ben Francisco with no chance to get the sliding Huff.
"I got butterflies," winning pitcher Brian Wilson said. "I got anxiety. I got a mini-ulcer developing, but it's all worth it. We never lost focus."
Boosted by another big hit from Cody Ross and a timely double from Pablo Sandoval, the Giants pushed the two-time defending NL champion Phillies to the brink of elimination. Philadelphia will start Roy Halladay against Tim Lincecum tonight.
"We know what is at stake, but the game is the same. We have an opportunity to win a game" today, Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins said.
Going to Oswalt to begin the ninth backed manager Charlie Manuel's words that this was his club's biggest game yet this year. One of the majors' top starters and the NLCS Game 2 winner, Oswalt has made only a few relief appearances in the past several years, including a stint in the 2004 NLCS for the Astros.
Uribe entered at shortstop in the top of the ninth. He immediately picked up a hard one-hopper by pinch-hitter Ross Gload in the hole and made a strong throw while falling for the out.
After Freddy Sanchez lined out to right to start the bottom half, Huff and Posey singled. Rightfielder Jayson Werth made a sliding stop on the warning track to keep Huff from scoring.
Then came Uribe, 1-for-7 in the NLCS going in. On a 1-and-1 pitch, he claimed he got hit in the hand by Oswalt's fastball, but plate umpire Wally Bell said it was a foul.
Uribe wound up with the winner moments later, leaving the Giants one victory shy of reaching the World Series for the first time in eight years.
The Phillies' Joe Blanton hung tough in his first start in three weeks but was done after Huff's two-out single in the fifth.
Former Ray Pat Burrell drew a leadoff walk in the sixth and Ross followed with a double. Pedro Sandoval's liner off Chad Durbin was ruled foul by first-base umpire Jeff Nelson after rightfield umpire Ted Barrett jumped out of the way. Replays showed it was very close. Moments later, Sandoval made it moot with a two-run double for a 5-4 lead.