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DID MYERS WANT REDEMPTION? WELL ...

As much as RHP Brett Myers wanted to celebrate a World Series title in front of home fans, he allowed himself to think about personal redemption before Game 5 resumed Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park.

Myers - who would have started Game 6 - took the staff's only loss, that coming in Game 2.

"I'm not selfish, but I'd like to pitch again," he said before the game. "I feel like I'm the only guy that's got the loss in this series. But as for the team and the city, yeah, I want to finish it here. But if I get that opportunity then, yeah, I'm going to cherish (it) ... . Everybody wants to pitch again and wants to play again, but I'm not going to be selfish."

Out of the loop: Myers said it was probably for the best that manager Charlie Manuel kept from the players - as Joe Maddon did with the Rays - that Game 5 would be played to nine innings before the game Monday as the teams and MLB scrambled for scenarios to address impending rain.

"I guess it's probably better," he said. "I think if we knew about it, that would have taken away from what we really had to go out and accomplish."

New start: Closer Brad Lidge was traded to the team in November when his numbers flattened in Houston. He allowed one earned run in 91/3 innings this postseason.

"I felt like this year was going to be a real good year for myself no matter where I was," he said. "I got that feeling midway through last year. Although I didn't have the saves to show for it, I felt like I was going to come into this season with a full head of steam."

Lidge converted 41 saves with a 1.95 ERA in the regular season.

Step up:Geoff Jenkins batted .246 in the regular season and was 0-for-3 in the playoffs before leading off the bottom of the sixth with a double against Grant Balfour. He scored on a Jayson Werth blooper.

Faker: 2B Chase Utley saved a run in the top of the seventh when he gloved a roller up the middle by Akinori Iwamura, feigned a throw to first and threw home on a bounce to get Jason Bartlett.

Finally: Pat Burrell broke an 0-for-13 World Series slump with a double to lead off the bottom of the seventh.

Fast Facts

Sweet relief

The Phillies won the battle of the bullpens in this series:

Rays

W-L IP H ER HR BB K ERA

0-2 171/3 15 9 4 10 16 4.67

Phillies

W-L IP H ER HR BB K ERA

2-0 122/3 7 2 1 1 14 1.42

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