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DODGERS' COMEBACK MAGIC EVENS NLCS

Andre Ethier's bases-loaded walk completes a rally that begins after a dominating Pedro Martinez leaves.

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES - A grounder off a fielder's glove. A bunt that slipped by two players. The Dodgers' latest postseason rally began in the weirdest, wackiest way.

Another error by Chase Utley, a pinch-hit single and two walks also were part of the Dodgers' eighth that produced a 2-1 Game 2 win over the Phillies on Friday that tied the National League Championship Series.

L.A. took the lead after the Phillies pulled Pedro Martinez, who pitched seven shutout innings. Andre Ethier drew a bases-loaded, two-out walk from J.A. Happ, capping the Dodgers' third comeback win of this postseason.

"We've been doing it all year, it seems like. We're relentless. We never give up," catcher Russell Martin said. "We go out there and compete, play through 27 outs. And whatever happens, happens. But we never keep our heads down."

Philadelphia used five relievers in the eighth but not Brad Lidge, whose three postseason saves include Game 1 Thursday.

And while Lidge sat, a visiting team let a late lead slip away at Dodger Stadium for the second time in this year's playoffs. In last week Game 2 of the division series, St. Louis leftfielder Matt Holliday's two-out error on an easy fly ball in the ninth doomed the Cardinals.

The Dodgers perfected their comebacks during the regular season, winning 12 games on walkoffs, third in the majors.

"I don't think it will have any lasting effect on us," Martinez said. "We didn't execute. We made errors. If we hit like we normally do, I don't think the game's going to end up 2-1."

The Phillies won the series opener 8-6, the teams combining for 22 hits and 10 walks. But before Los Angeles' rally, Ryan Howard's homer in the fourth accounted for the only run.

Casey Blake opened the eighth with a single off the outstretched glove of third baseman Pedro Feliz. Ronnie Belliard's bunt single got past Chan Ho Park and Howard at first.

"The bunt was a huge play; the fact that it got by Chan Ho and it got over in no man's land where Howard couldn't get to it," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "It seemed like we couldn't get out of the inning."

Martin followed with a grounder to Feliz, who made a good throw to Utley. But the four-time All-Star threw away the relay after making just four throwing errors in the regular season. He had a throwing error on Thursday during the Dodgers' three-run fifth inning. Friday, it allowed pinch-runner Juan Pierre to score the tying run from the second.

"I had plenty of time to turn it. I just didn't make the throw," Utley said. "A lot of things could have gone differently, not just that play. Chan Ho made a good pitch to get a ground ball, which was what we needed. But we couldn't turn it."

After Jim Thome's pinch-hit single off Scott Eyre, Rafael Furcal drew a walk from Ryan Madson that loaded the bases. Happ struck out Matt Kemp but walked Ethier.

Ethier led the Dodgers with a career-high 31 homers in the regular season, but he resisted his instincts with the bases loaded and a full count.

"Of course, you want to get the job done by swinging. But at the same time, don't be too aggressive and don't get yourself out," he said. "(Hitting coach Don Mattingly) has been preaching to me a lot that once the playoffs start, be patient, get your pitch to hit and see it. Donnie's voice was in my head the whole time, and I guess it came in handy there."

Dodgers 2

Phillies 1

NLCS Game 2

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