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NLCS: GAME 4

For Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, eight was enough to match another milestone.

With a two-run homer in the first inning Monday, Howard made it eight games played this postseason and eight games with an RBI. That extended his record for a single postseason and matched Lou Gehrig's overall major-league record, which spanned the 1928 and 1932 World Series.

Two others had seven-game streaks over multiple postseasons, Pittsburgh's Clyde Barnhart (1925-27) and the Yankees' Bill Skowron (1958-60).

"Ryan has been swinging real good, of course," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He's seeing the ball good, he looks real relaxed at the plate, and from a mechanics standpoint, he's loading up good and he's staying on the ball. When he's staying on the ball, he makes more consistent contact. He's hitting real good right now."

Howard earned a few other notations, tying Mike Schmidt for most postseason homers in Phillies history with six and extending his team postseason RBI record to 24 (in 25 games) while also extending his postseason hitting streak to eight games and his on-base streak to 17 games.

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