Philadelphia — They were one out from defeat. A moment later, Jimmy Rollins put the Fightin’ Phils within one win of the World Series.
Rollins lined a two-run double with two outs in the ninth inning off All-Star closer Jonathan Broxton and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied past the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-4, Monday night for a 3-1 lead in the NL championship series.
The defending champions can earn their second consecutive pennant with a victory at home in Game 5 on Wednesday night. Cole Hamels, last year’s NLCS and World Series MVP, will take the mound for the Phillies. Clayton Kershaw or Vicente Padilla will start for Los Angeles.
“This is big,” Rollins said. “The pressure’s all on them.”
Trailing, 4-3, the Phillies started their rally with one out in the ninth when pinch-hitter Matt Stairs walked on four pitches against Broxton. Stairs hit a two-run homer off Broxton in Game 4 of the NLCS last year.
Broxton then hit Carlos Ruiz with a pitch, but pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs hit a soft liner to third for the second out.
Rollins, just 3-for-18 in the series to that point, then ripped a 99 mph fastball to right-center and the ball rolled all the way to the wall. Andre Ethier’s throw toward the infield was high and off line, and Ruiz slid home without a play.
Rollins pointed in the air as he rounded second and got mobbed by teammates at third base.
“I’m all right. I had to curl up in the fetal position and throw some punches of my own,” Rollins cracked.