Behind a stellar start from Roy Oswalt and a clutch double from Jimmy Rollins, the Philadelphia Phillies evened up the National League Division Series, as they downed the San Francisco Giants, 6-1, to bounce back from their Game One loss.
Oswalt held the Giants in check over eight innings, as he struck out nine while allowing three hits and one earned run. He was dominant from the start and didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning, while never allowing more than two hitters to reach base in an inning.
His counterpart, Jonathan Sanchez, was not so lucky, despite only allowing two earned runs over his six-plus innings. He lacked command early on, as he ran up a high pitch count in the first inning thanks to three walks, one with the bases loaded that gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead.
After Cody Ross his a solo homer in the fifth to break up Roy Oswalt’s no-hitter, the Phillies came right back in the bottom of the frame to retake the lead behind a sacrifice fly from Placido Polanco.
It was all Phillies the rest of the way, as the offense sealed the win in the bottom of the eighth, thanks to a two-out, based loaded double from Jimmy Rollins to give the Phillies a 6-1 lead. Oswalt would also single to leadoff the inning, and would later come around to score on a single from Polanco.
The Phillies take their World Series hopes on the road to San Francisco, where they will send Cole Hamels (1-0, 0.00) to the mound to face off against Matt Cain (0-0, 0.00).
Roy Oswalt (W, 2-0) allowed one run on three hits in eight innings. He walked three and struck out nine.
Shane Victorino went 2 for 4 with a double (1) and a run.
Placido Polanco went 1 for 3 with a run and two RBIs.
Ryan Howard went 2 for 3 with a double (2) and two walks.
Jimmy Rollins went 2 for 3 with a double (1) and fours RBIs.
Jonathan Sanchez (L, o-1) allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits in six plus innings. He walked three and struck out seven.
Cody Ross went 1 for 3 with a homer (3) and an RBI.
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