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Game 5 1/2 live: Phils look to finish clinch

PHILADELPHIA -- We've set the stage in our post a couple hours ago. Now that the Obama infomercial is over (couldn't he have done that another night?), it's time to see if the Phillies can snap this 2-2 tie and send the City of Brotherly Love into a frenzy with their first World Series title since 1980 and just their second in 126 seasons. We're starting in the bottom of the sixth. Live updates to come here.

---Mike Harrington

The celebration continues: It was one wet clubhouse after Lidge gave up a single in the ninth but struck out pinch-hitter Eric Hinske for the final out. He finishes 48 for 48, the Phillies get a 4-3 win that clinches their first title since '80.

Three outs to go: Price pitches a hitless eighth with one walk and Lidge is on.

Mid-8th: The Rays are in a pickle now as the Phillies are three outs away. They're down, 4-3, after an Upton DP ball erased Crawford's leadoff single. And you know Brad Lidge is coming in for the ninth, looking to go a combined 48-for-48 on the season. David Price in to pitch the 8th for Tampa Bay

End-7th: The Phillies go back in front, 4-3, on Feliz's RBI single. Burrell led off with a long double to deep center that he admired too much (should have been on third). Bruntlett pinch-ran for him and went to third on Victorino's groundout. Feliz then made the Rays 0 for 2 in infield-in situations tonight with his single to the left of second base.  Now that they have the lead, let's see if the Phillies go to Brad Lidge at some point in the eighth rather than waiting until the ninth.

Top-7th: There goes Hamels' win. Baldelli smokes a high fastball from Madson deep into the stands in left to tie the game at 3-3.  The Rays had the go-ahead run nailed at the plate as Bartlett was caught trying to score from second on Iwamura's single to behind the bag. Nice fake throw by Utley before he fired home.  We've been playing 27 minutes and it's time for "Take Me Out to the Ballgame". Bizarre.

Bot-6th: The Rays take the field. Yes, the visitors. And they got crushed with boos. Geoff Jenkins pinch-hits for Cole Hamels and takes a ball at 8:40 with the temp at a frosty 34 degrees. In six minutes, the Phillies have the run to break the tie. Jenkins doubled deep to right-center on a 3-2 pitch, went to third on a Rollins sacrifice and scored on Werth's single, a looper hit behind second base to short center field that Iwamura couldn't corral with his back to the plate. Perfectly placed ball with the infield in. An easy play with them at regular depth. J.P. Howell gets the Rays out of the inning, retiring Howard with Werth at second. Joe Maddon got us all by using Howell instead of David Price.

Ryan Madson on to pitch for the Phils. Just remembered: If the Rays don't tie it up Hamels could get his record fifth win.

8:28 p.m.: No national anthem tonight. But a local petty officer were was scheduled for Monday just started us off with "God Bless America". We'll have the normal "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in the seventh-inning stretch -- or just six outs from now! Gotta give it up to the fans here and probably to the Phillies' ticket office.

The place is packed. Some people wondered if there'd be 10,000 empty seats since many people come in from out of town. Nope. They apparently got the stubs needed for re-admission into hands of people that can use them. There's a buzz and energy in the place like it's a normal Series game. The white towels are waving like crazy.

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