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Late night at the World Series: Phils-Rays III

PHILADELPHIA -- After a night of heavy, heavy rain, we're playing in Citizens Bank Park. For you night owls, we'll have some updates here.

---Mike Harrington

The lineups

Rays: Iwamura, 2b; Upton, cf; Pena, 1b; Longoria, 3b; Crawford, lf; Navarro, c; Gross, rf; Bartlett, ss; Garza, p.

Phillies: Rollins, ss; Werth, rf; Utley, 2b; Howard, 1b; Burrell, lf; Victorino, cf; Feliz, 3b; Ruiz, c; Moyer, p.

It's over: At 1:47 a.m., the Phillies win it, 5-4, as Ruiz's infield single to third wins it with the bases loaded. The inning was set up by a Grant Balfour wild pitch and Navarro throwing error that allowed Bruntlett to go first to third as Victorino was up trying to sacrifice.

On the clock: It's now 1:21 a.m., meaning we've broken the record for the latest Series game (local time). The 14-inning Game Three struggle the White Sox won in 2005 in Houston ended at 1:20 CT (that was 2:20 in the East and we might get there too).

End-8th: How about extra innings? That's all we need at this point but it might happen because now we're tied at 4-4. Upton did the damage with an infield single and two stolen bases, scampering home from third as Ruiz's throw hopped into left field. Four runs for the Rays. None on hits. Smallball 101. The Rays have swiped four bags tonight, giving them an MLB-record of 22 in the postseason (the '75 Reds and '92 Braves had 20). Upton has tied the record with three in one game, last set by Lou Brock of St. Louis in 1968 against Detroit. Upton is the fourth player to do it but the first American Leaguer.

An unbelieveable note from on smallball: In Game Two, the Rays became the first team since the 1923 Giants to score two runs in an inning on groundouts in a World Series. They did again tonight in the seventh. Twice in three days after no times by anyone in 85 years. The Phillies, meanwhile, ran themselves out of the inning as Werth was picked off second by J.P. Howell. Um, where are you going in a tie game in the eighth inning?

7th-inning stretch: The  Rays claw back within 4-3 thanks to RBI groundouts by Gross and Bartlett. Two more runs on outs for Tampa Bay. Six of their last seven that way. Moyer was relieved during the inning and the Rays pinch-hit for Garza. The starters' lines -- Moyer 6 1/3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 96 pitches, 64 strikes; Garza 6-6-4-4-2-7..102-65

MoyerEnd-6th: We ink-wretched scribes love looking for turning points. But it's really not going to take a master's in journalism to figure it out tonight (which is good, since we'll be pretty fried by the time we finish this story in the 2 a.m. range). Longoria's ball to left stays in, knocked down by the wind and the chilly air, much to the relief of Moyer (right). Then the Phillies go back-to-back in the bottom of the inning, with no-doubt bombs to right by Utley and Howard -- who finally goes deep for the first time in the postseason. That makes it 4-1.

Mid-6th: Longoria juuuuuust misses a go-ahead two-run homer as his drive dies at the wall in left for the third out, allowing the Phils to keep their 2-1 lead and dropping Longoria to 0 for 11 in the series.

MLB provides us with some good tidbits: The 10:06 p.m. start (no surprise) is the latest is Series history and the 1:31 delay is the longest at the start of a game. ... The longest delay in Series history was 2:13, in the sixth inning of Game Six of the 1982 matchup between the Cardinals and Brewers in St. Louis. ... Ruiz's homer is just the third in Series play by a Panamanian, the first since Milwaukee's Ben Oglivie in Game 7 of '82.

Mid-5th: At the halfway mark, the Phils still lead, 2-1. Moyer had a streak of nine straight Rays retired end when Navarro led off with a single to left. The Phillies' 0-3 RSP in the first makes them 1-31 in the series. The Rays, meanwhile, have the oddball stat that shows four of their last five runs in the series were scored on outs.

RuizEnd-3rd: The Phillies lead it 2-1 as Ruiz belted a solo homer, left, with two out in the second. In the Tampa second, Crawford doubled, stole third and scored on Gross' sacrifice fly to right. Moyer has needed only 41 pitches to get through three. The temperature has really dropped here. It's going to be in the 40s by the time this baby is over. The forecasts are downright chilling for Game Five on Monday. Lows in the 35-degree range.

1st inning: The first pitch was at 10:06 p.m., a called strike from Moyer to Iwamura. Official rain delay: 1 hour, 31 minutes. Temperature has plummeted to 55 degrees. Crowd is still wildly enthusiastic (concession sales were good I guess, ahem!) and good luck finding an empty seat. They were even happier as Moyer got through a hitless frame, walking Carlos Pena. Philly fans taunted Evan Longoria with chants of "Eve-ah, Eve-ah". More creative than anything we heard in two days in St. Pete and it's only the first inning. The Phillies get a run in the bottom of the first on an Utley groundout but added another 0-3 in RSP situations, including a strikeout by Howard with Werth on third and one out.

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