Baseball: Phils Advance, Rays Force Game Five
Cole Hamels fired a complete-game, five-hitter as the Phillies blanked the Reds 2-0 at Great American Ball Park to sweep their National League Division Series. Hamels struck out nine without a walk, throwing 119 pitches in the victory. Jayson Werth scored on an error by Orlando Cabrera in the first inning and Chase Utley homered in the fifth to provide the offense for Philadelphia. The Phillies advanced to their third straight National League Championship Series, where they will face either the San Francisco Giants or the Atlanta Braves. The Giants lead that series two-games-to-one. Johnny Cueto was charged with both runs in five innings to take the tough-luck loss for the Reds, who were making their first playoff appearance since 1995.
Evan Longoria clubbed a two-run homer to back five strong frames from Wade Davis as the Rays forced a decisive Game Five with a 5-2 win over the Rangers in Game Four of the ALDS in Arlington. Davis fanned seven, giving up two runs on seven hits with a trio of walks to register the win. Rafael Soriano worked a 1-2-3 ninth to notch the save for Tampa Bay, which evened the best-of-five series at two games apiece. Matt Joyce, Carlos Pena and B.J. Upton each plated a run for the Rays. Nelson Cruz hit a solo home run and Mitch Moreland added an RBI double for Texas. Tommy Hunter allowed three runs, two earned, through four frames to absorb the loss. Texas ace Cliff Lee will be on the bump opposite Rays Cy Young candidate David Price in Tuesday’s finale. The winner will host the New York Yankees in Game One of the ALCS on Friday.