Phillies Outmuscle Dodgers to Take Game 1, 3-2

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 9, 2008 10:32 PM CDT
Philadelphia Phillies' Pat Burrell hits a home run off Los Angeles Dodgers' Derek Lowe (23) during the sixth inning.   (Rob Carr)
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(Newser) – Pat Burrell, Chase Utley, and the Philadelphia Phillies had more than enough power to offset Manny Ramirez in the NL championship series opener tonight. Utley and Burrell homered off Derek Lowe in the sixth inning to back a strong performance by Cole Hamels as the Phillies beat the Dodgers 3-2.

Ramirez put LA ahead with a long RBI double in the first, just missing a two-run homer. But the Phillies' big bats answered in the sixth. Burrell hit a go-ahead solo homer after Utley's two-run shot tied it in the sixth.