Phillies Survive, Force Game 6

Philadelphia jumps on Burnett early, holds off late threat
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2009 10:27 PM CST
Alex Rodriguez doubles off Philadelphia starter Cliff Lee to drive in two runs for New York in the eighth inning of tonight's Game 5.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Philadelphia Phillies kept their title defense alive tonight, jumping on New York Yankees starter AJ Burnett early then hanging on late for an 8-6 victory in Game 5 of the World Series. The Phillies trail 3-2 in the best-of-seven matchup, and head back to New York for Game 6 on Wednesday night.

Chase Utley’s three-run home run in the first set the tone against Burnett, who gave up six runs pitching on short rest. Philadelphia led 6-1 and 8-2 before the Yankees rallied for three runs in the eighth and another in the ninth. New York brought the tying run to the plate with two out, but Ryan Madson struck out Mark Teixeira to end it.