Cliff Lee didn't have his best stuff, but still gave the Phillies seven-plus innings before running out of gas in the eighth. Lee allowed five earned runs, but Chase Utley provided two home runs to help the Phillies offense make up for Lee's off night.
After Lee allowed a first inning run, Utley provided the first spark in the bottom of the first with a three-run home run as the Phillies took the lead back and were on their way.
Utley would launch a solo home run in the seventh off Phil Coke, giving him five home runs in the series and tying him with Reggie Jackson for the most home runs ever in a World Series. Later in the seventh, Raul Ibanez hit a solo home run and the Phillies had what seemed to be a commanding 8-2 lead.
When the Yankees started pounding on Lee in the eighth, Chan Ho Park came on to pitch and threw a perfect inning to hold off the Yankees who had cut the lead to 8-5.
Rather than go to Brad Lidge in the ninth, manager Charlie Manuel went to Ryan Madson, who worked into a little trouble in the ninth, but got a double-play ground ball to record the first two outs, even though a run scored on the play. From there, Madson was able to finish off the Yankees as the Phillies held on for an 8-6 win and renewed life in the World Series.
Yankees starter A.J. Burnett was pitching on three days rest and didn't have the same movement on his pitches that he did in game two, when he shut down the Phillies offense. Burnett lasted just two innings and allowed six earned runs.
After a night off, game six will be played at Yankees Stadium on Wednesday night. The Phillies will go with Pedro Martinez on full rest, while the Yankees stick to their three-man rotation and will throw veteran Andy Pettitte.
Even though the Phillies won, there was an issue in the clubhouse when pitchers Brett Myers and Cole Hamels got into a mild scuffle. Reportedly, Myers asked Hamels; "what are you doing here? I thought you quit." For obvious reasons, Hamels took exception to the question and responded with some harsh words of his own before cooler heads prevailed.
Myers was referring to Hamels comment after game three when he said; "I can't wait for it [the season] to end. It's been mentally draining. At year end, you just can't wait for a fresh start."