The Philadelphia Phillies staved off elimination in the National League Championship series with a 4-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday night.
The defending National League champions now trail the best-of-seven series 3-2, with games 6 and 7 scheduled for Philadelphia on Saturday and Sunday.
The Phillies were helped by a Giants error in the third inning that led to two runs and were inspired by their pitching ace Roy Halladay, who pitched six strong innings despite injuring his groin in the second. Read SI.com columnist Joe Posnanski on Halladay's gutty performance.
The Phillies and New York Yankees in the American League are both trying to accomplish the rare baseball feat of coming back from three-games-to-one deficits to win a series. If they both pull it off theyâ€™ll play a rematch of last yearâ€™s World Series that the Yankees won in six games.
The Yankees and Texas Rangers play game six of the American League Championship series Friday night. If the Rangers win they go to the World Series for the first time since they moved to Texas in 1972.