Giants fail to put end to Phillies

Philadelphia's Jayson Werth hit an insurance run in the ninth inning of Thursday's 4-2 win, which forced Game 6.

SAN FRANCISCO --- Doc got the best of The Freak this time in a rematch of aces.


Roy Halladay pitched through a groin pull, outdueling Tim Lincecum and keeping the Philadelphia Phillies alive in the National League championship series with a 4-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday night.

Jayson Werth's solo homer in the ninth quieted the sellout crowd of 43,713, and many fans began making for the exits even before Philadelphia pulled to 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.

A bunt by Halladay that appeared to be foul helped spark a three-run third inning, when Shane Victorino drove in the first of two runs that scored on a fielding error by first baseman Aubrey Huff.

Placido Polanco followed with an RBI single, and the two-time reigning NL champions forced Game 6 back home Saturday. Former Augusta GreenJacket Jonathan Sanchez will start for the Giants against Roy Oswalt, who is 10-0 in 12 starts at Philadelphia this year.

After Ryan Madson struck out the Giants' 4-5-6 hitters in the eighth, Brad Lidge finished things off for the Phillies with a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save of the postseason.

Philadelphia will try to become the 12th team to rally from a 3-1 deficit in a best-of-seven series. The Red Sox were the last to do it in the 2007 American League championship series against Cleveland.

The Giants put the possible tying run in scoring position in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings but couldn't capitalize.

National League Championship Series

Giants 3, Phillies, 2

GAME 1: Giants 4, Phillies 3

GAME 2: Phillies 6, Giants 1

GAME 3: Giants 3, Phillies 0

GAME 4: Giants 6, Phillies 5

GAME 5: Phillies 4, Giants 2

SATURDAY: Giants (Sanchez 13-9) at Phillies (Oswalt 13-13), 3:57 p.m.

SUNDAY: Giants at Phillies, 7:57 p.m.*

* If necessary All games on Fox