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Philadelphia Phillies' Cliff Lee throws during the first inning of Game 5 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the New York Yankees Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Philadelphia Phillies' Cliff Lee throws during the first inning of Game 5 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the New York Yankees Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
New York Yankees' Phil Coke watches as Philadelphia Phillies' Chase Utley rounds the bases after Utley hit a home run during the seventh inning of Game 5 of the Major League Baseball World Series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) New York Yankees' Phil Coke watches as Philadelphia Phillies' Chase Utley rounds the bases after Utley hit a home run during the seventh inning of Game 5 of the Major League Baseball World Series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Chase Utley hit two home runs to raise his World Series total to a record-tying five as Philadelphia beat the New York Yankees 8-6 on Monday night to set up a Game 6 for the first time since 2003.

Utley hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the first inning off A.J. Burnett and added a solo shot in the seventh to join Reggie Jackson as the only players to hit five home runs in a single World Series.

Philadelphia closed to 3-2 in the best-of-seven Series by replicating its winning formula from the opener, when Utley hit two solo homers and Cliff Lee pitched a six-hitter.

Ahead 8-2, the Phillies watched New York score three times in the eighth inning and put its first two batters on in the ninth.

The next game will be played Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium, with New York's Andy Pettite going on short rest against Pedro Martinez. The Series hasn't gone this far since 2003.

"We had to do it," Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins said. "We didn't have a choice. It was either go home and watch football and college basketball or extend the season."

Utley said it was "pretty cool" to equal Reggie Jackson's record.

"It's pretty surreal," he said. "I'm glad we got the win tonight. We're going back to Yankee Stadium."

When Raul Ibanez added a second solo shot in the seventh off Phil Coke, the Phillies led 8-2.

Lee gave up a run-scoring single to Alex Rodriguez in the first inning but settled in until A-Rod chased him with a two-run double in the eighth. Robinson Cano drove in Rodriguez with a sacrifice fly that cut the deficit to 8-5, and New York gave Philadelphia a scare when Jorge Posada doubled and Hideki Matsui singled at the start of the ninth against Ryan Madson.

Jeter hit into the double play, Johnny Damon singled and Madson struck out the slumping Teixeira for the save.

"We have a lot of heart on this team," Utley said.

The Yankees, who have won the Series all eight previous times they took a 3-1 lead, will try to close out title No. 27 at home.

Pitching on short rest didn't work well for Burnett, who had been 4-0 previously in his career on three days' off and kept the Phillies off balance in Game 2. He kept falling behind batters and allowed six runs, four hits and four walks in two-plus innings, his shortest start since his first outing in 2007.

Philadelphia ended baseball's record streak of five straight Series that ended in sweeps or five games, ensuring at least one more telecast in a matchup between big-market teams that has revived baseball's ratings. The Phillies still face a tall task: The Yankees lost three in a row just twice after the All-Star break and dropped consecutive home games only once after mid-June.

But Pettitte and CC Sabathia, the Yankees' Game 7 starter, will be pitching on short rest - Pettitte for the first time this year and Sabathia for the third time in the postseason.

If the Phillies come back to become the first NL team to win consecutive Series titles since the 1975-76 Cincinnati Reds, Yankees manager Joe Girardi will be widely second-guessed for his pitching decisions. No Series champion has gone the entire postseason with just three starters since the 1991 Minnesota Twins - when there were just two rounds of playoffs.

New York, trying for its first title since 2000, still has strong memories from 2001, when the Yankees led Arizona three games to two before losing the final two games on the road. In 2003, the Yankees led Florida two games to one before losing three in a row.

New York will be without center fielder Melky Cabrera for the rest of the Series. Cabrera strained his left hamstring in Game 4 and was replaced on the roster by backup infielder Ramiro Pena as Brett Gardner took over in center field.


Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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