Philadelphia Phillies defeat New York Yankees, 8-6

PHILADELPHIA - The Yankees haven't clinched a World Series title on their home turf in a decade.

Because of A.J. Burnett's dreadful performance Monday night, they'll now have an opportunity to do so.

Burnett couldn't make it out of the third inning as the Phillies battered the Yankees for an 8-6 win in Game 5, sending the Fall Classic back to the Bronx.

"I had a chance to do something special tonight and I failed," Burnett said. "I let all the guys in here down and I...

PHILADELPHIA - The Phillies spent the weekend searching for a big, game-changing hit. They finally found one Monday night. And it only took three at-bats to do so.

Chase Utley came to bat with two on and none out in the first inning and unloaded on A.J. Burnett's first pitch for a three-run bomb to put Philadelphia up 3-1, bringing a strangely quiet crowd to life and starting the Phils toward an 8-6 win in Game 5.

The Phillies have a lot of firepower but it was large...

PHILADELPHIA - Shane Victorino suffered a bone bruise but not a fracture of his right index finger, an X-ray taken during the third inning Monday night revealed, he said. Victorino left Philadelphia's 8-6 win over the Yankees in Game 5 when manager Charlie Manuel replaced him in the eighth inning in center field. Victorino labeled his departure a "miscommunication" and said he didn't want to leave the game.

Victorino was hit by A.J. Burnett after squaring on, then pulli...

PHILADELPHIA - The way the ninth inning was unfolding, you just knew it was going to come down to Alex Rodriguez. Could he possibly have another magic moment in him, in this remarkable postseason when he suddenly never makes an out in the clutch?

The suspense was building with every pitch.

Problem was, the new A-Rod was hitting in front of him.

That's cold, I know. But let's be honest, Mark Teixeira is floundering at the plate in his first postseason the way A-Rod...

PHILADELPHIA - Joe Girardi has all the patience of a hungry puppy. He can't sit back, let the natural order of things unfold in their own time. So he took another nervous chance Monday, starting A.J. Burnett on three days' rest, and now the Yankee manager has a serious Series on his hands.

He has a Game 6, maybe a Game 7 back in the Bronx. He's facing a revived Phillies lineup, a Herculean Chase Utley. He might start two more pitchers on three days' rest. And he has onl...