Thursday Oct. 23, 2008
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Philadelphia Phillies have taken away home field advantage from the Tampa Bay Rays by winning Game 1 of the World Series.
Chase Utley homered and Cole Hamels pitched seven innings as the Phillies topped the Rays 3-2 at St. Petersburg. Utley became the 34th player to homer in his first career World Series at-bat, launching a two-run blast off loser Scott Kazmir just three batters into the game. Carlos Ruiz added an RBI grounder that put the Phils ahead 3-0 in the fourth.
Hamels tossed shutout ball until Carl Crawford smacked a solo shot in the fourth. Akinori Iwamura supplied three of the Rays' five hits, including an RBI double that got Tampa Bay within 3-2 in the fifth. But the Rays failed to get a hit the rest of the way.
Hamels is 4-0 in the postseason after giving up two runs and five hits. Brad Lidge worked a perfect ninth for his sixth save of the postseason. Kazmir was reached for three runs and six hits in six frames.
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