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Joe Blanton became the first pitcher in 34 years to homer in the World Series and Ryan Howard hit a pair of shots - giving him three in two games since the series shifted from Tampa to Philly - leading the Phillies to a 10-2 victory and putting the club on the verge of what Howard described as "absolute bedlam."

Things are going so well for Philly at home that Blanton's blast was actually the first extra-base hit of his career - making him the first player in baseball history to notch a World Series homer for his first career extra-base hit.

Blanton

And more importantly he was the winning pitcher in Game 4, giving his team three chances now to close out the series.

One of those chances comes at home tonight. With Cole Hamels taking the mound (4-0 this postseason) and the way Evan Longoria and Carlos Pena are swinging the stick for Tampa (combined 0 for 29 in the series) you have to think the odds are in favor of Philly.

If the Phillies do win this series it would be nice to see them go ahead and clinch it at home - not that I'm pulling for that, being a Florida resident and longtime Rays' fan and all - but Philadelphia fans deserve it.

Plus, after so much was made of home field advantage in the build-up to the postseason (e.g. Tampa posting the best home record in baseball and the A.L. winning the All-Star Game) the Phillies are 6-0 at home.

Home records for postseason teams that made early exits: Angels (0-2), White Sox (1-1), Cubs (0-2), and Brewers (1-1).

The Red Sox were 2-3 and the Dodgers were 2-2 at home in two playoff rounds.

Tampa split two games at home vs. Boston and two so far against Philly - but those diehard Philly fans have yet to see their team lose a game at home this postseason, which explains why their team is just one win away from "absolute bedlam."

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