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Phillies meltdown in the 8th inning, Diamondbacks rally to bring NLCS to tie

The Philadelphia Phillies appeared to be heading towards a commanding 3-1 lead in the National League Championship series on Friday night, but the Arizona Diamondbacks had other plans.

Phillies manager Robert Thomson elected to bring closer Craig Kimbrel into game in the 8th inning, just one day after he gave up the game winning run to the D-Backs in the ninth inning of Game 3. Kimbrel, who had 23 saves during the regular season, gave up a leadoff double to Lourdes Gurriel on Friday night.

Evan Longoria then flied out to left, before pinch-hitter Alek Thomas stepped into the batter’s box. The 23-year-old Diamondbacks outfielder then crushed a two-run homer to tie the game.

A crucial Game 5 is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. on Saturday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Chantz Martin is a sports writer for Fox News Digital.

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