For six innings, the bats were silent. It took the quiet veteran with the wide smile to make some noise.

For six innings, the stars battled to a draw. It took the forgotten bench warmer to break the ice.

For six innings, sunlight glistened across the outfield grass, while shadows played havoc with the Phillies' bats.

And so Charlie Manuel handed the game to the one man used to toiling in the shadows.

Ben Francisco's pinch-hit three-run homer in the top of the seventh keyed a 3-2 win over St. Louis in Game 3 of the National League Division Series, ending two games of offensive futility and pushing the Phillies to the brink of a fourth straight championship series appearance.