- The Washington Times - Monday, October 27, 2008

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Game 5 of the World Series was suspended because of rain in the sixth inning Monday night with the Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays tied at 2.

“I can’t tell you tonight when we’ll resume,” commissioner Bud Selig said.

When it does resume, the game will pick up right where it was stopped, with the Phils about to bat in the bottom of the sixth. There has never been rain-shortened game in Series history.

Leading three games to one, the Phillies hoped to wrap up their first championship since 1980. But the rain turned the field into a sloppy, soggy mess, and the forecast for Tuesday night wasn’t encouraging.

“The weather tomorrow is supposed to be worse,” said Bob DuPuy, MLB’s chief operating officer.

Carlos Pena hit a tying, two-out single in the sixth for the Rays, and the umpires called it moments later. By then, every ball and every pitch had become an adventure because of the miserable conditions.

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