TORONTO -- Joe Carter hit a three-run homer off Mitch Williams with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Toronto Blue Jays an 8-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies and their second straight World Series championship last night.
Carter made the Blue Jays the first team to repeat as World Series champion since the 1978 New York Yankees. His line drive over the left-field fence came after Williams walked leadoff batter Rickey Henderson and gave up a one-out single to Series MVP Paul Molitor.
Carter's shot marked the first time the World Series ended on a home run since Pittsburgh's Bill Mazeroski hit a bases-empty shot in the bottom of the ninth inning to win the seventh game of the 1960 Series against the New York Yankees.
"It was a slider that was down and in. The same one I missed on the pitch before," said Carter. "I just tried to stay down on it and make contact."
For the third time in the past four games, the Blue Jays opened by putting a three-spot on the board. Mulholland struggled from the start in the first inning, which Rickey Henderson started with a line drive to Len Dykstra in center field for the first out.
Devon White drew a walk before line drives started to find gaps in the outfield. Molitor took a high pitch the other way, rifling a drive deep to right-center field for a triple to drive in the first run.
Carter then barely missed a "big fly," undercutting a towering fly to the warning track in left field, settling for a sacrifice fly instead, as Molitor trotted across home plate. The early pounding didn't stop there as John Olerud also went to the opposite field, with a double into the left-center-field gap.
The final run of the inning was delivered via Roberto Alomar's single to center field. By the time the first inning had been completed, Molitor and Alomar had extended their World Series hitting streaks to six games, and the Blue Jays had a 3-0 lead.
Despite a slight malfunction with his control, Stewart held the Phillies hitless through three innings and allowed only one run over the first six. A slicing double to left field by Darren Daulton and Jim Eisenreich's single, both with two outs, enabled the Phillies to put a run on the scoreboard in the fourth.
Stewart threw only 37 strikes in his first 69 pitches (through four innings) and was behind 12 of the first 16 batters he faced, but the Phillies managed only minimal damage. And in the fifth inning, the Blue Jays' usually reliable defense gave the NL champs a chance to get back into the hunt.
Errors by second baseman Alomar and third baseman Ed Sprague, whose sacrifice fly made it 4-1 in the fourth, and a walk to John Kruk loaded the bases with two outs. Stewart escaped by getting Dave Hollins to ground out.
That run was quickly negated when Molitor, serenaded on his way to the plate by chants of "MVP, MVP," crushed his home run into the second deck in left field. It was the seventh, and last, hit allowed by Mulholland, who left a 5-1 deficit when he departed after five innings.
But Stewart could make that lead stand up for only another inning as he gave the Phillies' potent offense one chance too many. And this time he was solely responsible for his own mess, failing to retire the last two hitters in the lineup to start the seventh inning.
Kevin Stocker put it all in motion by drawing Stewart's fourth walk of the night. Mickey Morandini, making his first start of the Series and batting ninth in the order, followed with a single that put runners on first and third with nobody out.
At that point, Stewart had a visit from pitching coach Galen Cisco as relievers scrambled in the bullpen, trying to get ready. ,, Cisco's message didn't carry as much weight as Dykstra's bat.
In keeping with the unwanted pattern he set early in the game, Stewart fell behind in the count, 3-and-1. The Phillies' catalyst came up swinging on the next offering, blasting his fourth homer of the Series into the second deck in right field.
Suddenly, it was 5-4, Stewart was gone and the Blue Jays were in deep trouble. Cox tried to plug the dike, but his stuff wasn't strong enough. Mariano Duncan singled and, after Kruk struck out, stole second base.
When Hollins drove a single through the middle, the score was tied. Daulton walked and Eisenreich bounced an infield hit high off the carpet in front of home plate to load the bases.
That was all for Cox, and pinch hitter Pete Incaviglia greeted Leiter with a sacrifice fly to White in center field, and the Phillies had the lead.
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES vs. TORONTO BLUE JAYS
) Blue Jays win series, 4-2
Gm. ... ... ... ... ... Result
1. ... ... .. .. .. ... Blue Jays 8, Phillies 5
nTC 2. ... ... .. .. .. ... Phillies 6, Blue Jays 4
3. ... ... .. .. .. ... Blue Jays 10, Phillies 3
4. ... ... .. .. .. ... Blue Jays 15, Phillies 14
5. ... ... .. .. .. ... Phillies 2, Blue Jays 0
6. ... ... .. .. .. ... Blue Jays 8, Phillies 6