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The Los Angeles Dodgers need to win Wednesday to stay alive in the NLCS. ((Jeff Gross/Getty Images))

Things look bleak for Los Angeles, but it has been done before.

The Dodgers trail the Phillies 3-1 in the National League Championship Series and are staring elimination in the face ahead of Wednesday's Game 5 in Los Angeles.

The odds of a Los Angeles comeback are long, but the Dodgers can take inspiration from recent history to beat back the challenge of the Phillies and keep the series alive.

Current Dodger manager Joe Torre remembers the 2004 ALCS, when his Yankees enjoyed a 3-0 lead before losing four straight and the series to the Boston Red Sox

Boston pulled off another amazing comeback last season when the Red Sox, led by current Dodger Manny Ramirez, fought back from a 3-1 deficit in the ALCS to beat the Cleveland Indians en route to winning their second World Series in four years.

So, it can be done. The key, according to Torre, is just taking each game as it comes and not looking ahead.

"What we have to do is make sure we just go out and put the blinkers on [in Game 5]," Torre told MLB.com, "and win [Wednesday], and then concern ourselves with the next day, and hopefully in Game 7 again."

Phillies step up

As for the Phillies, they are in a position to book their first trip to the World Series since 1993, thanks to contributions from everyone on the roster.

Philadelphia hasn't received much production out of their two best hitters — Jimmy Rollins is batting .118 in the series, while Ryan Howard is .188 — but others have stepped up in a big way.

Shane Victorino has 11 RBIs in the playoffs and Canadian Matt Stairs hit a game-winning two-run homer in Game 4, proving the Phillies are much more than the sum of their parts.

"Without a doubt that shows that we are a team, and that we've got the guys that sit on our bench and we've also got the guys that play regular that don't get a lot of recognition, that also shows that they can play and they can deliver," said manager Charlie Manuel.

The Dodgers will attempt to keep the series alive by sending Chad Billingsley (1-1, 6.55 earned-run average) to the mound.

Billingsley is looking to rebound following his dreadful showing in Game 2 when he allowed a season-high eight runs, eight hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings.

The Phillies will counter with Cole Hamels (2-0, 1.20 ERA). The Philadelphia ace allowed two runs in seven innings in each of his three starts against the Dodgers this year, including a 3-2 victory in Game 1 last Thursday.