Heavy rain forced the suspension of Game 5 of the World Series in Philadelphia on Monday night. And with bad weather remaining in the area, Major League Baseball officials decided they will not try to resume play between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays until Wednesday night at 8:37 p.m.. VOA Sports Editor Parke Brewer has more from Philadelphia.

This is a first in baseball's World Series history. Never before has a game been suspended.

But nearly everyone agrees it was the right decision, and the right call to delay the restart because of the miserable weather hitting the Philadelphia area.

Rain, high winds and cold temperatures continued on Tuesday, so Game 5 is set to resume on Wednesday in the middle of the sixth inning with the Phillies and Rays tied at 2-2.

Phillies General Manager Pat Gillick says both teams agreed on the decision to delay the game. "Unfortunately, those things happen. So we'll just have to go on from here and go get them whenever we play."

The Phillies lead Tampa Bay in the best-of-seven series, three games to one, and are hoping they can clinch their first baseball championship since 1980 before their hometown fans.

If the Rays win Game 5, the teams will head south to Florida for Game 6 at Tampa Bay's stadium on Thursday night.