The Phils increased their winning streak to four games as they produce a late inning rally to defeat the Dodgers, 3-2.
The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off with a double, then moved up to third base on Shane Victorino’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Dodgers tied the game up at one-all in the second as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, James Loney hits an RBI single, knocking in Andre Ethier, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Adam Kennedy’s double, while sending Kennedy, who had just doubled, up to third base. The Dodgers then took the lead one batter later as Luis Cruz hits an RBI single, scoring Kennedy, giving the Dodgers a 2-1 lead, while sending Loney up to second base. The Phils tried to tied the game up in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ryan Howard, who had earlier walk, then reached second base on pitcher Steven Fife’s wild pitch, tried to score on Hunter Pence’s single to center field, but is gun down at the plate by a strong throw by center fielder Matt Kemp, as catcher A.J. Ellis applies the tag, keeping it a 2-1 Dodgers’ lead. The Phils would retake the lead in the eight as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Utley, Howard being hit by a pitch, moving Utley up to second base, before he is pinch run for by John Mayberry, Jr. and Carlos Ruiz also being hit by a pitch, moving up both runners, and with two men out, Pence hits a two-run single, knocking in both Utley and Mayberry, with the later crossing the plate before Ruiz is thrown out trying to move up to third base by Kemp, as third baseman Kennedy applies the tag, for the inning’s final out, as the Phils take a 3-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his twenty-first save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he pitched five strong innings, giving up just two runs on five hits, while striking out six. Michael Schwimer and Jeremy Horst combined for a 1-2-3 inning. Kyle Kendrick (3-8, 4.71) got the win as he threw a scoreless inning and two-thirds, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his seventeenth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face. Jonathan Papelbon collected his twenty-first save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Stephen Fife, who was the Dodgers’ last minute starter, also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, while striking out a batter. Josh Lindblom collected his fourteenth hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Ronald Belisario collected his thirteenth hold of the season, before taking the lost (3-1, 2.18), as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on a walk and two hit batters. Kensley Jansen was handed his fifth blown save of the year as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit.
The Phils had five hits in the game, with Hunter Pence leading the team with two hits, both singles, as he knocked in two runs. Jimmy Rollins (Double), Juan Pierre (Single) and Placido Polanco (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits. Chase Utley had the other Phil RBI on a ground out. The Phils also had four walks in the game, as well as two hit batters (Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz).
The Phils (41-51, 5th East) will conclude their series with the Dodgers (48-44, 2nd West) with an afternoon game, that is just starting, as they try to end a very successful road trip with a sweep of the Dodgers.