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(Thursday, June 7th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 8, Philadelphia 3
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The Dodgers came from behind for the third straight day, completing the four-game sweep against the Phillies with an 8-3 win.
Aaron Harang (5-3) battled through some early pressure to go six strong innings, allowing three runs on eight hits. He struck out three and walked one.
James Loney went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored and came up with a big hit in the Dodgers' three-run come-from-behind sixth inning.
The Dodgers bullpen was stellar once again, holding Philadelphia scoreless in the final three frames.
For the second straight outing, despite being spotted a three-run lead, Cole Hamels (8-3) was unable to hold the lead. He allowed four runs -- three earned -- in six innings, gave up six hits and struck out six.
"We get the lead and then we're giving it up," Hamels said. "That's kind of the frustrating part just for the fact that you see a win on one hand and see it kind of evaporate."
Down 3-1 in the sixth inning, Elian Herrera worked a walk to lead off the inning and Juan Rivera followed with a base hit. After Jerry Hairston Jr. popped out, Loney knocked in Herrera with a single. Two batters later, Rivera scored when Tony Gwynn Jr. lined a single just past a diving Jimmy Rollins to tie the game. Matt Treanor gave the Dodgers the lead when he dropped a base hit just in front of a sliding Juan Pierre.
The Phillies took a 3-0 lead in third inning. Hamels led off with a single to right and went first-to-third on a hit by Rollins. After a Pierre groundout, Pence hit a ground ball to third base that Herrera fired wide of Treanor, trying to throw out Hamels at the plate. On the play, Rollins advanced to third, and he scored when Ty Wigginton hit a liner deep enough to center field to score him.
Pence then scored on a Mike Fontenot bloop single to left.
After Wigginton committed two errors to start the fourth inning, the Dodgers picked up their first run when Hairston scored Herrera with a sacrifice fly.
The Dodgers took advantage of some sloppy Philadelphia defense to break the game open with a four-run ninth.
The Dodgers started the inning with three straight singles to load the bases. Herrera then hit a ground ball to Fontenot's right, but the drawn-in infielder was unable to come up with the ball and record an out. Andre Ethier then sent a hard ground ball down the first-base line that went off the glove of John Mayberry Jr. for another error, scoring two runs in the process. Even though Herrera was thrown out at the plate, the Dodgers picked up their eighth run when Hairston followed with an RBI single to score Ethier.
Jamey Wright and Ronald Belisario combined for three scoreless innings to hold the Dodgers' lead and secure the victory.
"With the exception of that one inning where we ended up getting ahead by a bunch, the series was a one-run game throughout," Treanor said. "That's the mentality we're going to have to take throughout the season."
At 37-21, the Dodgers have the best record in baseball...Harang picked up his 100th career victory...Los Angeles had gone 0-4-1 in its last five series against Philadelphia...The Los Angeles Dodgers swept the Phillies for the first time in Philadelphia since the team moved to California...The last time the Dodgers swept the Phillies in a four-game sweep was August 11-14, 2008...The Dodger bullpen allowed only one run in 11 innings in the four-game series...Rollins went 7-for-16 in the series...Fontenot started in place of Freddy Galvis, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list last night with a lower back strain...The Phillies have lost six straight games...Philadelphia is now 12-19 at home and has only won two of its last 12 home games...The last time the Phillies were swept in a four-game series was September 20-22, 2011 against Washington...Before Thursday, Hamels had been 5-1 with a 2.28 earned run average in six starts following a loss this season...Hamels had a 17-inning scoreless streak against the Dodgers snapped in the fourth inning...The Phillies are now 0-23 when trailing after seven innings.
06/07 19:33:16 ET
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