Phils Hand Dodgers Fourth Loss in Five Games

The Phillies topped the Dodgers 5-3 in a game that wasn't nearly as close as the score might indicate. L.A. lost their fourth game in five since Manny was caught with his hand in the pharmaceutical cookie jar and they seem to be waiting for someone to step up and lead the band. The helped the Phils by walking eight and allowing six stolen bases.

Clayton Kershaw had just one bad inning but it was terrible. Plagued, as are most young pitchers, with command problems, he used up his 99 alloted pitches in five innings after spending 44 of them in a three-run fourth.

Los Angeles out-hit their hosts 11-6, with three of the most damaging hits coming in the fourth inning after Los Angeles had regained a 2-1 lead.

The Dodgers seemed powerless to stop the Phillie running game. Jason Werth, a former Dodger who may feel that he was mistreated or at least misdiagnosed, stole four bases including three in the seventh inning.

Chan Ho Park, who didn't stay in Los Angeles because he wanted to be a starter and the Dodgers apparently didn't want to give him that shot, pitched 6.2 innings to earn the win.

After Kershaw coughed up three runs in the fourth, the Dodgers were deathly silent against three Philadelphia relievers. After they scored in the fourth, 13 of 14 hitters went down in order.

A brief, three-hit flurry in the ninth put a run across and brought the lead run to the plate fell short and the Dodgers fell to 1-4 in their last five games and if they aren't looking over their shoulder at the Giants, they should be. San Francisco is only two games behind in the loss column after being given up for dead earlier in the season.

The Dodgers posted their 37th first inning run, most in the majors, when Juan Pierre led off with a surprising shot off the right field wall for a double. After Furcal lined out, the only ball he hit hard all evening, Orlando Hudson scored him with a single but then he slipped rounding first and was caught in a rundown.

That cost a second run after Andre Ethier, locked in a 2-for-22 slump, doubled to deep center field and after two doubles and a single the Dodgers had to settle for a single run.

Kershaw had little trouble in the first two winnings but allowed Philadelphia a run without giving up a hit in the third. Two walks, a sac bunt and a ground ball tied the score at one.

Los Angeles had another three-hit outburst in the fourth and Hudson, Russ Martin and Matt Kemp singled for a lead 2-1.

Then the Phillies fell on Kershaw with a vengeance as five straight runners reached base and three of them scored. He allowed a single and his third walk, a double steal put them in scoring position and hits by Jimmy Rollins and Raul Ibanez drove in three. Another walk and an error by Casey Blake at third loaded the bases but after 25 minutes and 44 pitches, the young pitcher finally retired the side.

The Dodgers offense went dormant from that point until the ninth inning, broken only by a infield hit. Kershaw made the play close at first and got a favorable call. Hudson finally broke the schneid with his third single in the eighth.

Werth, who languished in Los Angeles with a damaged wrist for two seasons before going to a private doctor who fixed it for him, wasn't through. He singled with one out in the seventh off Will Ohman and promptly stole second. after an intentional walk to Rollins, he led a double steal. After Ohman walked the bases loaded, he was replaced by Ronald Belisario.

The young pitcher, as well as his catcher, overlooked the hustling Werth and on a routine throw back to the mound, the Phillie outfielder completed the rare cycle by stealing home -- giving him four steals on the night.

"It was an embarrassing play," Martin said. "He timed it perfectly. Right then, all I was thinking about was getting the hitter out. It shouldn't have happened."

"They weren't running on Russell," manager Joe Torre said. "They did a good job of gauging our pitchers. Our pitchers didn't leave Russell in a good position."

James Loney, whose slump is every bit as deep as Ethier's, singled with one out in the ninth. With two out, Blake singled and pinch-hitter deluxe Mark Loretta, dropped a soft single to center to drive in the Dodgers third run. Pierre, who was hitless after a first-inning double, line to center to end the game.

Hudson was the only Dodger with multiple hits.

Los Angeles slid to 22-12 with 20 of the wins coming against National League West teams. It was also the seventh loss in succession in Philadelphia.

It will be homecoming tonight for Randy Wolf who spent eighth seasons with the Phillies. Wolf (1-1, 2.95 ERA) left his last start with a 6-1 lead after six innings and was left with his fifth consecutive no-decision when the bullpen let the lead evaporate. Wolf only has pitched once against the Phils since leaving the club to become a free agent.

He will be opposed by LHP Jamie Moyer (3-2, 7.26 ERA) who had an terrible start his last time out against the Mets at Citi Field, allowing seven runs in just 2.1 innings.

  Score by Innings
Lo Angeles	100 100 001-3
Philadelphia	001 300 10x-5

  Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Pierre lf	5  1  1  0  .404
Furcal ss	4  0  0  0  .238
Hudson 2b	4  1  3  1  .343
Ethier rf	4  0  1  0  .283
Martin c	4  0  1  0  .271
Loney 1b	4  1  1  0  .264
Kemp cf	        4  0  1  1  .274
Blake 3b	4  0  1  0  .259
Kershaw p	2  0  1  0  .154
 McDonald p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Paul ph	1  0  0  0  .333
 Ohman p	0  0  0  0 1.000
 Belisario p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Loreta ph	1  0  1  1  .355
 Castro pr	0  0  0  0  .438
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  Total	        37 3 11 3
  Philadelphia	27 5  6 4

  Error- Blake (3). 2B- Piere (5), Ethier
(8). RBI- Hudson (20), Kemp (24), Loretta
(4). LOB- Dodgers 7, Philadelphia 9. 
DP- Furcal, Hudson and Loney 2.

  Los Angeles	 in h r-er bb so  era
Kershaw (1-3)	5.0  4  4-4  4  5  5.21
McDonald 	1.0  0  0-0  1  0  6.87
Ohman 	        0.2  1  1-1  2  1  5.23
Belisario	1.1  1  0-0  1  0  3.05
  HBP- Kershaw. Time- 3:00. Att- 45,191.
Schmidt Sees Game Action
Eric Stephen of the website True Blue L.A. attended Jason Schmidt's rehab start at Arrowhead Credit Union Park at Inland Empire and reports that Schmidt struck out three in the first inning while allowing an unearned run.

Stephen reported that Schmidt was throwing 85-90 and pitching coach Charlie Hough said Schmidt averaged roughly 86 mph in his five innings. He worked into the sixth, allowing two runs, three hits, and four walks while striking out six. 

The Sixers pitching coach Charlie Hough told Stephen, 'When he tried to throw hard, he lost his location. His good pitches were pretty good but his poor pitches were not very good, in that they weren't close to what he was trying to do."

Dodger Blue Notes-- Tonight's game against the Phillies is the second of 12 straight games against teams outside the National League West. ...The Dodgers are unbeaten in eight of their 11 series this season, going 6-3-2 overall. Two of their three series losses have come against the Giants. ...The Dodgers and Phils swept each other in four-game, regular-season series last year. ...The Dodgers enter tonight's game leading the NL in runs scored with 187, and their .286 average ranks second in the National League behind the Mets (.287).