Dodgers Outlast Phillies 5-3 in 10 innings

The Dodgers, who were roughly eliminated from the National League Championship Series last year, won the rubber game of the three game series 5-3 in 10 innings to demonstrate a couple things. One, they are a pretty darn good team without Ramirez and two, the just ain't the same team that the Phillies beat four games to one in 2008.

Chad Billingsley, asked at every opportunity about his meltdown in the NLCS, quieted his critics by limiting Philadelphia to three hits and a single run while striking out nine while lowering his ERA to 2.30. He was headed for his sixth win in eight starts and came within one 100+ mph fastball by closer Jonathan Broxton from getting it.

But the Phillies scored twice in the ninth to tie the game but the Dodgers clinched their belts and score two in the 10 to win the series and (finally) give them an over .500 record in road games at 10-9.

Los Angeles out-hit the Phillies 13-5 and two of the Philadelphia hits came in the last of the ninth. The Dodgers were never retired in order during the 10 innings, leaving nine on base and recording a dismal, 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

Billingsley faced left-hander Cole Hamels in a battle of two of the premiere young pitchers in the National League. Neither of them came out of it with a decision and their final statistics were remarkably similar: seven innings, one earned run, nine strikeouts.

Philadelphia scored in the first on a leadoff double by Jimmy Rollins and a sac fly off the bat to Ryan Howard. L.A. tied the game with an unearned run in the third when Casey Blake doubled and scored on an field error.

James Loney smacked his second homer of the season in the seventh to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead. The young first baseman is apparently a road warrior, hitting .182 at home and .375 on the road.

Kemp tripled and scored on Blake's sac fly in the ninth for a 3-1 margin. Philadelphia stormed back with a pair of two-out runs off Jonathan Broxton to tie the game again.

The winning rally in the 10th also came with two out. Andre Ethier walked and scored on Russ Martin's double. It was only his second extra base hit in the last 23 games. Kemp lashed another double to drive in the second run and Ramon Troncoso blanked the Phills to clinch the win.

Tight Game
The Phillies took a page out of the Dodgers playbook and scored in the first inning. Rollins doubled inside the line into the right field corner for a double and later scored on Ryan Howard's sacrifice fly to give Philadelphia a 1-0 lead.

In the third inning, Blake hit a high, looping drive down the right field line that hit in fair territory, then bounced at a right angle into the seats foul for a ground rule double. Billingsley was unable to bunt him over and struck out and Pierre flew gently to left.

Furcal took the count full, fouled off a couple and then bounced a ball to short that Jimmy Rollins attempted to backhand but it skipped off his glove and Blake scored to tie the game.

Billingsley, after struggling with his command in the first three innings, was hitting the speed gun at 97 in the fourth. He only allowed a single hit over his final five innings.

Martin singled with one out in the fourth and stole second but was doubled off when Loney lined to first base. In the fifth, Kemp and Blake led off with singles, Billingsley bunted into a force at third, surprisingly Pierre attempted to beat out a bunt -- unsuccessfully -- and Furcal took a change up for strike three and the Dodgers were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

The Phillies opened the bottom of the fifth with a walk to Ruiz and Hamels was save when Billingsley fumbled his sac bunt. Rollins struck out but Martin, in an attempt to catch Hamels off first base, threw the ball into right field to move Ruiz to third.

Victorino struck out and again Hamels wandered off first base. Martin threw to Loney and they had him hung up but Ruiz started towards the plate so the throw went to Furcal, then to Blake and in the rundown, Furcal made the tag to record the double play and end the threat and the inning.

Loney got a ball low and in to leadoff the seventh and he banged it into the right field seats to break the tie. It was his second home run of the season, both coming in the last two games and both off left-handers, After having only one RBI against left-handers, he's drive in five in the first two games of the series. and it was the first home run Hamels has allowed to a fellow lefty this season.

Billingsley retired eight in a row after the wild fifth inning but walked Ruiz with two out in the eighth and on his 123rd pitch of the game got the tough Matt Stairs to fly to center to end the inning. The 123 pitches were a new personal high.

The Dodgers got a pair of two-out singles in the top of the eighth, including Ethier's second hit in 13 at bats in the series, and the they moved into scoring position on an outfield error but Martin popped up to leave both of them on base.

Cory Wade took over in the eighth inning and the difference in the Dodgers defense was extremely obvious in comparison to 2008 when Hudson ranged deep into the hole between first and second to throw out the first runner; Furcal took a difficult high hopper and nipped the runner at first and them Ethier went up against the right field wall to haul in a bid for a game-tying home run.

Kemp ripped a shot off Philadelphia starter Brad Lidge in the ninth and the ball ate up Pedro Feliz in left field, the ball bouncing past him to the wall and Kemp pulled up at third with a triple. Blake drove him in with a long fly to center. Pinch-hitter Xavier Paul then doubled to center for his first Major League extra-base hit and Pierre flew to deep center to end the inning.

Jonathan Broxton took over in the ninth, his first appearance in five days, and was throwing a wicked slider/cutter and a fastball that averaged just over 100, hitting 102 now and again.

After striking out Howard and Werth, he allowed a single and a walk with two out, causing Torre to make a trip to the mound, then he allowed a two-strike double to Ruiz and suddenly the game was tied. Ruiz, who finished the series with a .257 average, was the most difficult out in the Philadelphia lineup. In 14 trips to the plate in the series, he reached base 10 times. Broxton finally got the strikeout he was looking for to end the inning but it was one Phillie too late.

The two runs he allowed in the inning were just twice as many as he had given up in his previous 13 games and it boosted his ERA from 0.56 to 1.58.

The Dodgers bounced back in the top of the 10th after Furcal and Hudson went out in order. Ethier, who had only four hits in his previous 35 times at bat, drew a walk.

Then, just as quickly as the bottom of the ninth, Martin doubled to right field to score Ethier, Loney was walked intentionally and Kemp, who may have felt he was being dissed when they walked James to pitch to him, drilled a shot off the left field wall to knock in Martin. Blake fanned to end the inning.

Ramon Troncoso was afforded a rare chance to record a save in the bottom of the inning. The 6-7 right-hander Carpe'd the Diem but not without a bit of drama. He retired the first two batters, hit the third and then fanned big Ryan Howard to end the game and nail down his second save of the season.

The Dodgers (from Philadelphia) and Marlins (from Milwaukee) are both flying to Florida to open a three-game series tonight. Starting pitchers will be LHP Eric Stults (4-1, 3.58) and RHP Chris Volstad (2-2, 2.98)   

  Score by Innings
Los Angeles	001 000 101 2-5
Philadelphia	100 000 002 0-3
  
  Dodgers	ab r  h bi  ave
Pierre lf	4  0  0  0  .383
Furcal ss	5  0  1  0  .243
Hudson 2b	5  0  1  0  .342
Ethier rf	4  1  1  0  .272
Martin c	4  1  3  1  .289
Loney 1b	4  1  1  1  .276
Kemp cf        	5  1  3  1  .293
Blake 3b	4  1  2  1  .276
Billingsley p	3  0  0  0  .167
 Wade p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Paul ph	1  0  1  0  .500
 Broxton p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Troncoso p	0  0  0  0  .000
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  Totals 	39 5 13 4
  Philadelphia	30 3  5 3

  Errors- Billingsley (), Martin (1).
2B- Blake (6), Paul (1), Martin (6),
Kemp (8). 3B- Kemp (4). HR- Loney (2).
RBI- Loney Loney (26), Blake (22),
Martin (15), Kemp (25). S- Pierre. SF-
Blake. LOB- Dodgers 9, Philidelphia 7.
SB- Martin (4). CS- Martin (3). DP-
Loney, Furcal and Loney; Martin, Loney,
Furcal and Blake.

 Los Angeles	 in h r-er bb so  era
Billingsley	7.0  3  1-1  4  9  2.30
Wade        	1.0  0  0-0  0  0  5.06
Broxton (4-0)	1.0  2  2-2  1  3  1.59
Troncoso (sv 2)	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  1.99
  HBP- by Troncoso. T- 3:33. Att- 45,307. 

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