Phillies Go Long to Split with Dodgers

The Dodgers pitching staff held the Philadelphia offense, the most powerful in the National League, to eight runs in the first three games so it was probably inevitable that the spell wouldn't last in the fourth and final game of the series. The Dodgers trailed by a single run going into the seventh before the roof fell in and the Phils left town with a 7-2 win.

The difference was obvious between the two highest-scoring teams in the league. When the Phillies pitcher made a mistake, a Dodger would double. When the Dodgers pitcher made a mistake, the Phillies hit it out of the park.

So in the final three innings, Philadelphia turned a 3-2 advantage into a 7-2 win, smacking three home runs that accounted for all four of the final runs in the game. The final two home runs came on Wolf's 92nd and 101st pitches of the game, but he refused to blame the home runs on being out of gas.

"I felt fine, but, obviously, the results weren't there at the end," Wolf said. "I didn't think I was very good the whole day, but it was just one of those things, so I have to get better."

Couple that with the fact that Wolf had his worst game of the season, allowing six runs for the first time after recording a quality start in seven of his previous 12 starts. Wolf has a 5.61 ERA over his last four outings and the loss was his first in 12 starts since April 7, when the Padres beat him 4-2 at San Diego in his season debut.

Antonio Bastardo, a 23-year-old left-hander making his second Major League start, added to the Dodgers' hitting woes, holding them off repeatedly when they put runners in scoring position and allowing seven hits over his five innings.

Then former Dodger Chan Ho Park stifled them with a single hit over three innings and Ryan Madison closed out the win to give the Phillies a split in the four-game series that is perhaps a precursor of the National League playoffs some four months down the road.

In a game of turning points, one of them came in the sixth inning when, trailing 3-1, Casey Blake doubled and James Loney shot a single to center. Park, with his 7.32 earned run average, took over on the mound, and Matt Kemp bounced into a double play and protested violently that he had beaten the throw to first base.

Television replays clearly showed that Kemp had, indeed, beaten the throw and manager Joe Torre came out to question the call but, of course, he got nowhere with the argument.

The Dodgers only had two hits over the final three innings so perhaps their case was moot, but a different call would have a run in and two on instead of none on and two out.

The Dodgers were two for eight with runners in scoring position and they left eight men on. The Dodgers, who have the best record in baseball at 39-20 and lead the N.L. in batting average, runs and on-base percentage, have scored only seven runs in 46 innings against opponents' starting pitchers over their last seven games.

Philadelphia scored first in the second inning and the Dodgers tied things up in the fourth on three singles after a failed bunt cost them a run in the third. Rafael Furcal singled and with out out, Wolf attempted -- unsuccessfully -- to move him to second before striking out. Juan Pierre's following single was wasted.

They did tie the game in the next inning when Andre Ethier and Blake singled and with one out, Kemp's RBI-single scored Ethier. Rafael Furcal, demoted to the seventh slot in the lineup, popped out and Brad Ausmus, playing for a slumping Russell Martin, hit into a force play.

In the top of the fifth, two singles and a bunt gave the Phillies runners at second and third. Shane Victorino hit a soft liner back to Wolf and he misjudged it, the ball skipping off his glove for an infield hit. The runner was going on contact and it would have been a simple double play had be been able to hang on, instead L.A. trailed 3-1.

The Dodgers closed to 3-2 on Kemp's disputed double play but Philadelphia flexed their muscle in the seventh and put the game away.

A single by Pedro Feliz and a home runs by catcher Carlos Ruiz was followed by a home run by Victorino that landed deep in the Dodgers' bullpen down the left field line and quickly L.A. trailed 6-2.

Brent Leach prevented any more damage and Travis Schlichting got his Major League baptism the following inning by serving up an opposite field home run to Ryan Howard, the first man he faced.

However, the converted infielder then retired three in a two to close out the eighth but put himself in a jam in the ninth with three walks and Guillermo Mota had to come in and close out the inning.

Pierre and Blake each had two of the Dodgers nine hits.

For 10 games, the Dodgers were getting by on remarkable pitching and without much help from their offense. The Dodgers scored three runs or fewer in seven of their last 10 games but still managed to win six games during that stretch.

"We'll be fine. We're going to score runs," manager Joe Torre said. "With so many questions being asked about it, I think everyone is self-conscious about it and trying too hard. Hopefully, we come back Tuesday after a breather tomorrow and start swinging the bats a little better."

With the loss, the Dodgers split the four-game series with the Phillies, but Los Angeles still won the season series, 4-3, after taking two out of three in Philadelphia in May.

Los Angeles' cushion over second-place San Francisco in the West was cut to eight games when the Giants beat Florida 3-2. Arizona topped San Diego 9=6 in 18 innings, holding the Padres hitless over the final nine.

The Dodgers get a well-deserved day off on Monday after playing 17 consecutive games without an off-day. They will host San Diego for two games and them have another day off before leaving on a road trip that will take them into interleague territory against Texas. Oakland and the Angels.

  Score by Innings
Philadelphia	010 020 310-7
Los Angeles	000 101 000-2

  Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  era
Pierre lf	5  0  2  0  .360
Hudson 2b	3  0  1  0  .315
Ethier rf	4  1  1  0  .271
Blake 3b	4  1  2  0  .292
Loney 1b	4  0  1  0  .292
Kemp cf        	4  0  1  1  .304
Furcal ss	3  0  1  0  .243
Ausmus c	4  0  0  0  .282
Wolf p        	2  0  0  0  .074
 Leach p	0  0  0  0  .000
 DeWitt ph	1  0  0  0  .167
 Schlichting p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Mota p        	0  0  0  0  .000
 Loretta ph	1  0  0  0  .254
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  Totals  	35  2  9  1  
  Philadelphia	34  7  9  7

  2B- Blake (13), Pierre (11). RBI- Kemp 
(31). LOB- Los Angeles 8, Philadelphia.

  Los Angeles	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Wolf (3-2	6.1  8  6-6  1  4  3.62
Leach        	0.2  0  0-0  0  0  4.35
Schlichting	1.2  1  1-1  3  2  5.40
Mota        	0.1  0  0-0  0  0  5.55
  WP- Schlichting. HBP- Hudson. 
T- 3:12. Att- 42,288.
Free Parking Coming Up
The Dodgers will provide free parking in the general lots at Dodger Stadium on June 16-18 when the team hosts a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics. Fans will be free to enter through the gate in Dodger Stadium, where the $15 fee will be waived for entrance into the general lots. People with preferred parking spots will still need to park in their sections.

"This gesture is our latest initiative to help ensure that all of our fans can enjoy our national pastime at Dodger Stadium," Dodgers CEO Jamie McCourt said. "With the conclusion of the school year, we want to make it even easier for families to spend their summer evenings with us."

Dodger Blue Notes-- The Dodgers have outscored opponents by a 52-15 margin in the first inning, but have gone seven straight games without a first-inning run since getting five at Chicago in the last game of their road trip. ...Wolf's 3-2 record is deceiving. He left with the lead in four games but the bullpen couldn't hold on for him. ...The Phillies are 32-5 when scoring more than three runs, and 1-17 when they get three or fewer. ...Ethier's back-to-back walkoff game-winning hits are the third in Los Angeles history. Manny Mota (1976) and Nomar Garciaparra (2004) were the first two.

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