He had worked around walks in he third and fourth innings when he faced Raul Ibanez leading off the fifth. Ibanez singled and before Kershaw could get the first out of the inning, Philadelphia had put the first five runners on base and had three runs, courtesy of a three run home run by Carlos Ruiz, and was helped by a pair of walks and a NLCS record three wild pitches.
The Phillies added two more runs, Ryan Howard's two-run double knocking Kershaw out of the game but the Dodgers fought their way back in, scoring three of their own in the bottom of the inning on a double by Russell Martin, a single by Rafael Furcal and Manny Ramirez's two-run home run, the 29th playoff home run of his career.
They knocked Phillies starter Cole Hamel out of the game with one out in the sixth, tagging him for four runs. Hamel had not allowed the Dodgers more than two runs in any game over his previous seven starts.
Now trailing by only a run, the Dodgers loaded the bases in the sixth on opening singles by Loney and Ron Belliard and a walk to pinch-hitter Jim Thome but left them stranded.
Andre Ethier led off the seventh with a double and was still there when the inning ended thanks to the relief work of former Dodger Chan Ho Park.
Philadelphia scored three runs on George Sherrill, who had allowed only two runs in 30 appearances during he regular season, in the eighth.
Now trailing 8-4, consecutive singles by Loney, Belliard and Martin scored one run and Furcal's sac fly cut the deficit to 8-6. Ethier collected his third hit of the game to put runners on first and third but Ramirez bounced out to third base to end the inning.
They would never get closer, although Matt Kemp led off the ninth with a single. Casey Blake, who finished 0-for-5, hit into a double play before Loney fell behind 0-2 but worked a walk. With the tying run again on base, Belliard popped out to short to end the game.
L.A. out-hit the Phillies 14-8 and also left 10 on base to Philadelphia's five. The Dodgers scored three of their runs on two home runs while Philadelphia also hit two round-trippers but both were three-run shots.
Los Angeles was 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position, while the Phils were an economical 3-for-5.
Loney and Ethier led the Dodgers' attack with three hits, Loney including a home run and Ethier a double. Kemp, Belliard and Martin weighed in with a pair of hits each.
The loss puts the Dodgers in a hole and pits them against the fact that the team taking a 1-0 lead in the NLCS has won 16 of 23 series, including 14 of the past 16.
The two teams turn around quickly and meet in an afternoon game today (Friday) at 1 p.m. Pacific time with each starting pitcher working against his former team.
Vincente Padilla, the feel-good story of the season, draws the start against the Phillies and he will face former Dodger Pedro Martinez who will be making his first postseason start in five years.
The 37-year-old right-hander made his major league debut with the Dodgers in 1992 and also played for Los Angeles in 1993 before he was traded to the Montreal Expos for Delino DeShields.
Padilla, discarded by the Texas Rangers, has been 5-0 in eight starts for the Dodgers. Manager Joe Torre said, "We certainly were hoping that he would give us a boost. But would I have dreamed at the time we got him in that deal that he was going to pitch Game 2 of the Championship Series, no, I certainly didn't envision that."
Score by innings Philadelphia 000 050 030-8 Los Angeles 010 030 020-6 Los Angeles ab r h bi ave Furcal ss 4 0 1 0 .250 Ethier rf 5 1 3 1 .600 Ramirez lf 5 1 1 2 .200 Broxton p 0 0 0 0 .000 Kemp cf 5 0 2 0 .400 Blake 3b 5 0 0 0 .000 Loney 1b 4 2 3 1 .750 Belliard 2b 5 1 2 0 .400 Martin c 4 1 2 1 .500 Kershaw p 0 0 0 0 .000 Troncoso p 0 0 0 0 .000 Hudson ph 1 0 0 0 .000 Belisario p 0 0 0 0 .000 Thome ph 0 0 0 0 .000 Wolf pr 0 0 0 0 .000 Kuo p 0 0 0 0 .000 Sherrill p 0 0 0 0 .000 Pierre ph-lf 1 0 0 0 .000 -------------------------------------------- Totals 39 6 14 6 Philadelphia 32 8 8 8 Two-base hits- Martin (1), Ethier (1). HR- Loney (1), Ramirez (1). RBI- Loney (1), Ethier (1), Ramirez 2 (2), Martin (1), Furcal (1). SF- Furcal. LOB- Los Angeles 10, Philadelphia 5. RISP- Los Angeles 3-for-14, Philadelphia 3-for-5. DP- Kemp and Loney. PO- Kershaw. Los Angeles in h r-er bb so era Kershaw (0-1) 4.2 4 5-5 5 3 9.64 Troncoso 0.1 0 0-0 0 0 0.00 Belisario 1.0 0 0-0 0 0 0.00 Kuo 1.0 0 0-0 0 2 0.00 Sherrill 1.0 2 3-3 2 0 27.00 Broxton 1.0 1 0-0 0 0 0.00 WP- Kershaw 3. T- 4:02. Att- 56,000.Dodger Stadium Leads N.L. in Playoff Games
Dodger Stadium has become the No. 1 site for playoff games in National League history, having hosted 107 postseason games, one more than the old Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
The original Yankee Stadium is No. 1 with 322 postseason games, followed by Fenway Park with 146.
The first postseason game held at Dodger Stadium took place on Oct. 5, 1963, in Game 3 of the World Series. Dodgers pitcher Don Drysdale pitched a three-hitter in a 1-0 victory over the Yankees and the Dodgers went on to sweep the series.
First Ball Ceremonies
The Dodgers had Steve Garvey, Ron Cey and Bill Russell throw out the first ball before the game. They, along with Davey Lopes, played their first game together in 1973 and became the longest-lasting infield in Major League history, breaking up after the 1981 World Series.
Lopes, now a member of the Philadelphia coaching staff declined to join in the ceremony. "If you are talking about a reunion, I am all for it," he said, "but tonight I'm a Phillie."