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Pence’s 8th Inning Two-Run Single Gives Phillies Comeback Win

Phillies 1B Ryan Howard is thrown out at home in the 6th inning. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Phillies 3, Dodgers 2
WP – Kyle Kendrick (3-8, 4.71)
LP – Ronald Belasario (3-1, 2.18)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (21)

LOS ANGELES – Ronald Belisario had a fun 8th inning that enabled a dramatic come-from-behind win for the Phillies.

After walking Chase Utley and hitting Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz to load the bases with two outs, he gave way to closer Kenley Jansen.

Jansen allowed a two-run single on a ground ball up the middle by Hunter Pence to give the Phillies a 3-2 lead and win. After being 0-38 when trailing after seven innings, the Phillies manufactured their first late-inning comeback win of the season.

The Phillies also won their sixth straight game at Dodger Stadium, continuing the success they’ve had there for the past five seasons.

Pence worked a full count on Jansen, coming in to try and clean up the mess by Belasario. But Pence’s patience and timely hitting led to the Phillies fourth straight win and second straight series win.

The Dodger pressed in the bottom of the 8th inning. After Kyle Kendrick got the first two outs and allowed a single to Matt Kemp, Antonio Bastardo entered and rung up Andre Ethier for the final out.

In Roy Halladay’s return from the DL with shoulder problems, he went five innings. Halladay, who was on a 60-80 pitch limit, allowed two runs on five hits while striking out six.

Halladay allowed four straight hits in the 2nd inning including back-to-back RBI singles to James Loney and Louis Cruz to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead on the Phillies.

The Phillies could have tied it two innings prior to Pence’s 8th-inning heroics.

Howard tried to score on a single hit by Pence but was thrown out by Dodgers centerfielder Kemp. Howard appeared to be under the tag but it was too close to call at full speed and Howard was called out.

2B: Rollins (22).

Boxscore.

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