Oh Where, Oh Where Were the Bats?

Hiroki Kuroda was close to a no-no. But Shane Victorino thwarted the Japanese righty’s no-hit bid with only five outs to go in the game. Kuroda still got the last laugh, shutting down the Phillies and leading the Dodgers to a 3-0 win Monday night.

Kuroda was damn-near unhittable until Victorino’s single in the eighth. Kuroda didn’t finish the inning, lasting 7 2/3 innings while only allowing four base runners: a hit, two walks, and a hit batter.

Roy Halladay again fell victim to a lack of offense, pitching seven solid innings of work while allowing three runs on 1o hits and a walk while striking out four. It was Halladay’s 10th loss of the year while deserving probably only half of them.

Andre Ethier, Casey Blake, and Jamey Carroll all had two hit games off Halladay. Also the usual Phillies killer, Rod Barajas, hit a solo homer in the fifth inning to make it a 3-0 game.

WP: Kuroda (10-11). LP: Halladay (16-10).

Boxscore.

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