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Oswalt continues to struggle

Dodgers' outfielders Matt Kemp (left) and Andre Ethier (right) celebrate after Kemp's two-run homer in the 8th. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

It either has to be the back issues or just plain ole getting old.

Whatever it is, Roy Oswalt is completely hittable now and it’s hurting him. For the sixth straight time, Oswalt failed to strike out more than three hitters.

With his ineffectiveness, Oswalt was on the losing side of the decision once again as the Dodgers won, 6-2, and evened up the series.

Oswalt allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out one. His record dipped below .500 and his ERA hopped over 3.00.

Matt Kemp doubled and homered for the Dodgers, the latter coming in the 8th off Michael Stutes to extend Los Angeles’ lead to 6-2.

The Phils managed only five hits in the game and failed to capitalize on plenty of chances. They squandered a wild start for Dodgers pitcher Rubby De La Rosa. De La Rosa walked five of his first 11 batters faced but the Phils managed only one run out of the 2nd in which he walked three and surrendered a hit.

Placido Polanco drove in a run on a walk in the 2nd and Chase Utley had an RBI triple in the 7th. Wilson Valdez had two of the Phils five hits.

Jimmy Rollins pinch-hit, squashing any DL rumors. He actually may get the chance to start in Wednesday’s game, Charlie Manual said after the game. He will also discuss with Utley to possibly play in his sixth straight game.

3B: Utley (1).

WP: De La Rosa (2-0). LP: Oswalt (3-4).

Boxscore.

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