Phillies 3, Dodgers 2
WP – Joe Blanton (8-8, 4.79)
LP – Nathan Eovaldi (1-6, 4.33)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (20)
LOS ANGELES — If the Phillies want to make a comeback on a season that appears to be lost, it’ll have to continue through Hollywood.
Joe Blanton got the Phils off to a great start, shutting down the Dodgers for eight innings in their 3-2 win Monday night. It was the third straight win for the Phillies.
Blanton was throwing his best stuff at the Dodgers, pitching eight brilliant innings. He allowed two run on six hits while striking out six for his eighth win of the season.
The Phillies got on the board in the 2nd inning when Jimmy Rollins scored on a Juan Pierre single to right-center field. A pair of home runs by Rollins in the 3rd and Ryan Howard in the 4th gave them a 3-0 lead, enabling Blanton to cruise.
Howard’s home run, which proved to be the game’s winner in the 4th, snapped an 0-for-13 stretch. It cleared the left field fence for his first home run of the season.
The Dodgers slowly got back into the game.
In the 6th, they got their first run off Blanton when Matt Kemp grounded into a double play. In the 7th with a man on first and third, a pitch got away from Blanton and Juan Rivera scored from third to make it a 3-2 game.
2B: Ruiz (24), 3B: Victorino (5). HR: Rollins (9), Howard (1).