Dodgers 5, Phillies 3 (12 innings)
WP – Jamey Wright (4-2, 3.58)
LP – Jake Diekman (1-1, 5.03)
LOS ANGELES – Hunter Pence was the Phillies hero last night. Matt Kemp was the Dodgers hero today.
Just when it looked like the Phillies had the game won due to Pence’s heroics, it all turned.
After Pence knocked in two runs to give the Phillies a 3-1 lead, Jonathan Papelbon blew his third save of the year. Papelbon allowed two runs to cross the plate and the game went to extra innings.
In the 12th inning, with a runner on base, Kemp blasted a Jake Diekman pitch to right center field to win the game for the Dodgers by a score of 5-3.
It was the 10th walkoff loss for the Phillies this season.
Unfortunately, Pence’s timely hit didn’t mean a victory for Cliff Lee. The Phillies southpaw only received one run of support in his eight innings of work.
Lee pitched a tremendous game as he allowed two hits in those eight innings. Unfortunately one of the hits was Juan Rivera’s solo home run in the second inning. The left-hander struck out four batters and only walked one.
Rivera’s home run barely snuck over the left field fence on a ball that John Mayberry Jr. may have had an opportunity to catch.
The Phillies did hit their stride a few innings later.
Shane Victorino led off the fourth inning with a single and stole second base to get into scoring position. Carlos Ruiz singled and Juan Samuel sent Victorino home. Even though Matt Kemp’s throw home was right on the money, Victorino sidestepped the tag of catcher A.J. Ellis to tie the game at 1.
Victorino went 3-for-5 and Carlos Ruiz went 2-for-5 on the afternoon to pace the Phillies.
It was a pitcher’s duel between Lee and Clayton Kershaw for most of the afternoon.
Kershaw went stride for stride with Lee as he tossed eight innings of one-run ball while only surrendering five hits at the hands of the Phillies. He struck out seven and walked none.
The Phillies may not have swept the Colorado Rockies or the Dodgers but they did win the first two series of the second half.
The Phillies have Thursday off before they host the San Francisco Giants this coming weekend.
2B: Victorino (15).