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Hamels Coughes Up Lead in 6th; Phils Swept

Cole Hamels slides in safely on a fielder’s choice in the 3rd inning. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Dodgers 8, Phillies 3
WP – Aaron Harang (5-3 , 3.95)
LP – Cole Hamels (8-3, 2.93)

PHILADELPHIA — Nothing is going right for the Phillies, and it’s starting to look ugly.

The Phillies dropped a season worst sixth straight time, getting swept in the four-game series to the Dodgers with their 8-3 loss this afternoon.

Nothing has been going right for Cole Hamels either, who gave this game away in a bad 6th inning.

Holding a 3-1 lead, runners on first and second and one out, James Loney hit an RBI single to pull the Dodgers within 3-2. After striking out the next batter, Hamels allowed back-to-back RBI singles for the tying and go ahead runs to Tony Gwynn Jr and Matt Treanor, giving the Dodgers a 4-3 lead.

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Flash Gordon: Dee Gives Dodgers Go-Ahead RBIs

Dodgers 6, Phillies 5
WP – Chris Capuano (8-2, 2.82)
LP – Kyle Kendrick (2-5, 4.44)
SV – Kenley Jansen (9)

PHILADELPHIA — For the entire series, little Dee Gordon has been a thorn in the side of the Phillies.

The son of former Phillies reliever Tom Gordon made himself a part of the Dodgers’ win against the Phillies again, this time hitting a two-run go-ahead single in the 6th inning that gave the Dodgers the 5-4 lead. Los Angeles went on to win 6-4, dropping the Phillies for their fifth straight time.

The Phillies blew a 4-2 lead in that inning that they created in the 5th. Ty Wigginton led off with a solo home run and Jimmy Rollins hit a two-run homer later in the inning to give the Phillies a 4-2 lead.

Then the Dodgers went on to score a three-run inning of their own in the 6th with Jerry Hairston RBI single and two-run singe by Gordon.

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Lee Remains Winless Again

Dodgers 2, Phillies 1
WP – Chad Billingsley (3-4, 3.80)
LP – Cliff Lee (0-3, 2.92)
SV – Kenley Jansen (8)

PHILADELPHIA — Teams win together and teams lose together.

For Cliff Lee, the loss hurts especially for him. The first win of the year eluded Lee once again as he fell to 0-3 on the season despite boasting a 2.92 ERA as the Phillies lost their fourth straight game, 2-1, to the Dodgers.

The Phillies are back under .500 for the first time since May 23.

Again the loss can be pitted on a lack of finishing innings. They managed seven hits in the game, going 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position and stranding seven.

Hunter Pence’s RBI single in the 1st inning was the lone run the Phillies would score for Lee.

The Phils held the 1-0 lead into the 8th inning until the Dodgers scored the tying and go-ahead runs off Lee in the inning. The inning itself was bizarre, seeing Dodgers runners twice tossed out at third.

Matt Treanor hit a lead-off double but was out at third on a Tony Gwynn Jr ground out. Gwynn was then thrown out at third on a single by Bobby Abreu. Dee Gordon then singled to put two men on with two outs.

Ellian Herrera then hit a two-run, two-out double off Lee, scoring both Abreu and Gordon to give the Dodgers the 2-1 lead.

Lee went 7 2/3, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out 12. He was the first pitcher to lose a game despite throwing 92 strikes when Aaron Harang did it in September 2007.

2B: Rollins (9).


Papelbon Sounds Off After Tough Loss

Dodgers 4, Phillies 3
WP – Ronals Belisario (1-0, 1.26)
LP – Jonathan Papelbon (0-2, 2.31)
SV – Kenley Jansen (7)

PHILADELPHIA — Poor umpiring had a lot to do with the Phillies dropping a third straight game.

It also had a lot to do with why Jonathan Papelbon was upset in the 9th inning and after the Phillies tough 4-3 loss to open a four-game series against the Dodgers.

Papelbon though he had struck out Dee Gordon, the lead-off hitter in the 9th inning of a 3-3 ballgame. But home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn called a ball on the 1-2 count, extending the at-bat.

On the very next pitch, Gordon lined a ball into the gap in right center, going to third on a lead-off triple. He scored on Andre Ethier’s RBI single the very next at-bat to give the Dodgers the 4-3 lead.

Papelbon sounded off at Reyburn, who was called up from the Triple A to umpire in the Majors, but wasn’t ejected. Papelbon then proceeded to sound off on Reyburn after the game in front of reporters.

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Series Preview: vs Los Angeles Dodgers

PHI: 28-27, 5th in NL East; LAD: 33-21, 1st in NL West

When: June 4-7
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Vance Worley (3-2, 3.07) vs Clayton Kershaw (4-3, 2.32)
Tuesday: Cliff Lee (0-2, 3.00) vs Chad Billingsley (2-4, 4.09)
Wednesday: Kyle Kendrick (2-4, 4.02) vs Chris Capuano (7-2, 2.50)
Cole Hamels (8-2, 2.81) vs Aaron Harang (4-3, 3.90)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 7:05, CSN
Tuesday, 7:05, CSN
Wednesday, 7:05, CSN
Thursday, 1:05, CSN
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Season Preview: NL West

Expectations: San Francisco’s payroll may top $130 million in order to pay for Brian Wilson’s beard dye.
Key Addition: OF Melky Cabrera (acquired from Kansas City)
Key Loss: SP Jonathan Sanchez (traded to Kansas City)
Projected Record: 93-69
Summary: The Giants are looking to get back on top of the National League after a disappointing 2011 campaign. The Giants went 86-76, missing the wild card by four games to the Cardinals, who won the World Series.

The Giants are hoping Madison Bumgarner fills in big as the number three pitcher after the Giants dealt Jonathan Sanchez for Melky Cabrera. They still have Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain at the front of their rotation, boasting one of the best pitching staffs in baseball.

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2011 Moments: #4 The Might of Cliff Lee

Phils pitcher Cliff Lee celebrates with Shane Victorino at the top of the dugout after hitting his second home run of the season in the 7th inning. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Cliff Lee was forcing the Philadelphia fans to fall in love with the left-handed pitcher even more than they already had two years prior.

Lee’s swagger off the mound, his abilities on the bound and his ability to win over the hearts of more and more fans intensified when Lee belted not one, but two home runs through the course of the 2011 season.

On July 9, Lee provided the only run support he would get in the Phillies 4-1 loss. Granted they lost 4-1 in 11 innings due to a poor 11th inning by reliever Michael Stutes, the game was remembered for what Lee did at the plate.

In the 3rd inning, he faced Braves starter Tommy Hanson for the first time of the game. He worked a long, 10-pitch at-bat full before he sent Hanson’s pitch into the right-centerfield stands for his first career home run.

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Just Another Day in LA

Phillies sluggers Chase Utley (left) and Ryan Howard celebrate after Howard's two-run go ahead homer in the 6th inning. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

If there is one thing that hasn’t changed between the Dodgers and Phillies the past four years, it’s that each trip to LA must include some dramatic form of a comeback win that devastates Dodgers fans.

This time, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard combined for a four-run 6th inning to complete the Phils comeback in a game that started out 6-0 in the Dodgers favor.

After Utley’s two-run, two-out single with two strikes tied the game up at seven, Howard brought Utley and himself home with a two-run opposite field shot that gave the Phils a 9-7 lead. The Phils went on to win, 9-8, sweeping the Dodgers.

Vance Worley finally fell back to earth. Worley was roughed up pretty bad in the 1st inning of his start, surrendering five runs. He allowed six runs over four innings on seven hits and three walks. But the Phillies got the young right-hander off the hook, preserving his 8-1 record.

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The Power of Lee: Cliff homers in Phils win

Phils pitcher Cliff Lee celebrates with Shane Victorino at the top of the dugout after hitting his second home run of the season in the 7th inning. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

“Cliff Lee has as many homers against left-handed pitching as Ryan Howard with 1” – Kevin Cooney

Put that into perspective. Lee hit his second home run of the season, the first Phillies pitcher to hit multiple home runs in a single season since Randy Wolf hit three in 2004, as the Phillies beat Los Angeles 2-1.

Lee took Dodgers left-handed starter Ted Lilly yard in the 7th to give the Phils a 2-0 lead and add insurance for Lee’s 12th win on the season. Lee finished his night on the hill with eight shut out innings, allowing only four hits and two walks while striking out 10. It was the eighth start of the season for Lee in which he reached the double-digit plateau in strike outs.

Lee’s night ended after eight because he threw 124 pitches. Ryan Madson allowed a run in the 9th but got the save. It was Madson’s 21st save in 22 chances this season. He’s the only reliever on the Phils current roster with a blown save.

Lee’s pitching opponent, Lilly, was fantastic as well, holding the Phillies to only two runs on six hits and a rare walk in eight innings of work. But an RBI double by Rollins and Lee’s solo homer did Lilly in as he was bested by Lee.

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Back to business: Offense backs Doc for 15th win

Phils 2B Chase Utley avoids Casey Blake's tag as he steals second base in the 5th inning. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Late night baseball is always a burden on baseball fans. Luckily for the Phils, when they are out west, it’s just another day at the park for the Phils.

And by another day, I mean the winning part. The Phils won again (yawn) as Roy Halladay shut down the Dodgers, 5-3.

It was Halladay’s 15th win on the season, the eighth time in his career and sixth straight time he’s hit the 15-win mark. He allowed a run on nine hits and a walk while striking out four. Charlie Manuel gave Halladay the hook after he put two on in the 7th with one out and Andre Ethier to bat.

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