LOS ANGELES (AP) — A.J. Ellis hit an RBI
single in the ninth inning, Hanley Ramirez hit a tape-measure, three-run
homer in the first against Cliff Lee and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat
the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 on Saturday night.
Philadelphia’s Chase Utley homered in
his first two career at-bats against Hyun-Jin Ryu. But the Dodgers won
for the seventh in eight games, bouncing back from a 16-1 loss Friday
that was the franchise’s most lopsided at home since a 19-2 rout by the
New York Giants on July 3, 1947 — during Jackie Robinson’s rookie
Ramirez led off the ninth against rookie
Justin De Fratus (2-3) with a single before Matt Kemp took a called
third strike. De Fratus walked Andre Ethier before Ellis lined a 2-2
pitch to right, scoring Ramirez.
Kenley Jansen (2-3) got the win. He came
in trying to protect a 3-2 lead in the ninth for Ryu, but was charged
with his third blown save in 10 chances as a result of some shoddy
defense by his teammates.
Michael Young led off the ninth with a
single down the right-field line and continued to second when rookie
Yasiel Puig misplayed the ball for an error. Young advanced on Utley’s
groundout and held up on Jimmy Rollins’ shallow fly to center fielder
Kemp, whose hurried throw to the plate was about 20 feet to the first
base side and bounced away from catcher Ellis, allowing Young to dash
home with the tying run.
Domonic Brown followed with a triple to
left field that Ethier — playing out of position — had difficulty
tracking. But Jansen came back to strike out Delmon Young.
Lee gave up three runs and four hits in
seven innings and struck out 10, after going 7-0 with a 2.00 ERA in his
previous 10 starts. The left-hander, five years removed from his only
Cy Young Award, escaped a based-loaded, no-out jam in the fourth by
starting a 1-2-3 double play on a dribbler to the left of the mound by
Ellis and then retiring Juan Uribe on a groundout.
Ryu allowed two runs, seven hits and three walks in seven innings and struck out six.
Lefty Paco Rodriguez relieved Ryu and
faced one batter, retiring Brown on a foul popup. Then righty Ronald
Belisario came in, and the Phillies loaded the bases on a single by
Young, a double by pinch-hitter Laynce Nix and an intentional walk to
Uribe then fielded Carlos Ruiz’s
grounder to third base and got the force at the plate, with Ruiz just
beating the relay to first by Ellis. Slumping slugger Ryan Howard, who
was not in the starting lineup for this game and Friday night’s because
left-handers were starting for the Dodgers, was sent up to hit for Lee
and Los Angeles countered with lefty J.P. Howell.
Manager Charlie Manuel took the bat out
of Howard’s strong hands and sent up Kevin Frandsen, who was robbed of a
hit by shortstop Ramirez on a grounder up the middle. Ramirez smothered
the ball and made a backhanded flip to second baseman Mark Ellis for
the force on Ruiz.
Puig, who has hit safely in 21 of his
first 25 major league games, triggered the Dodgers’ first-inning rally
with a single before Lee walked Adrian Gonzalez. Ramirez drove the next
pitch an estimated 439 feet to center field, where it landed on top of
an elevated platform where the anchor desk for the Dodgers’ postgame
show sits. It was only the second homer Lee has given up on the road
this season in 82 innings.
Utley, the second batter Ryu faced in
his first career start against the Phillies, drove a 1-1 pitch deep into
the right-field pavilion and then hit a 0-1 delivery into the lower
seats in the right-field corner two innings later.
It was Utley’s 20th career multihomer
effort, and marked the first time he went deep twice in a game against
the same pitcher since April 28, 2009 — when he did it against current
teammate John Lannan in a 7-1 win over the Washington Nationals at
Revere, who had three hits against Ryu
and eight during the first three games of this series, doubled into the
right-field corner with two outs in the sixth and the ball caromed off
the Puig’s left foot and over the short wall. Manuel came out to argue
with first base umpire Bill Miller that Revere could have made it to
third without Puig’s impetus, but it remained a ground-rule double.
Dodgers RHP Josh Beckett is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery
in about 1 1-2 weeks to relieve pressure on the nerve in his neck. The
announcement was made by the club following a consultation Beckett had
with team physician Neal ElAttrache and Dr. Greg Pearl of Dallas, who
will perform the surgery there. “I know he had some tingling again
yesterday after throwing,” manager Don Mattingly said. “He didn’t throw
very long. I know there was a little bit of a setback there.” … The
Phillies have pushed back struggling LHP Cole Hamels two days in the
rotation to next Thursday at Pittsburgh, which would give him seven
days’ rest between starts. The 2008 World Series MVP and NLCS MVP is
2-11 with a 4.58 ERA in 17 outings and leads the majors in losses. “He
might benefit by clearing his head,” Manuel said. “He’s totally healthy.
We just want to give him a blow and see if it won’t help him some, and
see if it can get him feeling good about himself.” … Dodgers RHP Peter
Moylan, who gave up five runs over two innings after relieving Chris
Capuano in Friday’s game, was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque. The club
purchased the contract of RHP Jose Dominguez from Albuquerque. This
will be his first trip to the big leagues. … Mark Ellis was 0 for 3
against Lee, and has four hits in 29 career at-bats against him. … A
moment of silence was observed for Justin Miller, who spent the final
season of his seven-year career with the Dodgers in 2010 and made 19
relief appearances. He died Wednesday at age 35.