Phillies 3, Dodgers 2
Roy Halladay pitched five effective innings in his first start
off the disabled list, Hunter Pence hit a go-ahead, two-out single
in the eighth inning and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Los
Angeles Dodgers 3-2 Tuesday night for their fourth straight
The Phillies loaded the bases in the eighth when Ronald
Belisario (3-1) walked Chase Utley with two outs, then hit Ryan
Howard on the foot with a 1-2 pitch and plunked Carlos Ruiz on a
full count. Pence greeted Kenley Jansen with a sharp single to
center, scoring Utley and pinch-runner John Mayberry Jr. and giving
him a team-high 55 RBIs.
It was Jansen’s first appearance since he was on the mound when
San Diego’s Everth Cabrera stole home for the tying run in the
Dodgers’ 7-6 loss on Saturday night. Jansen has five blown saves in
Halladay threw 80 pitches, allowing two runs and five hits with
six strikeouts and no walks. The 35-year-old right-hander hadn’t
pitched for the Phillies since May 27 at St. Louis, when he faced
11 batters over two innings and gave up a grand slam to Yadier
Molina during his 8-3 loss. He was diagnosed with a latissimus
dorsi strain and missed 42 games.
Kyle Kendrick (3-8) got the victory, allowing two hits in 1 2-3
scoreless innings. Jonathan Papelbon, the sixth Phillies pitcher,
worked a perfect ninth for his 21st save in 23 chances.
Stephen Fife pitched six sharp innings in his major league debut
for the Dodgers. The bespectacled 25-year-old right-hander yielded
a run and four hits, walked three and struck out one while throwing
90 pitches. He was promoted from Triple-A Albuquerque when Chad
Billingsley went on the disabled list, retroactive to July 8,
because of inflammation in his right elbow.
The Dodgers acquired Fife from Boston in a three-team trade that
sent switch-hitting outfielder Trayvon Robinson to Seattle at the
non-waiver trade deadline last year. He was 7-5 with a 4.53 ERA in
18 starts with Albuquerque.
The Dodgers were clinging to a 2-1 lead in the sixth when Howard
drew a one-out walk, advanced on a wild pitch and tried to score on
a line-drive single by Pence. But Kemp made a one-hop throw to A.J.
Ellis, who stretched to his left to get the ball and made a lunging
tag on Howard as he slid in head-first.
Kemp got another assist in the eighth, erasing Ruiz at third
base for the third out after coming up throwing on Pence’s clutch
hit. But it wasn’t enough to prevent the Dodgers’ fourth straight
loss and 19th in their last 25 games.
The first two batters Halladay faced, Bobby Abreu and Mark
Ellis, were called out on strikes by umpire Wally Bell. Abreu
tossed his bat away after a 3-2 pitch and headed to first base,
thinking he had walked. Ellis also had a few words for Bell before
going back to the dugout. But the Dodgers opened the second inning
with four straight hits and took a 2-1 lead with RBI singles by
James Loney and Luis Cruz.
Jimmy Rollins opened the game with a double on Fife’s second
pitch and scored on Utley’s groundout.
NOTES: The Phillies freed up a roster spot for Halladay by
optioning RHP Brian Sanches to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Sanches
allowed seven runs, 12 hits and four homers over 6 1-3 innings in
his six relief appearances. In addition, all four of his inherited
baserunners scored. … Halladay, who finished runner-up in last
year’s NL Cy Young voting to the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, is four
strikeouts away from 2,000 in his career. … Fife played in the
1999 Little League World Series. … Wednesday’s series finale
matches 2008 AL Cy Young winner Cliff Lee against reigning NL Cy
Young winner Clayton Kershaw, who is 0-4 with a 4.95 ERA in seven
regular-season starts against the Phillies. Lee is 1-6 with a 3.92
ERA in 15 starts this season, after going 17-8 last year. …
Dodgers RHP Todd Coffey is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery
on Wednesday for the second time in his career, due to a partially
torn ligament in his right elbow.