Philadelphia’s Pat Burrell picked a good time to snap his homerless drought.
Burrell looks to stay hot at the plate as the Phillies continue their three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.
He hit a go-ahead three-run homer in eighth inning of the Phillies’ 8-4 win over the Dodgers on Tuesday. The homer was the first in 65 at-bats for Burrell, who leads Philadelphia with 22 home runs and 79 RBIs.
“Fortunately, he got one at the right time when we needed it the most,” said Ryan Howard, who added a homer right behind Burrell.
With Jim Thome battling injuries, Burrell has been the Phillies’ main source of power this season. However, Burrell had picked up just three extra-base hits, all doubles, in his previous 15 games.
He drove in just two runs, both in the same game, during that span, and his slugging percentage dropped from .530 to .499.
Burrell also singled in a run in the ninth inning Tuesday for the Phillies, who have won four of their last six. Philadelphia is in third place in the American League East, six games behind first-place Atlanta.
Ricky Ledee homered for the Dodgers, who have lost eight of 12. Jeff Kent, who entered the game hitting a league-best .400 with runners in scoring position, struck out four times, including three times with two men on base.
The Dodgers, the defending NL West champions, fell seven games behind first-place San Diego in the division.