Dodgers 6, Phillies 2

Preview | Box Score | Recap

LOS ANGELES (AP)—Kevin Brown finally got support both offensively and defensively.

Brown pitched seven strong innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers got solo homers from Paul Lo Duca and Adrian Beltre to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-2 Tuesday night.

Brown’s effort was complemented by stellar defensive plays by shortstop Cesar Izturis and left fielder Mike Kinkade, filling in for Brian Jordan, who was home with a sore throat.

“I’ve lost games giving up bloopers. Tonight I gave up some hard-hit balls and came out a winner,” Brown said. “I don’t know. Maybe I’ve got a few years worth of good luck coming around.”

Brown, a six-time All-Star, was on the disabled list six times in his previous four seasons with the Dodgers and was limited to 10 starts and 17 relief outings last year because of elbow and back problems.

Izturis made a diving stop of Tomas Perez’s grounder behind second base in the fifth and made a backhanded flip to Jolbert Cabrera, who caught it barehanded and just missed completing an inning-ending double play.

In the sixth, Kinkade robbed Ricky Ledee of extra bases with a diving catch on the warning track—a play that was similar to the one he made against Pittsburgh’s Kevin Young in the second inning of Sunday’s 6-3 victory at PNC Park. Kinkade then turned around and admired his work on the video board above the pavilion roof.

“This was one of the better catches I’ve ever seen,” Lo Duca said. “Kinkade just flat-out plays baseball. He gets it done wherever you put him. He can hit and he plays defense with no regard for his body. I couldn’t believe how high off the ground he was.”

Brown (2-1) allowed five hits, including a two-out homer in the seventh by Mike Lieberthal, who hit three homers at Dodger Stadium last Aug. 10 in a 10-8 victory. He fanned Pat Burrell, Jim Thome and Lieberthal on 13 pitches during a 1-2-3 second inning and finished with seven strikeouts and no walks.

“The last two starts have been good,” Brown said. “The couple before that, I felt like a walking zombie in comparison. It’s just nice to feel like a human being again and not walking around feeling like you’ve got one foot in the grave.”

Lo Duca’s one-out homer to left field in the third ended a string of 20 consecutive scoreless innings by the Phillies’ staff, including Kevin Millwood’s no-hitter on Sunday and Brett Myers’ 3-0 win on Monday night.

Lo Duca opened the scoring against Randy Wolf (3-2) with his first home run since last Sept. 27.

Phillies manager Larry Bowa got into an animated discussion with third base umpire Ted Barrett in the fourth after Barrett pointed foul—then fair—on Cabrera’s infield single behind the bag with one out and one on.

“He said he didn’t do that. He said he was moving his hand to get it out of the way. They have an excuse for everything,” Bowa said. “Everybody else is under the microscope whatever you do, if you’re a player or manager. And he’s telling me that he didn’t say `foul ball.’ Those 28,000 people saw him say `foul,’ then `fair.”’

The call proved costly to the Phillies, as Izturis loaded the bases with a single to right and Beltre scored on Brown’s sacrifice fly to center.

Beltre led off the sixth with his first homer in 12 games and third this season to make it 3-0.

Los Angeles broke it open in the seventh after loading the bases for the third time against Wolf. Carlos Silva came on and hit Cabrera with an 0-2 pitch, forcing in the Dodgers’ fourth run. Izturis, who was 3-for-4, followed with a two-run single.

Wolf, a local product who furnished tickets for 29 family and friends, allowed six runs and 11 hits in 6 2-3 innings.

“I gave up a lot of hits and it hurt me,” Wolf said. “The homers were on two pitches out over the plate. I hung a curveball to Beltre and left a fastball out over to Lo Duca. And with the way Kevin Brown was pitching tonight, to give up two early runs and then a third, that’s a long way for usto go because he was throwing the ball really well.”


Burrell, whose fourth-inning bid for a two-run homer just hooked foul of the left field pole, grounded into a double play two pitches later. … Wolf, who had the second-lowest run support in the NL last season, got fewer than four runs to work with for the first time in his six starts this season. … Dodgers CF Dave Roberts sat out for the fourth straight game because of a sore right hamstring, which he injured running out a bunt single last Friday night at Pittsburgh. … Lo Duca’s homer ended a streak of 11 games in whichthe Dodgers’ opponent scored first.

Related Articles