Phillies 5, Dodgers 4, 10 innings

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PHILADELPHIA (AP)—The shaving cream pie to the face left Ryan Howard with a full white beard, soaked the collar of his red undershirt and earned him some ribbing from teammates.

“Nice face! What’d he do?” joked a mischievous Tomas Perez, who lathered Howard only moments earlier.

Howard could only laugh, gladly exchanging an extra minute in the shower for an extra win in the standings.

Howard’s three strikeouts were forgotten and forgiven when he hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.

“I was looking for something to drive and fortunately I got it,” he said. “It felt good off the bat and it just kind of took off and kept going.”

The Dodgers had gone ahead 4-3 in the top of the 10th on Billy Wagner’s bases-loaded walk to Jayson Werth. Philadelphia, though, wasted little time in making its comeback.

On the second pitch from reliever Yhency Brazoban (2-5), Pat Burrell hit an opposite-field triple, his first of the year, off the right-field wall. On the next pitch, the left-handed Howard crushed his fifth homer to left-center. He was mobbed by his teammates at the plate and then got a face full of shaving cream near the dugout.

“In that situation you’re not looking to take a whole lot of pitches,” Howard said. “You just go with it.”

Three pitches. Two hits. One big win for the suddenly surging Phillies, who have won six of seven.

“That’s what winning’s all about. That’s what winning teams do,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. “That’s how we’ve got to keep it going if we’re going to win.”

Wagner (3-1) earned the win, giving up a run in two innings of relief.

He loaded the bases with two walks and a double in the 10th, a rare second inning of work for him. He struck out pinch-hitter Antonio Perez looking on a full count, bringing a roar from the crowd.

Wagner, though, lost control with two outs and walked Werth on four pitches. The lead was short-lived and the Dodgers lost for the eighth time in nine games.

“This game was the epitome of our season,” Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said.

The Phillies left the bases loaded in the eighth when pinch-hitter Tomas Perez flied out against Steve Schmoll after the righty reliever allowed a leadoff double and hit two batters.

Brad Penny kept his cool and kept the Dodgers in the game in his six innings. Penny was ejected in the third inning of his last start last week against San Francisco for arguing a call, but bounced back nicely, striking out four of five batters in one stretch and finishing with a season-high eight strikeouts.

“We just need to start making plays and getting hits,” Dodgers catcher Jason Phillips said. “We’ll turn it around.”

Staked to a 3-2 lead in the fifth, Penny allowed a two-out RBI single to Chase Utley to tie the game.

Philadelphia’s Brett Myers gave up seven hits and three runs in six innings, including Oscar Robles’ first major league homer to lead off the game.

The Phillies tied the score in the first on an RBI groundout and went ahead 2-1 in the second on Burrell’s 21st homer.

Notes

The Dodgers activated LHP Wilson Alvarez from the disabled list and sent outfielder Jason Grabowski to Triple-A Las Vegas. … The Dodgers signed 14th-round draft pick Scott Van Slyke, son of former Pirate and Cardinal Andy Van Slyke, and assigned him to the Gulf Coast League. … Phillies 3B David Bell returned to the lineup after missing the last four games with a back injury.

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