Ethier’s two-run double gives Dodgers 4-3 win

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LOS ANGELES (AP)—Brad Lidge(notes) isn’t nearly as invincible as he was last season.

Andre Ethier(notes) was only too happy to prove that point.

Ethier drove a fastball by the Philadelphia closer into the right-field corner with the bases loaded for a two-run double in the ninth inning, giving the Los Angeles Dodgers a 4-3 victory Friday night and snapping the Philadelphia Phillies’ seven-game winning streak.

“He’s a slider guy who likes to keep his pitches down, so that’s going to take something out of his game—with the bases loaded and two outs,” Ethier said. “You look for something else, and that is what I got.”

Casey Blake(notes) started the two-out rally with a single, James Loney(notes) walked and Russell Martin(notes) reached when third baseman Pedro Feliz(notes) botched his routine grounder. Ethier then jumped on Lidge’s next pitch and gave the Dodgers their fifth walkoff win of the season.

“These guys, they never surprise me,” manager Joe Torre said. “The other day with the five-run eighth inning, then tonight with just the total resilience and some great relief pitching. As long as there are 27 outs in a game we’re going to try to play every one of them.”

Lidge (0-3) blew his fifth save in 18 attempts, after going 41 for 41 last season and 7 for 7 in the postseason to help the Phillies win their second World Series title.

“It’s just persistence,” Ethier said. “We kept waiting for that door to open for us, and we had to take advantage of it. Fortunately, we were able to get a couple of guys on base and have an error bounce our way. We were able to turn it in our favor and capitalize.”

Dodgers starter Eric Milton(notes) allowed three runs—one earned—and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings. Torre, who’s six wins away from surpassing Sparky Anderson for fifth place on the career list, did his best impersonation of Anderson in the fifth when he gave a rather quick hook to Milton with one out and a runner at third base.

The next hitter was Feliz, who was 7 for 13 lifetime against Milton. Torre’s switch to right-hander Guillermo Mota(notes) worked to perfection, as Feliz lined out to second baseman Orlando Hudson(notes) with the infield in, and Eric Bruntlett(notes) flied out to left. Mota also retired the side in order in the sixth.

Jonathan Broxton(notes) (6-0) got the win, allowing one hit in a scoreless ninth.

“The relief pitching was a big part of this one,” Torre said. “Every guy to come out of that bullpen—Mota, (Brent) Leach, (Ramon) Troncoso, and of course Broxton—did a great job. They gave us a chance to jump back into it.”

Jamie Moyer(notes) allowed two runs and four hits over seven innings in a matchup of the teams with the two best records in baseball. The 46-year-old left-hander didn’t allow a hit between Juan Pierre’s(notes) leadoff single in the first inning and Matt Kemp’s(notes) leadoff single in the sixth.

“Well, we didn’t crush him tonight,” Torre said. “He was out there for a long time. That’s why he’s won as many games as he has (250). He just doesn’t stop competing.”

The Dodgers’ first two runs came on an RBI groundout in the fourth by Hudson and a bloop RBI single by Loney with two out in the seventh. In their last five games, the defending NL West champions have scored just four runs in 35 innings against their opponents’ starting pitchers.

Philadelphia scratched out a run in the third on a grounder to first base by Raul Ibanez(notes), who leads the NL with 54 RBIs. In the fourth, Chase Utley(notes) hit a two-out single that scored Bruntlett, and third-base coach Sam Perlozzo frantically waved Chris Coste(notes) around when he saw Ethier’s relay throw from right field go to second base instead of home.

Furcal quickly turned and made a perfect peg to Martin at the plate, but the ball popped out of his glove as Coste slid into him. Both runs were unearned, the result of a fielding error by second baseman Hudson on Coste’s grounder up the middle. It was the third error this season by the three-time Gold Glove winner.

Phillies leadoff hitter Jimmy Rollins(notes) left runners at second and third in the second inning and flied out with the bases loaded against Troncoso to end the eighth. He’s 0 for 10 in the first two games of this series and 4 for 30 on the road trip, dropping his average to .219.


Moyer and Milton matched up against each other in a regular-season game only one other time—June 17, 2000, when Moyer pitched Seattle to a 12-3 victory at Minnesota. … Torre had Moyer on his pitching staff when he managed St. Louis in 1991. Moyer was 0-5 with a 5.74 ERA that season, the only one in which the 23-year veteran did not record a victory.

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