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LOS ANGELES -- Yasiel Puig delivered in the clutch once more, and the Los Angeles Dodgers continued their best stretch of the season with a 6-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium.

Puig delivered a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning to score A.J. Ellis and Juan Uribe and give Los Angeles the 5-4 lead. A day after collecting a three-hit game for the sixth time in his first 22 contests, Puig again lifted the Dodgers to a win.

Ellis added a sacrifice fly that scored Matt Kemp in the eighth inning for an insurance run as the Dodgers won their season-high sixth consecutive game. Kemp, who returned from the disabled list Tuesday and made a game-ending diving catch but then rested Wednesday, went 2-for-4 with two runs Thursday.

Philadelphia had the better offensive output for much of the game, finishing with 14 hits -- including 12 against Dodgers starter Zack Greinke, who still picked up the win. The Phillies, who entered the game with two straight wins, stranded 14.

Kenley Jansen picked up his second straight save, his seventh of the season, with a scoreless ninth inning.

Chase Utley hit a solo home run off Greinke (5-2) in the top of the seventh inning to put the Phillies ahead 4-3 before Puig took back the lead.

The Phillies made a lot of contact against Greinke but struggled to manufacture runs. They stranded 11 base runners in the first six innings as they tallied 11 hits.

Philadelphia tied the game in the fifth inning on back-to-back RBI singles as Utley drove home Jonathan Pettibone and Jimmy Rollins knocked in Ben Revere.

The Phillies got on the board in the second inning on a Domonic Brown home run to deep center field that cut the Los Angeles lead to 3-1.

Los Angeles jumped on Pettibone early, scoring three runs in the first inning on a pair of doubles. Matt Kemp doubled to score Yasiel Puig, and Andre Ethier doubled to drive in Adrian Gonzalez and Kemp.

Pettibone threw six innings of three-run ball. Justin De Fratus (2-2) allowed two runs in two-thirds of an inning.

NOTES: Despite a team-season-high six-game RBI streak and a nine-game hitting streak, SS Hanley Ramirez was scheduled to have the day off. He entered the game in the seventh inning as a pinch hitter, however, and drew a walk.... The Phillies acquired veteran INF Jason McDonald from the Cleveland Indians on Thursday for a player to be named or cash. McDonald was already traded once this season, from the Pittsburgh Pirates to Cleveland, and he was designated for assignment by the Indians on Wednesday. ... Dodgers RHP Josh Beckett, who has battled a nerve problem that has caused numbness in his hand, has started throwing, though there is no timetable for a possible return.
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