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Phillies 7, Dodgers 3

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LOS ANGELES -- Catcher Carlos Ruiz hit a tie-breaking two-run double in the ninth inning and right fielder Marlon Byrd drove in four runs, sparking the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers before a crowd of 51,699 at Dodger Stadium on Thursday night.

Ruiz, who went 3-for-3 with two walks, started a four-run ninth with his double to left off reliever Brian Wilson to drive in Cody Asche and Ben Revere with one out. After an intentional walk to Chase Utley and Wilson hitting Ryan Howard with a pitch, Byrd, who had a 3-for-5 outing with two doubles, lined a two-run single to left, scoring Ruiz and Utley.

The victory allowed the Phillies (11-11) to take three of four in the series against the Dodgers (13-10).

Mike Adams (1-0) pitched two innings of relief, allowing a solo home run to Adrian Gonzalez -- his club-leading sixth -- that tied the score at 3 in the seventh inning. Adams struck out three. Wilson (0-2) gave up four runs on three hits with an intentional walk in only a 1/3 of an inning.

Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on 10 hits with a walk and two strikeouts, but didn't factor into the decision. Kendrick left with a 3-2 lead before Gonzalez homered.

Los Angeles right-hander Dan Haren, who was shooting for a 4-0 start, allowed three runs (one earned) and scattered seven hits with seven strikeouts and two walks (one intentional) in six innings.

Uribe broke up a scoreless contest with two outs in the fourth inning, drilling a pitch by Kendrick for a two-run homer into the left-field pavilion. It was Uribe's fourth home run.

The Phillies grabbed the lead in the fifth. Center fielder Ben Revere, who singled and advanced to third on a hit by Ruiz, scored when Dodgers first baseman Gonzalez could not handle a grounder by second baseman Utley with one out. A two-run double to right by Byrd, driving home Ruiz and Utley, gave Philadelphia a 3-2 advantage with two outs in the inning.

The Dodgers threatened in the bottom of the fifth, but Hanley Ramirez was thrown out attempting to score from third by third baseman Cody Asche after a grounder by Yaisel Puig.

Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly requested a review of the play, apparently believing Ruiz violated the obstruction rule when he tagged out Ramirez at home. The umpires, though, ruled against Mattingly.

NOTES: Dodgers CF Matt Kemp was the odd man out in the outfield rotation, relegated to the bench Thursday. ... Phillies 3B Cody Asche returned to the starting lineup after manager Ryne Sandberg sat him for three games. ... Philadelphia's bullpen entered the game with a 5.64 ERA, which ranked last in the majors. ... Philadelphia caps its 10-game road swing with a three-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks beginning Friday. ... The Dodgers host the Colorado Rockies for a three-game series starting Friday.
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