Phillies 8, Dodgers 4
LOS ANGELES (AP)—Pat Burrell came through in the clutch for the Philadelphia Phillies. Jeff Kent came up empty for the Los Angeles Dodgers every time he had a chance to hit with runners on base—which is his specialty.
Burrell ended a homerless drought of 64 at-bats with a go-ahead three-run shot in the eighth inning and Ryan Howard homered right behind him, helping the Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 on Tuesday night.
“Fortunately, he got one at the right time when we needed it the most,” Howard said.
Rookie Steve Schmoll (2-1) squandered a 2-1 lead he inherited from starter Brad Penny after seven innings and was charged with five runs in two-thirds of an inning as the defending NL West champs fell seven games behind division-leading San Diego.
“Brad pitched a great game tonight, but I let my teammates down by not making my pitches,” Schmoll said. “The positives and negatives are all learning experiences. It’s tougher to learn from the negatives, but that’s just part of the game.”
Penny allowed a run and six hits in seven innings and is winless in six starts. The right-hander didn’t get any help from Kent, who struck out his first four times up—the first three times with two men on base. The 2000 NL MVP came in batting a league-leading .400 with runners in scoring position and had a team-high 75 RBIs.
“We definitely have a lot of respect for Kent because he’s a tremendous hitter and he’s a guy who can put a good hurt on you,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
“Every at-bat we approached him a different way and did a real good job on him. We moved the ball on him a little and threw him a lot of high fastballs and some sliders. We got him tonight, but we’ve got to work hard to get him tomorrow night, too.”
“You’ve got to try to jump on whoever you can. And with Penny being out of the game, that’s what we did,” Howard said. “We’ve been struggling, trying to get runs home, and got a breakthrough inning in the eighth when we needed it. That was big.”
Ryan Madson (5-4) pitched a perfect seventh for the win. Ugueth Urbina allowed Ricky Ledee’s two-run homer, the ninth of his career as a pinch-hitter, in the eighth and Billy Wagner got the final three outs.
The Dodgers, who stranded six baserunners in the first four innings against rookie Robinson Tejeda, snapped a scoreless tie in the fifth. Cesar Izturis drew a leadoff walk before Oscar Robles’ hit-and-run single to left field—on a pitch that bounced before it crossed the plate.
Milton Bradley followed with another opposite-field hit that skipped over third base for an RBI double. Kent struck out with runners at second and third, but Olmedo Saenz got Robles home with a broken-bat groundout.
The Phillies got a run back in the sixth when Lofton singled, stole second and scored on Bobby Abreu’s two-out single. Lofton’s steal was the 557th of his career, tying former Dodger Davey Lopes for 24th all-time and leaving him one behind another ex-Dodger, Brett Butler.
Tejeda barely made it out of a 26-pitch first inning unscathed, striking out Jose Valentin with the bases loaded after falling behind him 3-0. Valentin, who missed 78 games with torn knee ligaments before returning from the disabled list on July 31, is 4-for-21 with runners in scoring position.
Tejeda allowed two runs, five hits and four walks in five innings and finished with a career-high eight strikeouts. The right-hander has allowed no more than two earned runs in nine of his 10 starts, with a 2.24 ERA in that role.
Former Phillies manager Gene Mauch, who began his big league playing career as a shortstop with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1944, was remembered with a moment of silence by the crowd of 44,556. Mauch died Monday of cancer at age 79. “I always heard people say he was the greatest manager who never won a pennant—but when he was managing against you, he was a very smart adversary and formidable one that I had great respect for,” said former Dodgers SS Maury Wills, who played for Mauch in Montreal during the Expos’ inaugural 1969 season. “He was a great baseball man and a great baseball mind. He had that Leo Durocher mentality, and he enhanced it.” … Manuel spent the final two seasons of his playing career in the Dodgers organization (1974-75) and played in 19 games for the big club (3-for-17). … The Dodgers acquired OF Jose Cruz Jr. from Boston for a player to be named.
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