Dee Gordon, on the anniversary of his major league debut, hit a two-run single in the sixth inning to give the Dodgers the lead and turned a tricky hop into a double play in the bottom of the eighth, helping the Dodgers to an 6-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
James Loney drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the ninth inning for an insurance run that was very much needed, as Kenley Jansen allowed a run in the ninth inning before closing the door for his ninth save. Jansen was pitching for the third day in a row, the first time he has done that this season and the second time he has done so in his career. Jansen, after throwing 26 total pitches Monday and Tuesday, threw 32 pitches on Wednesday.
The Dodgers have beaten the Phillies three straight times, all by one run.
Down 1-0, Adam Kennedy led off the third inning with a single, and scored on Tony Gwynn Jr.'s triple off the right field wall. Chris Capuano followed with a ground ball to first base that John Mayberry couldn't handle, and Gwynn scored to take the lead.
A hit by pitch and a walk loaded the bases with one out for Andre Ethier, but the Dodgers couldn't add to their advantage. Ethier lofted a fly ball to Juan Pierre in left field, but third base coach Tim Wallach was conservative on the shallow fly out and Capuano was held at third. A.J. Ellis grounded out to end the inning.
Capuano took a 2-1 lead into the fifth inning, but home runs by Ty Wigginton and Jimmy Rollins gave the Phillies a two-run lead and ended Capuano's night after five innings. Capuano struck out five, walked one, and allowed just four hits, but three of those hits left the park as he allowed a season-high three home runs.
The Dodgers built another scoring situation in the top of the sixth inning, and this time they made Kyle Kendrick pay. Kendrick pitched around Tony Gwynn Jr. and intentionally walked him to load the bases with two outs, then couldn't find the strike zone and walked Jerry Hairston Jr. unintentionally to bring in a run.
Still clinging to a one-run lead, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel brought in the left-handed Raul Valdes after Kendrick's fifth walk of the night. But Gordon greeted Valdes with a line-drive single to right field to deliver two runs and regain the advantage for the Dodgers.
Todd Coffey came into the game in the bottom of the sixth inning with a one-run lead, a rare appearance in a close game for the big man. Coffey pitched the 10th inning of a tie game in the third game of the season, but since then only saw action three times when the lead or deficit was three runs or less, and all three of those came when down two.
In the higher leverage role, Coffey excelled, retiring four of the five batters he faced, including one strikeout. Scott Elbert followed by inducing two fly outs to end the seventh, and Josh Lindblom pitched a scoreless eighth.
- Elian Herrera doubled and had two walks on Wednesday, and has a hit in 15 of his 17 starts this season.
- Andre Ethier went 0-for-5 and is in an 0-for-17 slump.
Aaron Harang gets the call on Thursday morning for the Dodgers on getaway day, facing the crown jewel of the upcoming pitching free agent market, Cole Hamels. The Dodgers on Thursday will try to pull a reverse Milwaukee, as they have never swept a four-game series at Philadelphia.
Home Runs: Shane Victorino (7), Ty Wigginton (6), Jimmy Rollins (3)
WP - Chris Capuano (8-2): 5 IP, 4 hits, 4 runs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts
LP - Kyle Kendrick (2-5): 5 2/3 IP, 5 hits, 5 runs, 5 walks, 6 strikeouts
Sv - Kenley Jansen (9): 1 IP, 1 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 1 HBP, 1 strikeout