Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp may have been bruised and battered at times this season, perhaps unrecognizable to themselves. But both combined to haunt the streets of Philadelphia, helping the Dodgers a 6-4 win over the Phillies at Dodger Stadium.
The win was the sixth in a row for the Dodgers, doubling their previous season-best win streak.
The Dodgers looked like they were going to bust things open against rookie starter Jonathan Pettibone. Seemingly every ball, even the outs, were hit hard in the first inning, and the Dodgers tallied three runs, including an RBI double by Kemp, in his second start since returning from the disabled list. Andre Ethier followed with a two-run double.
But after the Phillies' cut the lead to 3-1 in the second inning on a home run by Domonic Brown, Pettibone settled down on the mound. He retired 15 straight batters and finished his night with a quality start.
Philadelphia on offense continued to chip away at Zack Greinke. Four consecutive hits in the fifth inning tied the game at 3-3, and then Chase Utley homered in the seventh to give the Phillies a 4-3 lead. It was the 12th hit off Greinke, the most allowed by a Dodgers starting pitcher this season. But what looked even worse was that Puig appeared to hurt himself on the play, mostly because he failed to heed the first word of the name "warning track" in right field.
But the Dodgers recovered in the bottom of the inning, with Pettibone out of the game.
They rallied to put a couple runners on base, with a wee bit of help from Ryan Howard doing his best London Bridge impression. With the bases loaded and two outs, Puig took the third consecutive slider low and away into left field for a two-run single to give the Dodgers back the lead.
Kemp picked up his second hit with an eighth inning single, then abused Antonio Bastardo by stealing second and third base. Kemp on the season is 9-for-9 in stolen base attempts. One fly ball by A.J. Ellis later and the Dodgers had an insurance run, brought home by the healthy legs of Kemp.
Kenley Jansen, working his fifth game in six days, needed 19 pitches but retired the side for his seventh save.
After the game the Phillies optioned infielder Freddy Galvis to Triple-A, per Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, to make room for John McDonald, who was acquired via trade from Cleveland earlier Thursday.
Chris Capuano looks to get lucky number seven on Friday, and looks to extend his scoreless streak of 11 innings. It's a battle of southpaws, as John Lannan makes his third start since coming off the disabled list for the Phillies.
Home runs: Domonic Brown (21), Chase Utley (9)
WP - Zack Greinke (5-2): 7 IP, 12 hits, 4 runs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts
LP - Justin De Fratus (2-2): ⅔ IP, 2 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout
Sv - Kenley Jansen (7): 1 IP, 1 hit