The Dodgers played their fifth extra-inning game in the last two weeks and lost their fourth straight, this time on an unearned run in the 10th that resulted in a 3-2 victory by the Phillies at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers entered the day leading the majors in strikeouts and 25th in both hitting (.236) and on-base percentage (.303). Now they have scored two runs or less in six of the last eight games.
How it happened: Carlos Ruiz’s high pop fly into shallow left field in the 10th dropped to the grass after shortstop Hanley Ramirez and left-fielder Carl Crawford failed to communicate and collided. Crawford, who had mistimed his leap at the wall earlier in the game (resulting in a triple for Ruiz), was credited with the error because the ball caromed off his chest. Domonic Brown then came up off left-hander J.P. Howell and lined a double into the gap in left-center, driving in the go-head run.
Hits: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon, who has emerged as the team’s most productive hitter this month, collected his second hit of the game in the seventh. It was a routine one-out single up the middle for most players, but Gordon went into overdrive right out of the box and beat Marlon Byrd’s off-balance throw into second base. Gordon then stole third with another head-first slide. Philadelphia pitcher A.J. Burnett looked like he might get out of the jam when he struck out catcher Tim Federowicz. With the pitcher’s spot coming up in the batting order and no available left-handed hitters on the bench, the Dodgers were forced to go with utility infielder Justin Turner, who spotted a Burnett curveball left over the plate and rolled it into left field to tie the score at 2-2.
Stat of the game: Burnett did more than just flummox the Dodgers for 6 2/3 innings on the mound; he had a career-high three base hits.
Up next: The Dodgers and Phillies will meet for the third time in their four-game series Wednesday night as three-time All Star left-hander Cole Hamels of the Phillies will make his season debut against unbeaten right-hander Zack Greinke of the Dodgers, the 2009 Cy Young Award winner.