PHILADELPHIA -- This was one nifty day for Aaron Harang and the Los Angeles Dodgers . It was simply more of the same for the sliding Philadelphia Phillies . Harang pitched six effective innings to earn his 100th careervictory and the Dodgers won 8-3 Thursday to complete their firstfour-game sweep at Philadelphia in 66 years. Juan Rivera , Jerry Hairston Jr. , Matt Treanor and James Loney had two hits apiece for the Dodgers, who had not swept a four-gameseries at Philadelphia since Brooklyn accomplished the feat fromMay 24-26, 1946, according to STATS LLC. |
Manager Don Mattingly was not aware of the significance of thesweep until told by reporters afterward, and acknowledged it was"pretty cool." "We really just got the momentum going here," he said. Los Angeles, which improved its major league-best record to 37-21,scored three runs in the sixth to take a 4-3 lead, then broke itopen with four more runs in the ninth. The last-place Phillies (28-31) have dropped a season-high sixstraight games. They are 12-19 at Citizens Bank Park for the worsthome mark in the NL. Asked about his frustration level, manager Charlie Manuel said: "Inever put it up to a level.
I just feel how hot my face gets." Andit is, he said, "pretty damn hot." He also said that while teams used to fear facing the Phillies intheir cozy ballpark, that is no longer the case. "We don't scare (anybody)," he said. The Phillies have been beset by injuries, notably to Ryan Howard , Chase Utley and Roy Halladay . But infielder Ty Wigginton said: "That's just an excuse, in my mind." "I think we're a better team," outfielder Shane Victorino said.
"We've all got to get a gut check, including myself." Harang (5-3) allowed three runs and eight hits while improving to100-97 in 11 seasons. "Early on I was getting swings and misses from my fastball," hesaid. "Later I just tried to work on location. Fortunately I gotsome quick outs and kept my pitch count down." Cole Hamels (8-3) also pitched six innings for the Phillies, yielding fourruns, three earned, and six hits.
The left-hander struck out sixand walked one while dropping to 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA in six careerstarts against Los Angeles. Hamels carried a 3-1 lead into the sixth, but he couldn't hold offthe Dodgers, who have won five of six overall. Elian Herrera started the rally with a leadoff walk and Rivera followed with asingle. Loney drove in Herrera with a one-out base hit, and Tony Gwynn Jr.
and Treanor added two-out RBI singles. Treanor's tiebreakinghit was a broken-bat flare to left. Los Angeles added four runs in the ninth against Chad Qualls . Herrera hit a run-scoring grounder with the bases loaded thatsecond baseman Mike Fontenot booted for one of Philadelphia's three errors.
Andre Ethier stopped an 0-for-16 slide with a two-run double, and Hairstonfollowed with an RBI single. Philadelphia took a 3-0 lead in the third following throwing errorsby Alex Castellanos in right and Herrera at third. Hunter Pence hit an RBI grounder as Herrera threw wildly to the plate.Wigginton delivered a sacrifice fly and Fontenot had a run-scoringbloop single. Wigginton, starting at third base in place of injured Placido Polanco , misplayed consecutive grounders by Herrera and Rivera startingthe fourth, leading to Hairston's sacrifice fly.
Game notes The Phillies recalled INF-OF Michael Martinez from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to fill the roster spot vacated when2B Freddy Galvis was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a lower-back strain.... The Phillies open interleague play Friday night in Baltimore,with Joe Blanton (4-6) opposing Jake Arrieta (2-7). ... The Dodgers send Nathan Eovaldi (0-2) to the moundFriday night in Seattle, against Kevin Millwood (3-5). ..
The Phils announced that retired catcher Mike Lieberthal will be added to the team's Wall of Fame during ceremonies beforethe Aug. 10 game against St. Louis. ..
The announced attendancewas 44,096, the Phils' 235th consecutive regular-season sellout.... Paula Abdul danced with the Phillie Phanatic on the field afterthe fifth inning.
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