LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carlos Ruiz capped his most productive series of the season so far with another clutch hit, and made a key defensive play at the plate to help the Philadelphia Phillies win a series from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Ruiz stroked a tiebreaking two-run double off Brian Wilson in the ninth inning, Marlon Byrd drove in four runs and the Phillies won 7-3 on Thursday night to take three of four from the defending NL West champions.
Adrian Gonzalez — whose fielding error in the fifth led to two runs — tied the game 3-all in the seventh with a first-pitch homer to center off Mike Adams, his former Padres teammate. But Philadelphia came back with four in the ninth.
"I was basically trying to throw a backdoor cutter and it kind of ran back over the plate," Adams said. "Knowing Adrian from playing with him for many years, I knew he was going to be aggressive with the first pitch. I just missed my spot, and he did what he does."
Ruiz regained the lead for the Phillies when he lined a 3-2 delivery down the right field line with one out after singles by Cody Asche and Ben Revere. Byrd greeted Jamey Wright with a bases-loaded two-run single after Wilson (0-2) intentionally walked Chase Utley and hit Ryan Howard with a pitch.
Adams (1-0), making his third appearance after undergoing shoulder surgery last July 31 and missing the first two weeks of the season, pitched two innings for the victory despite allowing Gonzalez's homer.
"It's been a while since I went two innings," Adams said. "When I came in after the seventh, they asked me if I could stretch it out and go back out for one more. So I said: 'Let's give it a try and see how it goes.'"
Both managers lost replay challenges.
The Dodgers were trailing 3-2 in the fifth when Asche, the Phillies third baseman, fielded Yasiel Puig's grounder behind the bag and threw home, where Ruiz tagged out Hanley Ramirez as he came in standing up without a collision.
"That was a big play," Ruiz said. "It was a good throw. I was lucky because those plays happen so fast, you don't have time to think, but I got the ball early. I was on the side of home plate a little bit and he had room to slide, but he didn't and we got the out. I was still a little worried it would get changed because now with the replay, you never know."
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