LOS ANGELES (AP) — Defense continues to be a problem for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who aren't getting enough offense to compensate for it.
Domonic Brown doubled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning after Carl Crawford's costly error in left field, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the defending NL West champions 3-2 Tuesday night.
Carlos Ruiz reached second base when his flyball to short left glanced off Crawford's glove as shortstop Hanley Ramirez nearly collided with him. Brown followed with a drive to the fence in left-center on a 1-1 pitch from J.P. Howell (1-2).
"We both were coming hard and came up short," Crawford said. "Neither of us called for it. I didn't think it was clearly my ball. I was in no-doubles (mode), so that's a long run for me. But I still got to it. I just didn't catch it. It was one of those things where it didn't do our way that time."
The error was the Dodgers' 22nd in their first 21 games.
"What can I say? It just happened," Ramirez said. "It's a play that has to be made. Hopefully it doesn't happen again."
At least Ramirez got some good news Tuesday, when Major League Baseball rescinded an error he was charged with April 13 on a grounder by Arizona's Chris Owings and credited Owings with a hit. But Ramirez gave it right back in the Phillies' second inning when he misplayed Brown's grounder after a single by Ryan Howard.
"It's tough because we're not hitting the way we want to right now, so defense is one of the things you have to do every day to help the pitchers out," said Crawford, who drove in the Dodgers' first run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth against A.J. Burnett.
"Things like that definitely make the errors more obvious, and you could see that it looks worse when it happens — like tonight. We're not doing it right now in defense, so it's something we definitely need to address."
One night after Philadelphia's Cliff Lee held the defending NL West champions to four hits through eight scoreless innings, Burnett took a four-hitter and a 2-1 lead into the seventh. But birthday boy Dee Gordon legged out a double to short right-center with one out, stole third and scored when pinch-hitter Justin Turner singled to left on Burnett's 105th and final pitch.