Dodgers' pen crumbles in 9th in 7-3 loss to Phils

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 25, 2014 at 2:23 am •  Published: April 25, 2014
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers were facing a team with the worst bullpen ERA in the majors and got outscored 4-1 in the final three innings.

Carlos Ruiz hit a tiebreaking two-run double off Brian Wilson in the ninth inning, Marlon Byrd added a two-run single against Jamey Wright to give him four RBIs for the game, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Dodgers 7-3 Thursday night.

"This is a lot like games last year," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "You never saw us really go out and throw a bunch of runs up offensively. We've got to continually grind."

Adrian Gonzalez — whose fielding error in the fifth led to two runs — had tied the game 3-all in the seventh with a solo homer to center against former San Diego Padres teammate Mike Adams before Philadelphia scored 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 pitch 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 having 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.

Both managers lost replay challenges.

The defending NL West champions 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."

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly requested a review from umpire Mike DiMuro based on the new rule pertaining to home plate collisions. It took several minutes but the call was upheld.

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