LOS ANGELES (AP) — Freddy Galvis hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning to help the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-2 on Wednesday.
Ryan Howard added a three-run, pinch double in the ninth.
Los Angeles closer Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth, even with the Dodgers down 3-2, and loaded the bases. Howard hit the bases-clearing double to right for insurance runs in the victory that dropped the Dodgers a game behind first-place San Francisco in the NL West.
Dodgers starter Scott Kazmir struck out six and allowed four hits. He left after 100 pitches with two runners on and no outs in the seventh inning.
Left-hander Grant Dayton, after striking out the first batter he faced, gave up the Galvis’ homer into the left-field bullpen. The Philadelphia shortstop has 11 home runs this season.
Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson allowed one earned run and struck out seven in five innings. He left after 71 pitches with back tightness.
Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was hit in the right hand and wrist area by Elvis Araujo’s pitch in the sixth inning. Seager went down in pain and was attended to by a trainer, but stayed in the game. He doubled in his next at-bat, a shot to center in the eighth inning.
The Dodgers scored in the first inning on Adrian Gonzalez’s doubled to right, and cut it to 3-2 in the seventh on Rob Segedin’s RBI single.
Josh Reddick is 5 for 32 with the Dodgers since being acquired from Oakland.
Before the game, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said about Reddick’s slow offensive start: “I have seen him as a very productive player for a long time. I think you can see the body language a little bit when you hit a ball hard, and it gets caught in left-center field or you square a ball up and the second baseman is there. Maybe a little bit of over-swinging, but he’ll be fine.”
QUOTE OF THE DAY
Roberts on not calling a team meeting after ace Clayton Kershaw went down with a back injury.
“It was something that at that point in time, I felt we were trending in the right direction as a team. And, we have a lot of conversations individually and with certain groups or as a team about what it takes to win and be better every day. I thought the guys were understanding what me and the coaches were trying to talk about on a daily basis. I just trusted that and felt that I didn’t need to call a team meeting to state the obvious.”
Dodgers: LHP Rich Hill (blister on finger) had his latest expected start pushed back again for precautionary measures. There is no scheduled date for him to come off the disabled list. RHP Brandon McCarthy will throw a bullpen session on Thursday and could start this weekend.
Phillies: On Friday, RHP Jake Thompson (0-1, 12.46) will make his second major league start in a home series with the Colorado Rockies. In his debut last Saturday, Thompson allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings against the San Diego Padres.
Dodgers: RHP Ross Stripling (3-3, 3.79) will make his second straight start Friday in place of Bud Norris, who is on the 15-day DL with a back strain. He threw five scoreless innings against Boston on Saturday. Prior to that, the rookie right-hander hadn’t started a game since May 19.
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