LOS ANGELES – After rallying to tie the game in the top of the ninth inning Saturday night, the Phillies lost, 4-3, to the Los Angeles Dodgers on a single by A.J. Ellis in the bottom of the ninth inning.
The hit came against reliever Justin De Fratus, who had allowed a leadoff single to Hanley Ramirez and a one-out walk to Andre Ethier. Ramirez ran through a stop sign to score the winning run.
Despite getting 11 hits, it was not a good offensive night for the Phils, who were 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base. One of those 11 stranded men was Domonic Brown, who tripled with two outs in the ninth and died at third when Kenley Jansen fanned Delmon Young.
The Phils are 3-3 on the trip and 39-43 overall.
Starting pitching report
Cliff Lee had one bad inning, the first. He allowed a single and a walk with one out. Ramirez then belted a long, three-run homer on a first-pitch changeup.
Lee was strong over the remainder of his seven-inning outing. He struck out 10 and walked three. The left-hander was impressive pitching out of a no-outs, bases-loaded jam in the fourth inning. He made a nice play to start a key 1-2-3 double play.
Lee allowed just five runs in 15 innings over two starts on this trip. The Phils lost both games.
Korean lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu was as good as advertised, holding the Phillies to seven hits and two runs – both Chase Utley homers – over seven innings.
J.C. Ramirez and Jake Diekman combined on a scoreless eighth inning for the Phils. That proved important when the Phils rallied to tie the game in the ninth.
Dodgers’ right-hander Ronald Belisario allowed a single to Delmon Young and a pinch-hit double to Laynce Nix in the eighth. He got the second out of the inning on a bases-loaded fielder’s choice, and J.P. Howell came on to end the threat by getting Kevin Frandsen on a bases-loaded grounder to shortstop.
Jansen blew the save in the top of the ninth, but he didn’t get much help from his defense, which committed two errors in the inning. Jansen did get a big out with Brown on third to end the top of the ninth.
At the plate
Utley smacked his 10th and 11th homers.
The Phillies tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the ninth. Michael Young singled and took second on an error by rightfielder Yasiel Puig. Young went to third on a ground out by Utley and scored from third when centerfielder Matt Kemp made an errant throw to the plate on a shallow fly ball by Jimmy Rollins.
In the field
The Dodgers made two costly errors in the outfield in the top of the ninth inning to set up the tying run for the Phillies.
Slumping Ryan Howard did not start for the second straight day. He is expected to return to the lineup on Sunday afternoon.
The Phillies are giving struggling Cole Hamels a few extra days off before his next start (see story).
The Phillies and Dodgers close out the four-game series on Sunday afternoon. Kyle Kendrick (7-4, 3.46) and Stephen Fife (2-2, 3.41) are the pitchers. Both are right-handers.