LOS ANGELES – The Phillies fell to a season-high 9 1/2 games out of first place in a demoralizing 6-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Dodgers out-hit the Phils, 14-6. The Phils were on their way to being shut out for the eighth time this season before Jimmy Rollins' RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. The Phils have been held to two or fewer runs in 27 of 83 games.
The Phils lost three of four to the Dodgers, who have won eight of nine. The Phillies are 3-4 on this trip with three games remaining against Pittsburgh, baseball’s first 50-win team this season.
Overall, the Phils are 39-44.
Starting pitching report
Kyle Kendrick (7-5) allowed 10 hits and four runs over six innings. He walked one and struck out two.
Kendrick allowed five singles and three runs in the fourth inning. The Dodgers stole second base twice in the fourth inning and both times the runner appeared to slide past the bag and be tagged out by Jimmy Rollins. Umpire Dale Scott did not agree. Both those stolen bases turned into runs.
Right-hander Stephen Fife (3-2) pitched seven shutout innings, walked one and struck out five. He allowed just four hits.
The Dodgers padded their lead with two runs against Jake Diekman in the eighth.
The Dodgers unveiled hard-throwing rookie right-hander Jose Dominquez in a scoreless eighth inning.
At the plate
The Phils were 1 for 6 with runners in scoring position. They were 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position in Saturday night’s loss. The Phils were 3 for 24 with runners in scoring position in their three losses to the Dodgers. Their only win was a freakish 16-1 victory Friday night.
Chase Utley was 6 for 13 with three homers and four RBIs in the first three games of the series, but he cooled off Sunday and had just a single in four at-bats. His single came with two outs in the ninth.
Ryan Howard returned to the lineup after a two-game benching against left-handed pitching. He went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. He is 0 for his last 20 with 11 strikeouts.
Phenom Yasiel Puig had four hits for the Dodgers to finish the month with 44, breaking Steve Sax’s Dodgers’ rookie record of 43.
Puig’s 44 hits were the second-most ever by a player in his first calendar month in the big leagues. Joe DiMaggio had 48 in May 1936.
Kendrick was hit in the back of the head by a pitch in the sixth inning. He was checked after the game and diagnosed with a mild concussion. He will undergo tests in Pittsburgh on Monday. Major League Baseball has a seven-day disabled list for players with concussion symptoms. Kendrick had a headache after the game. He was unsure whether he'd need to miss a start (see story).
The Phillies are off Monday. They open a three-game series at Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. The Pirates, who haven’t had a winning season since 1992, were the first team to 50 wins this season and entered Sunday with the majors’ best record.
Pittsburgh took three of four from the Phillies in Philadelphia earlier this season. The Phils are just 4-8 in Pittsburgh over the last four seasons. Pirates starters for the coming series are a combined 13-1.
Here are the pitching matchups:
Tuesday night – RH Jonathan Pettibone (3-3, 4.17) vs. LH Jeff Locke (7-1, 2.06)
Wednesday night – LH John Lannan (1-2, 4.83) vs. RH Jeanmar Gomez (2-0, 2.76)
Thursday afternoon – LH Cole Hamels (2-11, 4.58) vs. RH Gerrit Cole (4-0, 3.70)