LOS ANGELES -- Carlos Ruiz capped a big night -- and a big series -- with a two-run double in the top of the ninth inning to help lift the Phillies to a 7-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium.
Ruiz’s double off bearded reliever Brian Wilson broke a 3-3 tie and bailed out reliever Mike Adams, who had allowed a game-tying homer to Adrian Gonzalez in the seventh inning.
Ruiz batted second as Jimmy Rollins did not start. He reached base five times with three hits and two walks.
Cody Asche got the ninth inning going with a single off Wilson. The hit was just Asche’s third in his last 27 at-bats. Asche also made a defensive gem at third base.
The victory gave the Phillies a series victory over the Dodgers. The Phils took three of four. Ruiz had two doubles, a homer and four RBIs in Monday night’s win. He was 7 for 14 in the series.
The Phillies are 11-11 and 4-3 on the 10-game road trip.
Starting pitching report
Kyle Kendrick gave up 10 hits but just two runs over 5 2/3 innings. He exited with a one-run lead.
Dodgers starter Dan Haren allowed three runs over six innings but only one was earned.
Jake Diekman struck out pinch-hitter Matt Kemp with runners on first and second to preserve the Phillies’ one-run lead in the sixth. However, Adams gave up the lead when he surrendered up a booming, first-pitch homer to Gonzalez with one out in the seventh.
Adams stayed on, pitched a scoreless eighth and received the win. It was the first time he’d pitched two innings since June 2010.
Jonathan Papelbon closed it out in the ninth.
Wilson fell to 0-2 with the loss.
At the plate
Marlon Byrd doubled in two runs in the fifth inning for the Phillies. Byrd padded the Phillies’ lead with a two-run single in the ninth.
Freddy Galvis started at shortstop and went 0 for 5. He is 1 for 25 on the season.
Gonzalez’s home run traveled 431 feet and landed in the seats in center. Juan Uribe belted a two-run homer off Kendrick in the fourth inning.
In the field
Asche, back at third base after three games out of the starting lineup, made a huge defensive play to save a run and preserve a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth. Asche backhanded a ball behind the bag and made a snap throw to the plate to cut down Hanley Ramirez. The play was reviewed to determine whether catcher Ruiz blocked the plate. After a three-minute, 18-second review, the call stood.
Meanwhile, Galvis, who started at shortstop in place of the resting Rollins, made a knucklehead play when he took his time on a routine ground ball by Uribe in the bottom of the sixth. Uribe capitalized on Galvis’ nonchalance and beat the ball out for a hit. Uribe died on second with his team down a run when Diekman struck out Kemp to end the inning.
Dodgers first baseman Gonzalez made a costly error that eventually resulted in two unearned runs in the Phillies’ three-run fifth.
The Phillies open a three-game series in Arizona against the Diamondbacks on Friday night. Here are the pitching matchups:
Friday: RH Roberto Hernandez (1-0, 5.75) vs. RH Josh Collmenter (0-2, 4.50)
Saturday: LH Cliff Lee (3-2, 3.09) vs. RH Bronson Arroyo (1-2, 9.50)
Sunday: RH A.J. Burnett (0-1, 2.73) vs. RH Brandon McCarthy (0-4, 6.23).