Instant Replay: Phillies 7, Dodgers 3

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Instant Replay: Phillies 7, Dodgers 3

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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.

Bullpen report
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.

Up next
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).

Phillies-Braves observations: Maikel Franco homers, Nick Pivetta tosses gem in final road game

Phillies-Braves observations: Maikel Franco homers, Nick Pivetta tosses gem in final road game

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ATLANTA — Phillies rookie Nick Pivetta outpitched Atlanta Braves rookie Luiz Gohara Sunday afternoon as the Phils salvaged the final game of a three-game series with a 2-0 win at steamy SunTrust Park.
 
Maikel Franco smacked his 21st homer and Aaron Altherr had an RBI double for the Phillies' two runs.
 
Pivetta (7-10) pitched six shutout innings and the bullpen did the rest.
 
The Phillies ended up with a 13-6 record against Atlanta this season, their best against any team.
 
• Pivetta has mostly struggled in 25 starts in his rookie season, but he's also had some very nice outings where his potential has really shined. This was one of them. His last start, in which he gave up two runs in six innings against the Dodgers, was a good one, too. So the right-hander seems to be finishing on a high note. He will have one more start before the end of the season. In a perfect world, Pivetta would have gotten more time at Triple A this season, but there was a need in the majors. Ultimately, he should benefit from his baptism by fire.
 
• Atlanta lefty Gohara was very good in his fourth big-league start. The 21-year-old from Brazil gave up just five hits, walked two and struck out nine. The only run he gave up came on Franco's homer.
 
• Pivetta did a good job pitching around trouble. He got two outs in the second inning after an error by Franco put a runner on second. He also pitched around sloppy infield play in the fifth. In the sixth, Pivetta knocked down a ball back to the box but was unable to start a double play. He stayed calm and got two outs to get out of the inning.
 
• The Phillies took a 1-0 lead on a solo homer by Franco in the top of the fifth. Franco turned on a first-pitch changeup from Gohara. The pitch was on the inside half of the plate — right in Franco's happy zone. Franco pulls off pitches away in the zone, but he kills mistakes inside. Franco will work on this flaw in winter ball this season (see story).
 
• Altherr doubled home an important insurance run for the Phillies in the eighth inning. Altherr has 61 RBIs on the season and 27 have come in the seventh inning or later.
 
• Good job by the Phillies' bullpen. Edubray Ramos and Adam Morgan pitched scoreless ball in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively. Morgan has allowed just two runs over his last 24 innings. That covers 18 appearances since Aug. 2. Hector Neris survived two hits in the ninth and picked up the save. He is perfect on is last 18 chances since June 28.

• The Phillies' first two hits of the game were singles to right field and both runners, Cesar Hernandez and Jorge Alfaro, were out trying to stretch at second base. Braves rightfielder Nick Markakis made two perfect throws. Hernandez needed to come out of the box quicker.
 
• The Phillies have a 35-40 record at home. They will play their final six games of the season at home beginning Monday night with the opener of a three-game series against the NL East champion Washington Nationals. Aaron Nola (12-10, 3.56) pitches against right-hander A.J. Cole (2-5, 4.43) on Monday night. Jake Thompson (2-2, 4.14) opposes lefty Gio Gonzalez (15-7, 2.68) on Tuesday night. Mark Leiter Jr. (3-6, 4.69) and right-hander Tanner Roark (13-10, 4.41) close out the series Wednesday night.

Today's Lineup: Tommy Joseph starts for first time since Wednesday

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Today's Lineup: Tommy Joseph starts for first time since Wednesday

The juggling of Rhys Hoskins and Tommy Joseph at first base will continue today in Atlanta.

After only appearing as a pinch-hitter in last night's loss to the Braves, Joseph will draw back into the lineup at first for the Phillies in today's series finale. He'll bat fifth, right behind Hoskins, who's in the clean-up spot for manager Pete Mackanin.

With Hoskins, a natural first baseman who's been adjusting to left field, tearing up the scene, questions are aplenty over what the Phils plan to do at the position. Hoskins isn't going anywhere, obviously, so the questions center around Joseph. Any at-bats he gets this last week are important for his audition.

Joseph is hitting .240 on the season, but he does have 22 homers and 68 RBIs on the season.

Today marks Joseph's first start since Wednesday's win over the Dodgers. He appeared as a pinch-hitter Thursday and last night, but he did not play at all Friday.

Hoskins is back in left this afternoon. He's up to 18 homers and 41 RBIs on his short MLB season. He did contribute an RBI double in last night's loss.

J.P. Crawford, who's batting seventh, moves back to his natural shortstop spot today after playing second last night for Cesar Hernandez. Freddy Galvis will have the afternoon off. Crawford has a .245 average and 6 RBIs in 17 games with the big club.

Odubel Herrera has the afternoon off, as well.

Both teams' full lineups can be found below:

Phillies
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Aaron Altherr, CF
3. Nick Williams, RF
4. Rhys Hoskins, LF
5. Tommy Joseph. !B
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. J.P. Crawford, SS
8. Jorge Alfaro, C
9. Nick, Pivetta, SP

Braves
1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Johan Camargo, 2B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Nick Markakis, RF
5. Kurt Suzuki, C
6. Rio Ruiz, 3B
7. Dansby Swanson, CF
8. Jace Pederson, LF
9. Luiz Gohara, SP