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Kuroda, Dodgers douse Phillies

Aug 15, 2008 - 5:24 AM LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Hiroki Kuroda outdueled Brett Myers as the Los Angeles Dodgers downed the Philadelphia Phillies, 3-1, on Thursday to remain tied for first place in the National League West.

Kuroda (7-8) pitched seven innings of two-hit ball, allowing one run. He struck out seven. Hong-Chi Kuo pitched the last two innings for his first save to complete the Dodgers' first four-game sweep of the Phillies in 46 years.

"We are trying to build momentum," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "Kuroda could've gone longer in the game, but we had a chance to knock in another run, which is big against a lineup like the Phillies. Kuroda pitched a great game for us and kept a powerful offense off the scoreboard."

Myers (5-10) pitched seven innings, allowing three runs and five hits while striking out eight.

"We are busting our rear ends right now and not getting wins," Myers said. "I don't think I pitched well because I lost. You pitch well when you win and I'm not satisfied with any loss or any win for that matter. It's just frustrating."

The Phillies (64-57) fell a game behind the New York Mets (65-56), who defeated the Washington Nationals and took over sole possession of first place in the National League East.

"It was a tough series for our club," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "We need to forget about this series and get ready to play better baseball this weekend."

The Dodgers, who are tied with the Arizona Diamondbacks at 62-59, took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when James Loney tripled and scored on a groundout by Nomar Garciaparra.

They upped the margin to 2-0 in the sixth when Matt Kemp blast a homer to center field, his 14th.

"I'm just seeing the ball and getting into a good groove at the plate, so I'm just trying to make things happen," Kemp said. "The pitcher made a mistake pitch and I hit the mistake for a home run. Anytime we can sweep any team is a good thing, because it means we are playing good baseball."

The Phillies managed a run in the seventh as Jayson Werth doubled, took third on a groundout and came home on Ryan Howard's sacrifice fly to left field.

"We've got to see if there is heart left and we've got find out how to win games," Howard said. "We are not getting key hits right now and I have never seen that before from this team."

The Dodgers countered in the bottom half. Russell Martin singled, stole second and came home on a single by Casey Blake to left field.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    PHILADELPHIA 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 7 1
    LA DODGERS 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 2 1 7 12 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: PHI - JOE BLANTON, RYAN MADSON (6TH), CHAD DURBIN (8TH), J.C. ROMERO
    (8TH), CLAY CONDREY (9TH) AND CARLOS RUIZ
    LOS - BRAD PENNY, JASON JOHNSON (4TH), JOE BEIMEL
    (6

    Aug 14 1:18 AM


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    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY NOMAR GARCIAPARRA (6) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 9TH OFF CLAY CONDREY.
    FINAL SCORE: LA DODGERS 7, PHILADELPHIA 6

    Phillies 6, Dodgers 7  Bot 9, 0 OutsAug 14 1:18 AM


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    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JEFF KENT SCORED RUSSELL MARTIN AND JUAN PIERRE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J KENT ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 6
    LA DODGERS 6 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: M RAMIREZ (.467, 1-FOR-3, BB, HR, 2 RBI)

    Phillies 6, Dodgers 6  Bot 8, 0 OutsAug 14 12:59 AM
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    RUWTbot Added 72 roots (Close Finish)

    Phillies 6, Dodgers 6  Bot 8, 0 OutsAug 14 12:59 AM
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    RUWTbot Added 32 roots

    Phillies 6, Dodgers 4  Bot 5, 0 OutsAug 13 11:46 PM


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    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ANDRE ETHIER (12) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 4TH OFF JOE BLANTON.
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 6, LA DODGERS 4
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: J KENT (.270, 2-FOR-2)

    Phillies 6, Dodgers 4  Bot 4, 0 OutsAug 13 11:31 PM


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    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY MANNY RAMIREZ (5) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH
    0 OUT IN THE 3RD OFF JOE BLANTON SCORED JEFF KENT.
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 6, LA DODGERS 3
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: J LONEY (.296, 0-FOR-0, BB, RBI)

    Phillies 6, Dodgers 3  Bot 3, 0 OutsAug 13 11:10 PM


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    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY JAYSON WERTH (16) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 2ND OFF BRAD PENNY SCORED CARLOS RUIZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 6, LA DODGERS 1
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: C UTLEY (.290, 0-FOR-0, HBP)

    Phillies 6, Dodgers 1  Top 2, 0 OutsAug 13 10:42 PM


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    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO JAMES LONEY SCORED ANDRE ETHIER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J LONEY ON FIRST, M RAMIREZ ON SECOND, J
    KENT ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 4
    LA DODGERS 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: C BLAKE (.297, 3 HR, 9 RBI)

    Phillies 4, Dodgers 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsAug 13 10:29 PM


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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
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    PHILADELPHIA 4 4 2 0
    LA DODGERS 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: PHI - JOE BLANTON
    LOS - BRAD PENNY

    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: M KEMP (.302, 13 HR, 61 RBI)
    A ETHIER (.275, 11 HR, 48 RBI)
    J KENT (.266, 11 HR, 52 RBI)

    Phillies 4, Dodgers 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsAug 13 10:18 PM