Dodgers Comeback to Sweep Phillies


Posted Jun 7, 2012


Aaron Harang got his 100th career victory as Los Angeles overcame a two-run, sixth-inning deficit, and the Dodgers won 8-3 Thursday to complete their first four-game sweep at the Philadelphia Phillies in 66 years.

Aaron Harang got his 100th career victory as Los Angeles overcame a two-run, sixth-inning deficit, and the Dodgers won 8-3 Thursday to complete their first four-game sweep at the Philadelphia Phillies in 66 years.

Harang (5-3) allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings, improving to 100-98 in 11 big league seasons. The Dodgers had not swept a four-game series at Philadelphia since Brooklyn accomplished the feat from May 24-26, 1946, according to STATS LLC.

Cole Hamels (8-3) led by three runs early and 3-1 in the sixth when he walked Elian Herrera leading off. Juan Rivera singled and, one out later, James Loney singled to cut the deficit to one. Tony Gwynn Jr.'s single tied the score, and Matt Treanor's single on a broken-bat flare to left put Los Angeles ahead 4-3.

Philadelphia has lost a season-high six straight and has the NL's worst home record at 12-19.

Hamels, who had been 3-0 with a 1.18 ERA against the Dodgers in his career, gave up four runs - three earned - and six hits in six innings with six strikeouts and a walk.

Los Angeles added four runs in the ninth against Chad Qualls. Herrera hit an RBI grounder with the bases loaded that second baseman Mike Fontenot booted for one of Philadelphia's three errors. Andre Ethier stopped an 0-for-16 slide with a two-run double, and Jerry Hairston Jr. followed with an RBI single.

Philadelphia took a 3-0 lead in the third following throwing errors by Alex Castellanos in right and Herrera at third. Hunter Pence hit an RBI grounder as Herrera threw wildly to the plate, Ty Wigginton had a sacrifice fly and Mike Fontenot a run-scoring bloop single.

Wigginton, starting at third base in place of injured Placido Polanco, misplayed consecutive grounders by Herrera and Juan Rivera starting the fourth, leading to Hairston's sacrifice fly.

NOTES: The Phillies recalled INF-OF Michael Martinez from Lehigh Valley to fill the roster spot vacated when 2B Freddy Galvis was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a lower-back strain. ... The Phillies open interleague play Friday night in Baltimore, with Joe Blanton (4-6) opposing Jake Arrieta (2-7). ... The Dodgers send Nathan Eovaldi (0-2) to the mound Friday night in Seattle, against the Mariners' Kevin Millwood (3-5). ... The Phils announced that retired catcher Mike Lieberthal will be added to the team's Wall of Fame during ceremonies before the Aug. 10 game against St. Louis. ... The announced attendance was 44.096, the Phils' 235th consecutive regular-season sellout. ... Paula Abdul danced with the Phillie Phanatic on the field after the fifth inning.


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