Dan Haren was going for his fourth win of the season heading into Thursday night’s game as he faced off against Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick. In the first, both starters pitched scoreless inning giving up just one hit each.
Haren seemed to have his work cut out for him at the start of the second after allowing Marlon Byrd to double, followed by another base hit from Domonic Brown to begin the inning. With runners on first and third, Haren worked himself out of the situation by striking out the next three batters. In the bottom of the inning, Juan Uribe hit a flare with two outs but was stranded on base.
Yasiel Puig recored the first out of the third with a one-handed grab. Carlos Ruiz followed with a walk and Chase Utley then singled to right field. Haren recovered again and left runners on first and second. At the end of the top of the third, Puig went into the clubhouse after crashing into the wall while attempting to catch a foul ball. Kendrick finished out the third with another scoreless inning, giving up just one base hit to Carl Crawford.
Puig returned to the field in the fourth, and Haren breezed through a quick inning. The Dodger bats then began to heat up in the bottom of the inning. Adrian Gonzalez hit a leadoff double, and with two outs, Uribe blasted two run homer to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 2-0 edge.
Haren struggled in the fifth inning and fell victim to a Gonzalez error. After Ben Revere and Ruiz both singled, Utley was safe on an error and Revere scored, putting the Phillies on the board. With two outs, Byrd hit a line drive to right field for a two-run double that gave the Phillies a 3-2 lead. The Dodgers were on the verge of tying the game up after Gonzalez hit a single to advance Hanley Ramirez to third base, but the shortstop was later nailed at the plate on an a poor decision to try and score.
In the sixth, Haren began to regain composure, retiring the batters in order. Uribe hustled for a leadoff single and advanced to second after a Dee Gordon line drive to center. Jake Diekman replaced Kendrick, and the reliever struck out Matt Kemp, who pinch-hit for Crawford.
Chris Withrow entered the game of Haren in the seventh inning. Although Withrow began his outing by walking Carlos Ruiz, he was able to finish the inning with a double play. Mike Adams came out of the bullpen for the bottom of the inning and gave up a solo homer to Gonzalez, which tied the game. Heading into the eighth, Withrow was replaced by Chris Perez who threw a quick 1-2-3 inning as did Adams in the bottom of the inning.
Brian Wilson then came out for the ninth. After giving up a leadoff single to Cody Asche, a Revere grounder got past Ramirez to put a man on first and second. Ruiz broke the tie with a double to right field, scoring Asche and Revere to give the Phillies the 5-3 edge. With one out, Wilson intentionally walked Utley to face Ryan Howard, then hit Howard with an inside pitch. Don Mattingly brought Jamey Wright onto the mound with the bases loaded. Wright gave up another two runs on a Byrd single, which increased the Phillies’ lead to 7-3.
Wright was finally able to record the final two outs in the top of the ninth, but the Dodgers were unable to spark a rally against Jonathan Papelbon and dropped a third game to the Phillies.
Dodgers Story: Yasiel Puig’s Shocking Escape From Cuba