Dodgers Can’t Make Move
Twenty-five games are left, and that’s the problem when chasing four teams for the wild card.
The Dodgers (69-68) couldn’t gain any ground after being blanked by the Giants last Sunday, 3-0, with pitcher Jonathan Sanchez (10-8) tossing a three-hitter across seven innings, striking out nine and walking none.
His counterpart, Hiroki Kuroda (10-12), fanned eight, walked three, and allowed six hits and three runs (earned) over eight frames.
Juan Uribe drilled his 19th homer, a two-run shot in the seventh inning, and Pablo Sandoval (single and double) delivered a run batted in during the second inning.
On Saturday, the Giants rallied for a 5-4 win after the Dodgers scored four runs in the fourth inning.
The Giants (76-61) scored a run in the seventh on Buster Posey’s homer and then tacked on two runs in the eighth and ninth inning.
It was Uribe’s two-run homer in the ninth off closer Jonathan Broxton that was the dagger.
Dodgers pitcher Ted Lilly went seven innings, allowing three hits, and two runs (earned) with seven strikeouts and two walks.
Broxton (5-5) blew the save, and was tagged with the loss after giving up three hits, two runs (earned), fanning two and walking none.
Chad Billingsley (11-8) traversed eight innings of Friday’s 4-2 win, surrendering two hits, two runs (unearned), with seven strikeouts and two walks.
The Dodgers pounded Barry Zito (8-11) for four runs (earned) over four innings. Rod Barajas drilled a two-run homer (16th) in the second inning, while Billingsley drove in a pair with a single in the fourth.
Philadelphia throttled the Dodgers 5-1 on Wednesday, with Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino each smacking home runs. The pair combined to drive in three runs, with Rollins knocking in two. Chase Utley (three hits) drove in two.
Roy Oswalt (10-13) claimed the victory after working six and one-third innings. He walked six, struck out six, and allowed one hit.
Clayton Kershaw (11-9) took the loss. The left-hander went six innings, fanning 11, walking two and giving up two runs (earned) with five hits.
On Tuesday, the Phillies used a pair of three-run home runs from Ryan Howard (24th) and Brian Schneider.
The Phillies collected nine hits off six Dodgers pitchers, with four going for extra bases.
James Loney drove in three runs, hitting a two-run homer, and driving in a run with a bases-loaded walk. Jamey Carroll added an RBI with a grounder.
Kuroda’s bid for a no-hitter was dashed with one out in the eighth inning when Victorino singled as the Dodgers prevailed 3-0.
Kuroda fanned seven and walked two, while Roy Halladay (16-10) absorbed the loss after allowing 10 hits over seven innings.