Nothing lasts forever, and so the Dodgers’ 10-game winning streak came to a halt this past Sunday as Philadelphia scored a run in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 3-2 victory at Citizens Bank Park.
With one out and the bases loaded, shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who also committed a throwing error earlier in the frame, bobbled Michael Young’s smash for a miscue as the winning run crossed the plate.
The Dodgers (72-51) came into the fray having won 42 of 50 games, tying the 1941 New York Yankees, and 1942 St. Louis Cardinals. Both would later claim a World Series banner.
Andre Ethier (two hits) lined a solo homer in the second for a 1-0 lead, while Jerry Hairston Jr. had a run-scoring hit in the fourth inning that brought home Ethier, who singled.
“We just didn’t do enough,’’ said Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly, whose team is now 25-4 since the All-Star break. “We just didn’t tack on any runs.”
With one-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw (12-7) on the hill for eight innings, striking out eight, walking one with three hits, the Dodgers blistered the Phillies, 5-0 on Saturday.
Juan Uribe (three hits) added a three-run shot in the ninth inning that put the match out of reach. Carl Crawford singled in the first inning, as did Yasiel Puig (two hits). Adrian Gonzalez reached on an error by first baseman John Mayberry Jr., and it plated Crawford.
Ramirez (two hits) clubbed a two-run bomb in the fourth, and it provided enough offense for Zack Greinke (11-3), who allowed three hits in seven and one-third frames as the Blue Crew shoved aside the Phillies, 4-0 on Friday.
It took 12 innings before the Dodgers were able to subdue the visiting New York Mets on Wednesday, 5-4. Ethier came off the bench and laced a two-run homer in the ninth that tied it at 4-4, and Gonzalez (three hits) had the game-clinching single.
A.J. Ellis and Nick Punto each drove in two runs for the Dodgers during Tuesday’s 4-2 win against the Mets.
Hyun-Jin Ryu (12-3) bested New York ace Matt Harvey (9-4) as he gave up five hits and one run (earned) over seven innings.
Gonzalez (three hits) had an RBI with a run, Puig a sacrifice fly, and Punto a solo homer that gave the Dodgers a 4-2 triumph over New York on Monday.