Dodgers 5, Phillies 3


PHILADELPHIA – No matter what Jimmy Rollins does, the Philadelphia Phillies can’t win.

Rollins had three hits a day after his 38-game hitting streak ended, but Philadelphia lost its fourth straight game, 5-3 to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.

The Phillies are off to their worst start since opening 0-4 in 1987. They hadn’t started with four losses at home since 1977 when they finished 101-61 and won the second of three consecutive NL East titles.

Brett Tomko pitched six effective innings and the Dodgers took advantage of sloppy defense on a day they learned closer Eric Gagne will miss six to eight weeks following surgery to remove a nerve in his pitching elbow.

Tomko (1-0) allowed three runs and eight hits. Hong-Chih Kuo pitched two perfect innings, striking out four, and Danys Baez worked the ninth for his second save in two chances.

Jason Repko started the game with a single against Gavin Floyd, stole second and scored when Jose Cruz Jr.’s grounder bounced away from first baseman Ryan Howard for an error. James Loney’s two-out triple into the right-field corner made it 2-0.

Dioner Navarro had an RBI double to right-center field and Floyd walked J.D. Drew to force in a run to make it 4-0 in the second. An RBI single by Repko gave the Dodgers a 5-0 lead in the third.

The Phillies scored three times in the fourth on a pair of homers. Pat Burrell went deep to start the inning. Sal Fasano hit a two-run shot into the upper deck in left-center field to cut the deficit to 5-3.

Floyd (0-1) lasted just 2 2-3 innings, allowing five runs – three earned – and six hits. None of Philadelphia’s starters – Jon Lieber, Brett Myers, Cory Lidle and Floyd – have pitched more than five innings, and they have a 9.56 ERA.

Julio Santana followed Floyd and pitched 3 1-3 hitless innings.

Baez had 41 saves for Tampa Bay last season, but was acquired in a trade to be Gagne’s setup man.

Notes: Dodgers SS Rafael Furcal was scratched from the lineup because of a bruised right shin. … Before Fasano homered, his bat sailed into the stands on a missed swing and glanced off a young boy sitting behind the Dodgers dugout. The child was not injured. … Loney’s triple and RBI in the first inning both were career-firsts. … Tomko pitched on his 33rd birthday.

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