Dodgers 5, Phillies 4


LOS ANGELES -Andre Ethier hit a three-run homer, Luis Gonzalez added a tiebreaking solo shot in the sixth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4.

The NL West-leading Dodgers won their second consecutive series since the All-Star break.

Rudy Seanez (6-1) got the victory by throwing one perfect inning of relief and striking out one. Starter Chad Billingsley allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings, struck out four and walked four before turning it over to the bullpen, which gave up one hit in four scoreless innings.

Takashi Saito pitched the ninth for his 25th save in 28 chances.

Rookie Kyle Kendrick (4-1) gave up five runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings, struck out three and walked none.

Ryan Howard homered and scored three runs for the Phillies, who had 26 hits in a 15-3 victory Tuesday but just eight Wednesday.

Howard’s 25th homer leading off the second tied it at 1 before Carlos Ruiz’s RBI double to left made it 2-1. Gonzalez turned his back to attempt an over-the-shoulder catch on Ruiz’s ball and it bounced off his glove near the warning track.

The Phillies extended their lead to 3-1 in the third on Aaron Rowand’s RBI double.

Ethier gave the Dodgers a 4-3 lead in the fourth, sending a 1-2 pitch from Kendrick into the right-field pavilion. Philadelphia tied it at 4 in the fifth on Pat Burrell’s two-out RBI single.

Kendrick also gave up a homer to Gonzalez, his 11th, on a 2-1 pitch in the sixth that put the Dodgers back in front 5-4.

Notes: Russell Martin’s 17th stolen base in the first tied him with Lew Ritter for most by a Dodgers catcher. Ritter also swiped 17 in 1904. Martin is one short of the franchise record of 18, set by Con Daily in 1892. … The Phillies were held under their average of 6.8 runs this month. … Dodgers CF Juan Pierre extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a first-inning single.

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