Phils use 4-run 7th to stay tough on Dodgers

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Still, the Dodgers can clinch the division with a win and a D-backs loss on Wednesday.

“It was nice to beat the Dodgers with [Clayton Kershaw, 4-3 in Monday’s series opener] and [Yu Darvish] pitching,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. “It’s a great way to start the series. The guys have come alive.”

Nola's strong seven-inning start

Hoskins cleared the bases with two out on the 36th pitch of the seventh inning from beleaguered Dodgers reliever Pedro Baez (3-6). The Dodgers had a two-run lead on Yasmani Grandal‘s home run in the third inning and Curtis Granderson‘s RBI double off winning pitcher Nola (12-10) in the fourth, but the Phillies tied it on an unearned run off Darvish in the sixth and a bases-loaded walk by Odubel Herrera that preceded Hoskins’ double. Aaron Altherr homered in the eighth off Brock Stewart.

Darvish allowed one unearned run in 5 1/3 innings, and he delivered back-to-back solid starts for the first time since being acquired in a trade with the Rangers to be the No. 2 starter in the postseason. He had seven strikeouts, reaching 200 in a season for the third time in the Major Leagues.

Darvish's 200th strikeout

“I think I’m in a pretty good place,” Darvish said. “I think I’m where I need to be at this time of the season.”

Grandal's 20th homer

Grandal’s home run was his 20th, giving the Dodgers six players with at least that many in a season for the first time. A win by the Nationals over the Braves left the Dodgers’ magic number for clinching home-field advantage in the first two rounds of the postseason at eight.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
One short at-bat: A late walk for the Phillies led to a game-changing extra-base hit for the second night in a row. Herrera drew a quick four-pitch walk off an erratic Baez with the bases loaded to tie the score at 2 after the Phils nearly squandered a bases-loaded, none out opportunity. On Monday, Hoskins’ walk off Kershaw loaded the bases for grand-slam hero Altherr.

Herrera's bases-loaded walk

One long at-bat: Hoskins stepped to the plate after Herrera and saw 10 consecutive fastballs from Baez, fouling off four straight with two strikes — a few were up and out of the zone — before lacing the bases-clearing double to left. Just like that, a good start from Darvish was wiped away and the Dodgers’ inability to bridge the gap to Kenley Jansen proved to be costly again. More >

Hoskins discusses his key at-bat

“I probably swung at ball four,” Hoskins said. “I guess hindsight is 20-20. It’s a good thing I swung at it.”

QUOTABLE
“If we were in a different situation in the standings, I think I might have acted differently.” — Roberts, on leaving Baez in to make 36 pitches and allow four runs

SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
The 1-2 punch of Darvish and Kershaw have made starts within one or two days of each other four times. In those contests, the Dodgers are 3-5.

WHAT’S NEXT
Dodgers: Left-hander Alex Wood, who is coming off six scoreless innings against the Nationals, will get the start against the Phillies on Wednesday at 4:05 p.m. PT. Wood is seeking his 16th win, and he’s allowed fewer hits and home runs per nine innings than teammate Clayton Kershaw.

Phillies: Right-hander Jake Thompson (2-2, 4.46 ERA) pitches the third game of the four-game set against the Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night at 7:05 ET. Thompson pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings in his last start against the Marlins, and he has a 3.73 ERA in six starts this season.

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Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the Phillies on Tuesday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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