Sunday marked the finale of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ nine-game road trip and was the rubber match with the Philadelphia Phillies who hung on for a 5-3 win Saturday afternoon.
Dee Gordon opened the game with a single and as he’s done so often, immediately stole second base. After recording two outs, A.J. Burnett then allowed an RBI double to Adrian Gonzalez that gave the Dodgers an early lead. Josh Beckett issued a two-out walk to Chase Utley in bottom of the first, then ended the inning by getting Ryan Howard looking for strike three.
Justin Turner added to the Dodgers lead in the second with a solo home run to center and Beckett continued to blank the Phillies through three innings. Neither team had a base runner in the fourth, a streak Yasiel Puig broke in the fifth with an infield single. It was the fourth infield single for Puig in the three-game series and by getting on base, he extended his streak of reaching safely to 26 consecutive games.
One day after collecting his first career MLB hit, Erisbel Arruebarrena hit a two-out RBI single in the sixth to give the Dodgers a 3-0 lead. Gordon sparked the Dodger offense again in the seventh by drawing a leadoff walk and stealing his 30th base, which is an MLB-high. Crawford followed with a chopper up the first base line that Howard couldn’t handle and the Dodger left fielder reached second and collected an RBI.
Puig then hit a single to left that he turned into a double as Domonic Brown casually threw the ball back into the infield. With two runners in scoring position, Gonzalez drove in his second run of the game on a single to right. Andre Ethier grounded into a double play that scored Puig and the Dodgers held a 7-0 lead.
Despite spending a considerable amount of time in the dugout as the Dodgers scored three runs in the top of the seventh, Beckett retired the Phillies in order in the bottom half of the inning and held onto his no-hitter. Jeff Manship took the mound in the eighth for the Phillies and easily got through the inning.
Manship’s second inning of relief in the ninth was just as easy with the Dodgers going down in order. Beckett took the mound in the ninth and finished off his no-hitter, the Dodgers first since Hideo Nomo accomplished the feat in 1996.
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