Paul Maholm struggled early for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday against the Philadelphia Phillies. After Maholm gave up a leadoff walk to Tony Gwynn, Jr., Jimmy Rollins singled, then Carlos Ruiz smacked a line drive to right field sending Gwynn and Rollins home to give the Phillies the early 2-0 lead. Although Maholm issued another walk in the inning, he managed to work his way out of the jam.
With Cliff Lee on the mound for the Phillies, Yasiel Puig hit a leadoff line drive that went off the top of Ryan Howard’s glove. With two outs, Adrian Gonzalez extended his hit streak to 16 games with a grounder up the middle, but Chase Utley made the heads up play to get Puig in a run down as he attempted to score.
In the second, Maholm retired the Phillies in order, and Lee gave up two hits and struck out Juan Uribe in another scoreless inning. Heading into the top of the third, the Dodger starter quickly retired his first two batters. Although he gave up another double to Ruiz, Maholm struck out Howard for the third out. Lee answered back with a quick 1-2-3 inning to end the third.
In the forth, Domonic Brown made it to first with one out after his grounder deflected off of Maholm’s foot and Uribe tried to make the barehanded throw to first, but the ball missed Gonzalez’s glove. Matt Kemp made a nice grab for the second out, then Lee hit a flare to left to put runners on first and second with two outs, but the Phillies were unable to cash in. Lee pitched through another perfect inning to end the fourth.
Hanley Ramirez recorded the first out of the fifth with a leaping grab to rob Rollins of a base hit. Maholm walked Ruiz with two outs, and Howard crushed a home run to center to extend the Phillies lead to 4-0. John Mayberry and Brown hit back-to-back singles after the homer, and Maholm should have easily had the third out on a Freddy Galvis hit, but he overthrew the ball to Gonzalez, which allowed Mayberry to score. The Phillies held a 5-0 lead going into the bottom of the fifth, and Lee closed out the inning with yet another 1-2-3 inning.
Brandon League entered the game for Maholm in the sixth and recorded a quick inning by retiring batters in order, and Lee remained unhittable in the bottom of the inning. League allowed just one hit in the top seventh and ended his scoreless outing by snagging a line drive at the mound. Lee retired his 18th consecutive batter after getting Kemp to ground out to end the inning.
Jose Dominguez, the newest addition to the Dodger bullpen, replaced League in the top of the eighth, but it made no difference to Ruiz, who hit a two-run homer to extend the Phillies lead to 7-0. Lee’s night was over after eight shutout innings as he was relieved by Jeff Manship. The right-hander easily retired the top of the lineup to complete the Phillies’ 7-0 win.
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