Matt Kemp was again absent from the Los Angeles Dodgers lineup on Saturday and minutes before the game began, Hanley Ramirez was scratched from the lineup with calf soreness. The change resulted in both Erisbel Arruebarrena and Andre Ethier making consecutive starts.
Philadelphia Phillies starter David Buchanan made his MLB debut and breezed through the first inning on eight pitches. Dan Haren wasn’t as fortunate, as he labored through the bottom of the first, allowing a leadoff double to Ben Revere and a two-run homer to Chase Utley. The home run came after A.J. Ellis was charged for an error as he dropped a foul ball.
Haren’s second inning wasn’t any easier as he issued back-to-back walks to put two on with no outs. With Buchanan at the plate, Ellis picked off Carlos Ruiz at second base. Buchanan successfully got the bunt down to advance Cesar Hernandez to second with two outs. Ben Revere hit an RBI single for his second hit of the game and he reached second on Ethier’s throw home. Jimmy Rollins kept the two-out rally alive with an RBI single of his own and the Phillies led 4-0 at the end of two.
The Dodgers were quietly retired in the top of the third and Haren had his best inning of work up to this point in the game as he struck out the side in the bottom half of the inning. Justin Turner gave the Dodgers their second base runner of the game with a leadoff double in the fourth. Yasiel Puig reached on an infield single and with Turner standing on third, Carl Crawford got the Dodgers on the board by hitting an RBI groundout.
Arruebarrena recorded the first hit of his MLB career with a single to center in fifth and he scored on a two-out Dee Gordon single. Gordon took second on Domonic Brown’s ill-advised throw to home plate. The Phillies added to their lead as Revere hit a roller up the first base line that Haren fielded and threw away, which allowed Revere to reach third on the error.
Jacob Diekman relieved Buchanan in the top of the sixth and Puig greeted the left-hander with a leadoff triple. Diekman then got consecutive outs as Puig remained stranded at third. With Ethier at the plate, a ball got past Ruiz and Puig scored the Dodgers third run of the game. Haren picked up his sixth and seventh strikeouts of the game in the sixth inning, which was his last on the day.
Diekman issued a leadoff walk to Ellis, but induced a double play and then got Matt Kemp, who pinch-hit for Haren, to hit a grounder for the third out. Paul Maholm took the mound in the seventh and worked through a scoreless inning in his second appearance since being moved to the bullpen.
Mike Adams replaced Diekman in the eighth and easily retired the top of the Dodgers lineup in order. Maholm hit Byrd with a pitch on an 0-2 count with two outs in the bottom of the eighth and he was then called for a balk. The Phillies were unable to capitalize as Tony Gwynn, Jr. hit a grounder to Adrian Gonzalez for the final out.
Jonathan Papelbon came on in the ninth and allowed a two-out single followed by a walk before closing out the game to earn a save in the Phillies’ 5-3 win.
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