Clayton Kershaw pitched six shutout innings against the Philadelphia Phillies as the Los Angeles Dodgers clung to a 2-0 lead heading into the seventh. Kershaw had gotten the Dodgers out of multiple jams throughout the game, but they would have to work out of another with Brandon League on the mound.
The Phillies loaded the bases in the seventh inning, benefitting from an error committed by League. J.P Howell relieved League with Domonic Brown pinch-hitting for reliever Mario Hollands. Brown hit a sinking liner to left, which Carl Crawford made a sliding catch on for the first out and more importantly, kept the runners from advancing.
Howell then got Jimmy Rollins to hit into a fielder’s choice that resulted in the second out coming at home plate and Carlos Ruiz lined out to right to end the inning and the Dodgers carried their 2-0 lead into the eighth.
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