After splitting the first two games, the three-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies was on the line Thursday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.
After David Buchanan recorded two quick outs in the first inning, Adrian Gonzalez’s base hit sparked a rally. Yasmani Grandal extended the inning by drawing a walk, and Andre Ethier’s RBI double to left field gave the Dodgers an early 1-0 lead. Carl Crawford added a two-run base hit and the Dodgers led 3-0 before Greinke toed the rubber.
The bottom of the first followed saw a bit of luck on the side of the Phillies. A Cesar Hernandez bouncer back to the mound was overthrown by Greinke, allowing Hernandez to reach second base with no outs. An Odubel Herrera single and Maikel Franco walk loaded the bases with no outs. Ryan Howard cashed in on the RBI situation by driving a two-run single to center.
Domonic Brown added to Greinke’s early troubles with a three-run home run that pushed the Phillies ahead, 5-3. A visit to the mound by Dodgers hitting coach Rick Honeycutt was followed with Greinke retiring the next three batters faced.
Greinke took out some of his frustration by leading off the second inning with a line-drive single to center. With Greinke on third base and Howie Kendrick on first following a base hit, Gonzalez pulled a three-run home run to give the Dodgers a 6-5 lead.
The Dodgers threatened to add more as Grandal hit a one-out double and Ethier reached on an infield single. However, Carl Crawford grounded into an inning-ending double play. Fresh off retiring the side in order, Greinke hit a solo home run in the top of the third.
Franco led off the bottom of the third with a single and moved to second base on a wild pitch. He later came around to score on a Brown RBI single that cut the Dodgers lead to 7-6 before the inning came to a close.
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