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Hiroki Kuroda Nearly Spectacular Against Phillies

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It wasn’t quite a spectacular night, but it was good enough as Dodger starter Hiroki Kuroda one-hit the Philadelphia Phillies through 7 2/3 innings for the Dodger 3-0 victory.

“I thought he was going to get it,” manager Joe Torre said. “His stuff was electric tonight. He had great location, he mixed it up, he overpowered some people, finessed some people. Great game for him.”

Kuroda (W, 10-11) had a no-hitter going into the eighth inning. A walk to Jayson Werth and a force out grounder by Raul Ibanez set the stage for the most beloved Phillie amongst Dodger fans to do his thing: a single lined to right field by Shane Victorino to break up Kuroda’s night.

“In the fifth inning I became conscious of the chance of the no-hitter,” Kuroda said through translator Kenji Nimura. “I knew the fans wanted it. I knew my teammates wanted it. I felt that I betrayed a lot of my fans and my teammates.”

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“We left one pitch a little too much of the plate and a little too high,” catcher Rod Barajas said. “Victorino is a good hitter, and he did what nobody in the city wanted him to do.”