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Phillies Take Rubber Game from Dodgers

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All the optimism after the Dodgers won four straight games last week to get to within 4 ½ games of the wild card have all but vanished now. Two solo homers did Clayton Kershaw (L, 11-9) and the Dodgers in as Philadelphia Phillies’ starter Roy Oswalt (W, 10-13) took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning for the Phillies’ 5-1 win and a 7 ½ game lead over the Dodgers in the wild card race.

After retiring the side in order in the first inning for the first time this season in his last outing in Colorado on August 27, the second pitch Kershaw made ensured he would not have a repeat performance. A fastball right down the meat of the plate to leadoff hitter Jimmy Rollins landed in the left field pavilion for his second leadoff homer of the season and 35th in his career.

Kershaw gave up another leadoff homer to Shane Victorino in the second inning before striking out the side.

“I’d like to have that pitch back,” Kershaw said of Victorino’s homer. “It was an 0-2 pitch. I just didn’t have it where I want to.”