Series: Game 2 of 4

LA Dodgers leads 2-0 (as of 6/5)

Game 1: Monday, June 4
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Game 2: Tuesday, June 5
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Game 3: Wednesday, June 6
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Game 4: Thursday, June 7
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Dodgers 2

(35-21, 14-12 away)

Phillies 1

(28-29, 12-17 home)

    Coverage:  CSN

    7:05 PM ET, June 5, 2012

    Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    W: C. Billingsley (3-4)

    L: C. Lee (0-3)

    S: K. Jansen (8)

    Dodgers rally late, keep Phillies' Cliff Lee winless

    Associated Press

    PHILADELPHIA -- Elian Herrera is becoming quite the clutch hitter in a short time.

    Herrera hit a two-run double off winless Cliff Lee in the eighth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 on Tuesday night.

    Lee (0-3) took a two-hitter into the eighth and was a strike away from getting out of trouble before Herrera hit a 2-2 pitch off the left-field wall to put the Dodgers ahead.

    Chad Billingsley (3-4) allowed one run and six hits in seven innings. Josh Lindblom worked the eighth and Kenley Jansen finished for his eighth save in 11 tries.

    Herrera waited nine years to reach the majors. He's not going back to the minors anytime soon.

    Herrera hit a tiebreaking RBI single off Jonathan Papelbon in a 4-3 win Monday night. He's batting .304 in 20 games and has started at third base, second base and center field.

    "I love it. I love it," Herrera said. "I knew I could hit the ball."

    Lee gave up two runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings, striking out a season-high 12.

    Lee's record is no indication of the way he's pitched. The 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner has a 2.92 ERA, but has been the victim of poor run support. The Phillies have scored just 16 total runs in his nine starts. Lee couldn't even get a win when he threw 10 scoreless innings at San Francisco on April 18.

    "Nothing I can do about it," Lee said. "All I can do is try to give the team a chance. I did that tonight and we came up short."

    Major league-leading Los Angeles has won three of four after losing five in a row.

    The Dodgers had more than baseball on their minds. Earlier in the day, Hall of Fame manager Tom Lasorda was hospitalized in stable condition, a day after having a "mild" heart attack while representing Los Angeles at the Major League Baseball draft.

    The 84-year-old Lasorda was resting comfortably and there was a chance he could return to California on Wednesday. Lasorda guided the Dodgers to 1,599 victories and won the World Series in 1981 and 1988, the team's last two titles.

    "I don't know much, but it sounds like he's OK," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.

    The five-time defending NL East champion Phillies have lost four straight to fall a game under .500.

    Hunter Pence drove in Philadelphia's only run with an RBI single in the first inning. He also made an outstanding defensive play in the eighth. Pence made an excellent, no-hop throw to third base to nail Tony Gwynn Jr. trying to advance from first on pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu's single.

    Lee helped himself earlier in the inning with a defensive gem of his own after Matt Treanor led off with a double. Gwynn followed with a bunt, but Lee quickly got off the mound, fielded the ball and threw Treanor out at third.

    However, with two outs and two on, Herrera ripped Lee's 122nd pitch of the night over left fielder Juan Pierre's head to drive in both runners.

    "He had a good at-bat, fouled off a lot of pitches," Lee said. "The last pitch was horrible, a hanging curve ball and he hit it."

    Herrera worked the count like a veteran hitter, not someone who just came up to the big leagues.

    "I was looking for something I could hit," he said. "The first three at-bats, he was changing speeds. I thought whatever he throws close, I'll try to put it in play."

    Jimmy Rollins lined a double down the right-field line leading off the first. He scored on Pence's one-out single to left. Right fielder Andre Ethier prevented further trouble for the Dodgers by making a twisting, leaping catch in front of the right-field fence on Ty Wigginton's high drive.

    Billingsley shut the Phillies down the rest of the way.

    "Cliff was out there painting pitches," he said. "I knew I had to throw zeroes to keep up with him."

    Game notes

    Injured Dodgers CF Matt Kemp will captain the NL team in the Home Run derby during the All-Star game festivities. ... Philadelphia's right-handed relievers, excluding Papelbon, entered the game with a 6.06 ERA. ... Lee has 20 career double-digit strikeout games. ... A crowd of 43,989 was the 249th straight sellout at Citizens Bank Park, including postseason. ... Dodgers INF Jerry Hairston Jr. is batting .417 (15 for 36) in his last 11 games. ... Kyle Kendrick (2-4, 4.02) pitches for the Phillies against Chris Capuano (7-2, 2.50) on Wednesday. Kendrick is 4-3 with an 8.01 ERA in seven games vs. Los Angeles. Capuano is 0-2 with a 2.87 ERA in six games vs. Philadelphia.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Game Information

    StadiumCitizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
    Attendance43,989 (100.8% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time2:43
    Weather66 degrees, cloudy
    Wind4 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Jim Wolf, First Base - Derryl Cousins, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn

    Research Notes

    Cliff Lee threw 92 strikes on 122 pitches in his loss to the Dodgers, the most strikes in a single game in the majors this season and the most since teammate Roy Halladay threw 94 on April 24 last season. It's the most strikes thrown in a LOSS since Aaron Harang threw 95 strikes in a 4-0 Reds loss to the Cubs on September 29, 2007.
    From Elias: Cliff Lee, despite yet another strong start, will remain winless through 9 starts this season. Winless, that is, with an ERA of 2.92. That is tied for the 4th-lowest ERA since 1960 through a pitcher's first 9 starts of the season in which he failed to record a win in any of them.
    Cliff Lee: 10 K thru 6 innings, his 11th double-digit-K game since the start of last season, most in the majors

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