For the second time in as many nights, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies put on a rousing late-inning thriller.
Once again, the visitors escaped with victory, sending the Boys in Blue to their third straight loss and a tie for atop the NL West with the San Diego Padres.
Thursday’s game saw the Dodgers rally from a seven-run deficit, only to go down in the top of the ninth inning on a bases-loaded wild pitch.
Friday’s back-and-forth competition started early, after Phillies rookie shortstop Bryson Stott drove in a pair with a single to left field, giving them and starter Kyle Gibson a 2-0 lead in the second entry.
However, the Dodgers responded in the bottom of the third inning, thanks to a five-run frame fueled by a solo home run by Chris Taylor that led to four crossover runs on an RBI double by Mookie Betts, an RBI single by Max Muncy and a two-run double from Justin Turner.
The Phillies quickly tied it up in the next half inning, thanks once again to an RBI single from Stott and a monster two-run, 430-foot blast from Kyle Schwarber.
Again, the Dodgers responded by taking the lead in the bottom of the inning on Austin Barnes’ single that scored off Taylor, who had previously singled to lead off the inning.
With both starters out of the game, Gibson after just 3 2/3 innings and Dodgers starter Walker Buehler after five, the teams continued to trade blows.
Gibson finished the game allowing six runs on eight hits, striking out and walking one.
Buehler allowed nine hits for five runs, walked one and struck out three.
Philadelphia took the lead again with a three-run sixth inning, using a sacrifice fly by Alec Bohm, an RBI double by reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper, and an RBI single by Nicholas Castellanos, which fell short. to push in two after Taylor caught Harper at the plate.
A bases-loaded hit to Trea Turner cut the lead to one in the bottom of the inning, which the Phillies regained when Harper hit a solo home run to right field, his second of the series and one of three extra-base hits in Friday’s game.
The Dodgers got their last two outs when Justin Turner’s 397-foot two-run homer tied the game at nine runs a piece.
With Brusdar Graterol on the mound for the Boys in Blue, the Phillies scored a pair on a double off Castellanos’ bat, one being the extra-inning “ghost runner” and the other Harper, who was intentionally walked, before to add a third thank you. to a Barnes throwing error, giving them a 12-9 lead.
The inning pushed Graterol’s season ERA to 4.05 as he took the loss.
Betts rebounded on a double play in the bottom of the 10th that scored one, but it was too little too late.
Both teams threw seven pitchers on Friday, with Jeurys Familia getting the win, despite blowing the save.
In the previous two games against Los Angeles, Harper is 5-for-8 with five extra-base hits, two of which are home runs, five RBIs and three runs scored.
The two teams will meet in Game 3 of the four-game series on Saturday night at 7:10 p.m., where the Dodgers will send Julio Urías (2-2, 2.10 ERA) to the mound against the Phillies Ranger Suárez ( 3-1, 3.68 ERA).