Phillies pummel Dodgers pitching again, win 12-10 in 10

LOS ANGELES (AP) — No team in the majors has beaten the Los Angeles Dodgers as effectively this season as the Philadelphia Phillies during their back-to-back wins at Chavez Ravine.

And they didn’t even give up after Justin Turner dramatically propelled the Dodgers into extra innings.

Nick Castellanos had a two-run double during the Phillies’ three-run 10th inning, and Philadelphia pummeled the Dodgers’ pitching staff for the second straight game in a 12-10 victory Friday night.

Bryce Harper hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the sixth and a solo homer in the eighth for the Phillies, who have 27 hits and 21 runs in their first two games against the NL main body by ERA. It’s a tremendously encouraging development for a team that was in the middle of the Major League pack offensively until last week on the West Coast.

“We know they’re really good,” said manager Joe Girardi, whose team has 38 runs in the last five games, all away from home. “Your staff is fantastic. Our guys are just working at-bats, and they’ve done a pretty good job. We think we have a pretty good offense and we struggled at times this year, but it looks like we nailed it on this road trip. … We know we have a lot of talented hitters. We feel that.”

Turner hit a tying two-run homer in the ninth and drove in four runs for the Dodgers, but they have lost three in a row for the first time since July 21-23, 2021, because they couldn’t cool down the Phils’ bats.

Kyle Schwarber homered, rookie Bryson Stott drove in a career-high three runs, and Castellanos also had three RBIs.

When asked why the Phillies are playing Los Angeles, Castellanos admitted he has no idea. He was more impressed by the team’s poise than him after blowing a late two-race lead.

“That’s what we’ve been doing really well the last few games,” Castellanos said. “I don’t know if getting to know each other better is part of it, but it’s fun.”

Los Angeles rallied to force extra innings against Jeurys Familia (1-0). Trea Turner had a leadoff single in the ninth, and Justin Turner sent a one-out splitter into the left-field stands.

In the 10th, Philadelphia mounted a rally against Brusdar Graterol (0-2) highlighted by Castellanos’ double to left field. Castellanos also stole third and scored on a throwing error.

The Dodgers then loaded the bases with no outs against Francisco Morales, a 22-year-old right-hander making his second major league appearance. Morales walked three but also got Mookie Betts to roll a double play before Freddie Freeman was ejected at second on Trea Turner’s groundout.

“We knew we were going to have some guys that really needed to step up tonight, and a lot of them did,” Girardi said. “It’s a big request (for Morales).”

Chris Taylor homered for the Dodgers, but they again tied for first with San Diego atop the NL West with San Francisco a half-game behind. Taylor flied out to the warning track to end the ninth.

The Dodgers allowed at least six runs for the second straight game after giving up that many runs just once in their first 29 games.

“We just don’t throw well, but that’s not who we are,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I haven’t seen him in my time here, but he is one we have to wash down. … It’s good to see our guys fight back and keep racking up runs and make it a game and get deeper into their penile.”

Walker Buehler struggled after abruptly moving up his scheduled start Saturday to replace Clayton Kershaw, who went on the disabled list Friday morning. While he gave up five runs in five innings, Buehler gave up nine hits, the most he’s allowed in 72 appearances since July 3, 2019.

“We weren’t very effective today on that side of the ball,” Dodgers wide receiver Austin Barnes said. “They are aggressive. They have good hitters in their lineup. We just didn’t do enough. We got into bad counts and had to go after hitters.”

Kyle Gibson allowed eight hits and six runs while failing to get out of the fourth inning for the Phillies. His bullpen was sharp until Familia had to step in with closer Corey Knebel unavailable because he pitched the last two days.

MVP WORTHY

Harper had three hits in his second straight monster game as designated hitter since the Phillies revealed Thursday that he has a partially torn elbow ligament and will not pitch for a month. The two-time NL MVP went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs on Thursday.

COACHES ROOM

Phillies: Jean Segura sat down to rest, Girardi said.

Dodgers: Kershaw has back pain from an inflamed pelvic joint. He received an epidural to ease the pain and won’t pitch for a few days, but Roberts is optimistic his veteran southpaw will be back in a couple of weeks.

UNTIL NEXT TIME

Julio Urías (2-2, 2.10 ERA) moves up to start Game 3 of the series for the Dodgers, albeit with regular rest. He faces Philadelphia’s Ranger Suarez (3-1, 3.68 ERA), who pitched six scoreless innings in his last start.

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