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Rollins has three hits, but Phillies still can't find win column

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PHILADELPHIA -- Throughout spring training, Charlie Manuel stressed the importance of a strong start to the Philadelphia Phillies.

So much for those speeches: The Phillies are 0-4 for the first time in 19 years.

Jimmy Rollins had three hits a day after his 38-game hitting streak ended, but Philadelphia lost 5-3 to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.

"We kind of stink," Manuel said. "We got to get better."

The Phillies began 0-4 in 1987, losing twice on the road and twice at home. They hadn't started with four losses at home since 1977 when they finished 101-61 and won the second of three consecutive NL East titles.

A poor April last season -- they were 10-14 -- proved costly when the Phillies finished one game behind NL wild-card winner Houston and two games behind division winner Atlanta.

"We're in a little funk," Manuel said. "It seems we can't get going, but we have a much better club than that. We're going to win some games and we're going to compete."

Brett Tomko pitched six effective innings and the Dodgers took advantage of sloppy defense on a day they learned closer Eric Gagne will miss six to eight weeks following surgery to remove a nerve in his pitching elbow.

Tomko (1-0) allowed three runs and eight hits. Hong-Chih Kuo pitched two perfect innings, striking out four, and Danys Baez worked the ninth for his second save in two chances.

"The pitching coach said just to throw your best stuff," Kuo said. "I felt good and I had good location and a good fastball."

The trio of pitchers retired 15 straight batters before pinch-hitter David Dellucci hit a two-out double in the ninth.

"It was outstanding," Dodgers manager Grady Little said of his bullpen. "Kuo gave us what we were looking for and Baez did fine."

Jason Repko started the game with a single against Gavin Floyd, stole second and scored when Jose Cruz Jr.'s grounder bounced away from first baseman Ryan Howard for an error. James Loney's two-out triple into the right-field corner made it 2-0.

Dioner Navarro had an RBI double to right-center field and Floyd walked J.D. Drew to force in a run to make it 4-0 in the second. An RBI single by Repko gave the Dodgers a 5-0 lead in the third.

The Phillies scored three times in the fourth on a pair of homers. Pat Burrell went deep to start the inning. Sal Fasano hit a two-run shot into the upper deck in left-center field to cut the deficit to 5-3. It was Fasano's first hit for the Phillies.

Floyd (0-1) lasted just 2 2/3 innings, allowing five runs -- three earned -- and six hits. None of Philadelphia's starters -- Jon Lieber, Brett Myers, Cory Lidle and Floyd -- have pitched more than five innings, and they have a 9.56 ERA.

"He didn't have command of his fastball, so it was a little rough for him," Fasano said of Floyd. "It was his first start so he was a little nervous. The positive was nobody hit the ball real hard."

Julio Santana followed Floyd and pitched 3 1/3 hitless innings, and Aaron Fultz and Ryan Franklin combined for three scoreless innings, lowering Philadelphia's bullpen ERA to 1.80.

Baez had 41 saves for Tampa Bay last season, but was acquired in a trade to be Gagne's setup man.

Notes

  • Dodgers SS Rafael Furcal was scratched from the lineup because of a bruised right shin.
  • Before Fasano homered, his bat sailed into the stands on a missed swing and glanced off a young boy sitting behind the Dodgers dugout. The child was not injured.
  • Loney's triple and RBI in the first inning both were career-firsts.
  • Tomko pitched on his 33rd birthday.
 
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'We kind of stink,' says Charlie Manuel, whose Phillies are 0-4 for the first time in 19 years.  (AP)
'We kind of stink,' says Charlie Manuel, whose Phillies are 0-4 for the first time in 19 years. (AP)

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Jason Repko, CF4121112 .438
Jose Cruz Jr., LF3100201 .438
J.D. Drew, RF3001204 .313
Jeff Kent, 2B4000105 .385
James Loney, 1B5011004 .182
Bill Mueller, 3B5120001 .500
Ramon Martinez, SS4110012 .286
Dioner Navarro, C3111101 .167
Brett Tomko, P2000022 .000
    Hong-Chih Kuo, P1000010 .000
    Danys Baez, P0000000 .000
Totals345747522 
Batting
2B - Bill Mueller 2 (2, Floyd, Fultz), Dioner Navarro (1, Floyd)
3B - James Loney (1, Floyd)
SH - Brett Tomko (1)
RBI - Jason Repko (3), J.D. Drew (6), James Loney (1), Dioner Navarro (1)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Repko (2), James Loney (1)
SB - Jason Repko (1, 2nd base off Floyd/Fasano)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Kent-Martinez-Loney
Los Angeles Dodgers
Brett Tomko (W,1-0) 6833142 4.50
Hong-Chih Kuo (H,1) 2000040 6.75
Danys Baez (S,2) 1100020 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Tomko 94-60, Hong-Chih Kuo 22-16, Danys Baez 11-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Tomko 6-7, Hong-Chih Kuo 1-1
Batters Faced - Brett Tomko 26, Hong-Chih Kuo 6, Danys Baez 4
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4030010 .375
Aaron Rowand, CF4000022 .143
Bobby Abreu, RF4010011 .313
Chase Utley, 2B3000111 .313
Pat Burrell, LF4111012 .333
Ryan Howard, 1B4120010 .333
David Bell, 3B3000002 .100
    Aaron Fultz, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
   a- Shane Victorino, PH1000010 .000
Sal Fasano, C3112011 .333
   b- David Dellucci, PH1010000 .250
Gavin Floyd, P1000001 .000
    Julio Santana, P1000010 .000
    Abraham Nunez, 3B2000001 .125
Totals3539311011 
a-struck out for Franklin in the 9th
b-doubled for Fasano in the 9th
Batting
2B - David Dellucci (1, Baez)
HR - Pat Burrell (2, Tomko), Sal Fasano (1, Tomko)
RBI - Pat Burrell (3), Sal Fasano 2 (2)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Utley-Rollins-Howard
E - Ryan Howard (1, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
Gavin Floyd (L,0-1) 2.2653420 10.13
Julio Santana 3.1000220 4.50
Aaron Fultz 2100110 1.80
Ryan Franklin 1000000 0.00
IBB - Navarro by Gavin Floyd
Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 25-17, Julio Santana 31-18, Aaron Fultz 25-16, Ryan Franklin 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 4-4, Julio Santana 4-3, Aaron Fultz 1-4, Ryan Franklin 2-1
Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 20, Julio Santana 11, Aaron Fultz 8, Ryan Franklin 3
Game Information
Attendance - 25518
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Rick Reed, Second Base - Tim Tschida, Third Base - Ted Barrett