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Dodgers give Lowe tons of run support in rout of Phillies

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PHILADELPHIA -- Derek Lowe has his nasty sinker back.

Lowe pitched seven solid innings, Andre Ethier and James Loney each drove in three runs, and Matt Kemp had a career-high four hits to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers over the injury-depleted Philadelphia Phillies 15-3 on Wednesday night.

Ethier had a two-run homer and an RBI double and Kemp was 4-for-6 with two RBI for Los Angeles, which set a season high for runs and won for the fifth time in seven games.

Lowe (10-11) allowed three runs and six hits. The right-hander got 15 outs on grounders to win his second straight start after a two-month winless drought.

"It's good to see him back throwing the ball like he is now," Dodgers manager Grady Little said.

Lowe pitched seven shutout innings against Houston last Friday to earn his first victory since June 22.

"I've been pitching on the ground the last two games," he said. "Having been part of playoff teams in the past, I realize how important the last six weeks are. You really want to be as sharp as you possibly can."

Before the game, the Phillies placed ace Cole Hamels on the disabled list with an elbow strain. The All-Star left-hander became the 19th player to land on the DL this season for Philadelphia.

Despite the injuries, the Phillies remain in the hunt for the playoffs. They remained five games behind the NL East-leading New York Mets and fell one game behind San Diego in the wild-card race.

J.D. Durbin (5-3) allowed five runs -- four earned -- and seven hits in six innings after moving up one day to take Hamels' spot.

"Cole going down is a big hit for us," Durbin said. "I have to do a better job executing pitches."

Fabio Castro will become the 12th pitcher to start for the Phillies this season and fourth to make his first career start when he pitches the series finale on Thursday. Durbin had one start in the majors three years ago before joining the Phillies.

Chris Coste hit a two-run homer for Philadelphia.

"We have to get consistent pitching day in and day out to get us enough wins to get in the playoffs," manager Charlie Manuel said.

The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead on an unearned run in the first inning. After Kemp reached on third baseman Greg Dobbs' error with one out to put two runners on, Jeff Kent flied to center for the second out. But Ethier followed with a double to score Rafael Furcal. Kemp was thrown out at home on the play.

One pitch after Kent doubled in the fourth, Ethier ripped a liner into the seats in right-center for his 10th homer to make it 3-0.

Los Angeles put it away with a five-run seventh against reliever Jose Mesa. Loney had a two-run single during the inning.

"We were struggling a little bit, but we knew we were going to start winning some games," Kemp said. "Everybody knows how good we are and how good we can play. Hopefully we just keep it up."

Notes

  • Lowe retired his first nine batters before Jimmy Rollins doubled.
  • Kent's run-scoring double in the sixth gave him 1,445 RBI, tying Joe Carter for 54th on the career list.
  • Dodgers CF Juan Pierre extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a seventh-inning single.
  • C Mike Lieberthal, who spent his entire career with the Phillies before going to Los Angeles this season, singled as a pinch-hitter in the eighth. He got a mixed reaction from the fans when he was introduced, but a few more cheers after his hit.
 
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The Dodgers plate 15 runs, but Chris Coste makes sure Matt Kemp is out on this scoring attempt.  (AP)
The Dodgers plate 15 runs, but Chris Coste makes sure Matt Kemp is out on this scoring attempt. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

A. Ethier
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Los Angeles

J. Loney
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS5431100 .278
Juan Pierre, CF6230001 .291
Matt Kemp, RF6342000 .335
Jeff Kent, 2B3222002 .286
    Ramon Martinez, 2B1002000 .179
Andre Ethier, LF4223202 .298
Russell Martin, C3101002 .290
   a- Mike Lieberthal, PH-C1010000 .246
James Loney, 1B4023101 .309
Shea Hillenbrand, 3B3111101 .258
Derek Lowe, P4000014 .128
    Scott Proctor, P0000000 .000
   b- Mark Sweeney, PH1000000 .255
    Roberto Hernandez, P0000000 .000
Totals4115181551  
a-singled for Martin in the 8th
b-grounded out for Proctor in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jeff Kent 2 (31, Durbin, Durbin), Andre Ethier (27, Durbin)
3B - Matt Kemp (3, Condrey)
HR - Andre Ethier (10, Durbin)
SF - Jeff Kent (4), Ramon Martinez (4), Shea Hillenbrand (2)
RBI - Rafael Furcal (42), Matt Kemp 2 (30), Jeff Kent 2 (66), Ramon Martinez 2 (20), Andre Ethier 3 (52), Russell Martin (73), James Loney 3 (30), Shea Hillenbrand (26)
2-OUT RBI - Andre Ethier (16), James Loney (5)
Team LOB - 8
Los Angeles Dodgers
Derek Lowe (W,10-11) 7633031 3.47
Scott Proctor 1000000 3.93
Roberto Hernandez 1000010 6.08
WP - Derek Lowe (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 92-57, Scott Proctor 8-5, Roberto Hernandez 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 15-3, Roberto Hernandez 1-1
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 27, Scott Proctor 3, Roberto Hernandez 3
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS3010001 .290
   a- Abraham Nunez, PH-SS1000000 .243
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B4000012 .263
Pat Burrell, LF3010011 .264
    Clay Condrey, P1000000 .000
Ryan Howard, 1B3000003 .258
    Wes Helms, 1B1000000 .249
Aaron Rowand, CF3220010 .309
    Russell Branyan, LF1000010 .202
Shane Victorino, RF4000002 .281
Greg Dobbs, 3B3001000 .287
Chris Coste, C3112000 .341
J.D. Durbin, P1000000 .286
   b- Chris Roberson, PH1010000 .280
    Jose Mesa, P0000000 .000
    Jayson Werth, LF-CF1000000 .262
Totals3336304  
a-flied out for Rollins in the 8th
b-singled for Durbin in the 6th
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins (31, Lowe)
HR - Chris Coste (3, Lowe)
RBI - Greg Dobbs (43), Chris Coste 2 (15)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Coste 2 (4)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Pat Burrell 1
DP - Dobbs-Iguchi-Howard
E - Greg Dobbs (6, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
J.D. Durbin (L,5-3) 6754311 5.44
Jose Mesa 0.1255200 6.86
Clay Condrey 2.2955000 5.97
IBB - Ethier by J.D. Durbin, by Hillenbrand, Ethier by Jose Mesa
HBP - Martin (by Jose Mesa)
Pitches-Strikes - J.D. Durbin 88-52, Jose Mesa 24-9, Clay Condrey 42-31
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J.D. Durbin 12-4, Clay Condrey 4-4
Batters Faced - J.D. Durbin 27, Jose Mesa 6, Clay Condrey 17
Game Information
Attendance - 37321
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Field Culbreth