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Ethier's single in ninth gives Dodgers walk-off victory against Phillies

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LOS ANGELES -- Andre Ethier's playing time has been curtailed significantly by Joe Torre because of Manny Ramirez's arrival and Matt Kemp's consistency.

On Tuesday night, Ethier turned out to be the one who provided his manager with another milestone victory.

Ethier singled home the winning run with one out in the ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3.

The victory was Torre's 2,127th in the regular season, breaking a tie with Joe McCarthy for seventh place on the career list. Torre managed the New York Yankees to six pennants and four World Series titles in 12 years. McCarthy guided the Yankees to eight pennants and seven world championships in 16 years.

"I've never gotten caught up in stuff like this because I figure the time to do this is when I'm not doing this anymore," Torre said. "But the thing that impresses me -- aside from the overall number of wins -- is that when you start getting mentioned in the same breath as McCarthy, Casey Stengel, Ralph Houk, Miller Huggins and guys like that, then it becomes something that gets your attention. Joe McCarthy has a pretty good track record, so this win certainly will be a memorable one for more reasons than one."

Casey Blake had two RBI for Los Angeles, including a sacrifice fly that tied it in the eighth.

Chase Utley hit his 30th home run for the Phillies, who had their NL East lead trimmed to one game over the New York Mets.

Philadelphia reliever J.C. Romero (4-4) began the ninth by hitting Russell Martin with a pitch. Martin went to second on James Loney's groundout to first, then scored with a slide when Ethier lined a 1-2 pitch to left field.

Ethier was the Dodgers' opening-day left fielder and played both corner outfield positions on a more regular basis before the team acquired Ramirez from Boston at the July 31 trade deadline. Since then, Ethier has started only five of 11 games and is 7-for-24 during that stretch.

"It's satisfying from the standpoint that we've got the right components to go far this season and keep going," said Ethier, who entered the game as a pinch hitter in the seventh. "Guys like Manny have that experience and have been in situations in tough games. So it's something you have to earn.

"I can't sit back and complain and say I should be in there. But when they ask you to do something, whether it be start that day or come off the bench and play defense or get a key hit, it's a good feeling."

Hong-Chih Kuo (4-2) pitched two hitless innings for the win.

"The last few weeks, this ballclub has really been playing hard," Torre said. "And then the addition of Manny has certainly picked up the personality of this club. We feel this is an important week for us."

The Dodgers tied it at 3 in the eighth against reliever Chad Durbin, who hit Ramirez just above the left elbow with a pitch to load the bases with none out. Blake followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Kemp, but Nomar Garciaparra grounded into an inning-ending double play in his first game off the disabled list.

Trailing 3-1, the Dodgers opened the sixth with singles by Juan Pierre and Kemp against left-hander Cole Hamels. One out later, Ramirez singled to center on a 3-2 pitch to score Pierre, after getting spun around on back-to-back fastballs by a pitcher who has not hit a batter all season.

"Manny's very smart. He's intelligent -- especially when it comes to hitting a baseball. And he goes to school on the pitchers, too. He knows exactly what they've got and how they're going to pitch him," said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, who spent seven seasons coaching and managing Ramirez in Cleveland.

Dodgers rookie Clayton Kershaw got a no-decision after allowing three runs and six hits over six innings against. The 20-year-old left-hander had eight strikeouts, his highest total in 13 big league starts.

Hamels had an RBI single for Philadelphia. Left fielder Pat Burrell made his first error since Sept. 22 last year, snapping a 122-game streak without one.

Notes

  • Phillies CF Shane Victorino left after six innings because of lower back stiffness.
  • Tuesday was the first day Dodger Stadium concession stands were selling blue "MANNYWOOD" T-shirts, which had Ramirez's No. 99 on it next to a silhouette of his head, complete with dreadlocks and reflecting sunglasses -- no facial features. The Dodger caps with the facsimile dreadlocks are scheduled to arrive on Thursday.
 
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Andre Ethier (center) is the man of the moment after hitting the game-winning RBI single in the ninth.  (AP)
Andre Ethier (center) is the man of the moment after hitting the game-winning RBI single in the ninth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

C. Utley
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Los Angeles

M. Kemp
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Philadelphia Phillies
Shane Victorino, CF4000032 .286
    So Taguchi, RF-LF0000000 .221
Chase Utley, 2B4111010 .290
Jimmy Rollins, SS4110000 .275
Ryan Howard, 1B3000120 .236
Pat Burrell, LF3011010 .266
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .143
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
Jayson Werth, RF-CF3000112 .263
Chris Coste, C2110110 .273
Eric Bruntlett, 3B4010013 .218
Cole Hamels, P3011010 .281
    Geoff Jenkins, RF1000001 .243
Totals31363311  
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins (27, Kershaw), Pat Burrell (27, Kershaw)
HR - Chase Utley (30, Kershaw)
SF - Pat Burrell (5)
SH - Chris Coste (3)
RBI - Chase Utley (83), Pat Burrell (68), Cole Hamels (3)
2-OUT RBI - Cole Hamels (2)
SB - Jimmy Rollins (30, 3rd base off Kershaw/Martin)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Rollins-Utley-Howard
E - Pat Burrell (1, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
Cole Hamels 7522270 3.32
Chad Durbin (BS,3) 1111100 1.90
J.C. Romero (L,4-4) 0.1111000 2.30
IBB - Ramirez by Cole Hamels, by Garciaparra
HBP - Ramirez (by Chad Durbin), Martin (by J.C. Romero)
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 111-71, Chad Durbin 21-11, J.C. Romero 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 6-8, Chad Durbin 1-1, J.C. Romero 1-0
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 28, Chad Durbin 5, J.C. Romero 3
Los Angeles Dodgers
Juan Pierre, CF4110000 .279
    Hong-Chih Kuo, P0000000 .273
Matt Kemp, RF-CF4230010 .302
Jeff Kent, 2B3000123 .266
    Pablo Ozuna, PR-2B0000000 .266
Manny Ramirez, LF2011100 .317
Casey Blake, 3B3012000 .290
Nomar Garciaparra, SS3000103 .270
Russell Martin, C3100023 .284
James Loney, 1B4000000 .296
Clayton Kershaw, P2000020 .000
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
   a- Andre Ethier, PH-RF2011000 .275
Totals3047437  
a-grounded out for Beimel in the 7th
Batting
2B - Matt Kemp (28, Hamels)
SF - Casey Blake (4)
RBI - Manny Ramirez (82), Casey Blake 2 (67), Andre Ethier (48)
2-OUT RBI - Casey Blake (25)
Team LOB - 7
Los Angeles Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw 6633281 3.78
Joe Beimel 1000010 1.87
Hong-Chih Kuo (W,4-2) 2000120 1.70
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Kershaw 100-59, Joe Beimel 10-7, Hong-Chih Kuo 23-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Kershaw 5-5, Joe Beimel 2-0, Hong-Chih Kuo 3-1
Batters Faced - Clayton Kershaw 26, Joe Beimel 3, Hong-Chih Kuo 7
Game Information
Attendance - 47586
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Jeff Nelson