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All those late-game runs gnarled Joe Torre's nerves, but the Dodgers manager at least got to celebrate a win.
"My stomach is not good," Torre said. "To digest it all and to be able to do this, tells you something about our team."
The Dodgers, minus the suspended Manny Ramirez, won two of three in a rematch of the NL Championship Series.
Jonathan Broxton (4-0) earned the win despite blowing a two-run lead with two outs in the ninth. Ramon Troncoso pitched a scoreless 10th to earn his second save, striking out Ryan Howard with a runner on to end it.
"We're not playing good," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "We don't look good."
The Phillies briefly looked good when they wrecked a strong outing from Chad Billingsley with a two-out, two-run rally in the ninth against Broxton that made it 3-all.
Broxton struck out the first two batters, then allowed a single and a walk. Torre walked to the mound to visit his closer, then Carlos Ruiz doubled to right to score the runners and send the crowd into a frenzy.
The Dodgers won for the third time in seven games since Ramirez was penalized 50 games for using a banned drug. The Dodgers have the best record in the NL at 24-12 and are off to Florida for a series with the Marlins.
Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal spoke with Ramirez a few days ago and received some pointers from the dreadlocked star on his swing.
"He seemed OK," Furcal said. "He was maybe a little down, but we're behind him."
Torre said there was a chance Ramirez could appear in Miami to talk to his teammates.
"It's a distraction, but I don't mind distractions as long as you can leave it [in the clubhouse] and not take it out there," Torre said. "Don't deny or ignore that's a distraction."
Torre hoped Ramirez would visit his teammates and start to put the stain of his suspension behind him.
"When we initially see him, with what I sense is embarrassment and the fact that's he let everybody down, in his mind, I think he's probably going to be a little tentative," he said. "That's why the sooner you get that stuff out of the way, the better so he can just get into working out. When the time comes, he'll show up and work out with us. I think eventually by the time he's ready to come back, by that time he'll hopefully get his personality back up."
By that time, Billingsley may be on his way toward the All-Star Game.
Billingsley struck out nine, gave up three hits in seven strong innings and was set to become the NL's first six-game winner until the bullpen failed him.
Jimmy Rollins, back at the top of the Phillies' lineup after a two-game stint in the No. 5 hole, opened the game with a double and scored on Howard's sacrifice fly. The Phillies could do little else against Billingsley.
Making his first start against the Dodgers since Game 5 of the NLCS, Cole Hamels returned to his postseason form and pitched seven solid innings. He's already had a sore left elbow, bruised left shoulder and sprained left ankle that led to a shaky first month of the season.
The MVP of the World Series and NLCS ran into more bad luck in the third, this time on the field. Casey Blake was on second with a double when Furcal hit a hard grounder to shortstop that Rollins tried to backhand. The ball knocked off the heel of his glove for an error and an unearned run that tied the score at 1.
Hamels struck out nine over seven innings.
"I don't know what would be better," Hamels said. "I'm going out there and competing as best as I possibly can."
"To do something like this on the road means a lot to us," Torre said.
|Russell Martin puts the Dodgers ahead in the 10th inning with an RBI double. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Juan Pierre, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.383|
|Rafael Furcal, SS||5||0||1||0||0||1||2||.243|
|Orlando Hudson, 2B||5||0||1||0||0||4||2||.342|
|Andre Ethier, RF||4||1||1||0||1||2||0||.272|
|Russell Martin, C||4||1||3||1||1||0||2||.289|
|James Loney, 1B||4||1||1||1||1||0||2||.276|
|Matt Kemp, CF||5||1||3||1||0||1||1||.293|
|Casey Blake, 3B||4||1||2||1||0||1||2||.276|
|Chad Billingsley, P||3||0||0||0||0||2||3||.167|
|Cory Wade, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Xavier Paul, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Jonathan Broxton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ramon Troncoso, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-doubled for Wade in the 9th|
|2B - Russell Martin (6, Durbin), Matt Kemp (8, Durbin), Casey Blake (6, Hamels), Xavier Paul (1, Lidge)|
|3B - Matt Kemp (4, Lidge)|
|HR - James Loney (2, Hamels)|
|SF - Casey Blake (4)|
|SH - Juan Pierre (1)|
|RBI - Russell Martin (15), James Loney (26), Matt Kemp (25), Casey Blake (22)|
|2-OUT RBI - Russell Martin (10), Matt Kemp (7)|
|SB - Russell Martin (4, 2nd base off Hamels/Ruiz)|
|CS - Rafael Furcal (2, 2nd base by Hamels/Ruiz), Russell Martin (3, 2nd base by Hamels/Ruiz)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Loney-Furcal, Martin-Loney-Furcal-Blake|
|E - Chad Billingsley (1, Misplayed grounder), Russell Martin (1, Throwing)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Cory Wade (H,4)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||5.06|
|Jonathan Broxton (BS,2; W,4-0)||1||2||2||2||1||3||0||1.59|
|Ramon Troncoso (S,2)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.99|
|HBP - Utley (by Ramon Troncoso)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chad Billingsley 123-75, Cory Wade 8-6, Jonathan Broxton 27-18, Ramon Troncoso 13-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Billingsley 8-3, Cory Wade 2-1, Ramon Troncoso 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Chad Billingsley 27, Cory Wade 3, Jonathan Broxton 6, Ramon Troncoso 4|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||5||1||1||0||0||1||3||.200|
|Shane Victorino, CF||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.252|
|Chase Utley, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||2||0||.278|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||4||0||0||1||0||2||1||.262|
|Jayson Werth, RF||4||0||0||0||0||4||1||.288|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||3||1||2||0||1||0||0||.336|
|Pedro Feliz, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.283|
|a- Greg Dobbs, PH||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.138|
|Chad Durbin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||2||0||2||2||2||0||0||.257|
|Cole Hamels, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Matt Stairs, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.368|
|Ryan Madson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brad Lidge, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Eric Bruntlett, PH-3B||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.130|
|a-walked for Feliz in the 9th|
|b-flied out for Hamels in the 7th|
|c-struck out for Lidge in the 9th|
|2B - Jimmy Rollins (7, Billingsley), Carlos Ruiz (4, Broxton)|
|SF - Ryan Howard (1)|
|SH - Shane Victorino (1), Cole Hamels 2 (3)|
|RBI - Ryan Howard (23), Carlos Ruiz 2 (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Carlos Ruiz 2 (2)|
|CS - Carlos Ruiz (1, Home by Billingsley/Martin)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Ruiz-Utley-Howard, Howard-Rollins|
|E - Raul Ibanez (1, Throwing), Jimmy Rollins (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|Chad Durbin (L,1-1)||1||2||2||2||2||2||0||4.19|
|IBB - Loney by Chad Durbin|
|Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 110-73, Ryan Madson 19-11, Brad Lidge 16-9, Chad Durbin 29-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 6-4, Chad Durbin 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 27, Ryan Madson 5, Brad Lidge 5, Chad Durbin 7|
|Attendance - 45307|
|Game Time - 3:33|
|Temperature - 70|
|Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Tim Tschida, Third Base - Bob Davidson|