Stripling, Kemp lead Dodgers to 8-2 win over Phillies

LOS ANGELES (AP) Ross Stripling is surprising even himself with the way he's piling up strikeouts lately.

The right-hander had nine more Wednesday night to increase his total to 28 over his last three starts, Matt Kemp homered and drove in four runs, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-2.

Stripling pitched out of the bullpen the first month of the season before joining the Dodgers' rotation April 30. His place among the Dodgers' starters seems secure now with all those strikeouts and just two earned runs allowed over the last three outings.

''I really never have been a guy that struck out more than one an inning, even in college,'' said Stripling, who was drafted in the fifth round out of Texas A&M in 2012. ''It's kind of a new thing.''

He gives at least part of the strikeout credit to an adjustment that pitching coach Rick Honeycutt made with his curveball.

''He (said), `Why don't you just throw it as hard as you can,'' said Stripling, who admitted he often tried to aim the pitch. ''Since then it has been a lot better. It has been consistent in the zone and with two strikes it has been consistent on the plate short, and I feel like my arm action is better.''

Stripling (3-1), who gave up a run and four hits, has won each of his last three starts and lowered his ERA as a starter to 2.18, with a 1.68 mark overall.

Kemp had an RBI double in the first inning, a two-run home run in the third and a sacrifice fly in the eighth as he recorded his team-leading 16th multi-hit game and second in two nights. His two hits moved him into the National League lead with a .345 batting average.

Phillies starter Zach Eflin (1-2) lasted just four innings, giving up five runs and seven hits. Nick Williams homered for Philadelphia, his sixth of the season and second in two games.

''Eflin was good he was just having trouble locating and fell behind,'' Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. ''They have some good hitters over there. Kemp is swinging the bat very well. It's hard to sneak a fastball or a slider by him right now.''

Max Muncy also hit a home run for the Dodgers, his seventh, just two batters before Kemp went deep against Eflin. Over his last three starts, Eflin has been unable to get through five innings.

''They took advantage of my bad pitches and they hit some good pitches,'' Eflin said. ''It was just one of those days where I got hit around.''

The Dodgers have won five of their last six games against the Phillies at Dodger Stadium, going back to April of last season. Since the start of 2015, the Dodgers have won 10 of 13 against the Phillies in Los Angeles.

Cody Bellinger had two hits for the Dodgers, his first multi-hit game since May 8.

SEIZING THE OPPORTUNITY

Stripling got his chance to start after a bevy of injuries in the rotation. Clayton Kershaw (biceps tendinitis), Rich Hill (blister), Hyun-Jin Ryu (groin) and Kenta Maeda (hip) are all currently on the DL.

Stripling gave up four runs over four innings in a start at Arizona on April 30, but since then he has not given up more than two earned runs in any outing. He even helped himself on offense in this game, delivering an RBI single in the fifth inning. It was just his second career RBI after also recording one in 2016.

''That was just kind of a step in the bucket and flair it the other way,'' Stripling said of his third career hit. ''It was cool to get an RBI.''

WILLIAMS GOES DEEP AGAIN

Williams' home run that spoiled the Dodgers' potential shutout bid gave him home runs in consecutive games for the first time in his career. It also is helping to distance himself from a rough end to April when he was in an 0-for-20 dry spell.

Four of Williams' six home runs have come over his last nine games and he has a .741 slugging percentage over that stretch.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: A further examination on the jaw of OF Rhys Hoskins revealed a fracture, after he was hit in the face by his own foul ball Monday. Hoskins is expected to go on the DL. ... Pedro Florimon, who was placed on the DL with a fracture in his left foot, will need to undergo a surgical procedure, Kapler said.

Dodgers: LHP Hill participated in his second simulated game since Saturday, pitching three innings with a protective covering over the blister on his left middle finger. There remains no timetable for Hill's return. ... A day after leaving his outing in the second inning, RHP Maeda was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a mild hip strain. ... INF Chase Utley also went on the 10-day disabled list with a left thumb sprain.

ROSTER SHUFFLE

With Maeda and Utley each going on the disabled list, the Dodgers recalled RHP Dennis Santana and ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte. It is Santana's first time on a major league roster. He will be available out of the bullpen for now, but could start in the upcoming weekend series at Colorado.

The Phillies also added to their roster, recalling infielder Mitch Walding. He replaced Florimon, who fractured his foot in Tuesday's game.

UP NEXT

LHP Kershaw (1-4, 2.86 ERA) is expected to return from the disabled list and start in the series finale. RHP Aaron Nola (6-2, 2.27), who has given up one earned run of less in four of his five May starts, is set to make his second career start against the Dodgers.

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LAD26-29
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  • W: R. Stripling (3-1)L: Z. Eflin (1-2)
  • HR: PHI - N. Williams (6), LAD - M. Kemp (7), M. Muncy (7)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B40110111.269.381.428.8092.5
O. Herrera CF50000023.320.384.495.879-1.0
C. Santana 1B40200010.221.338.442.7801.5
A. Altherr RF40100012.195.329.353.6830.5
N. Williams LF41111014.229.306.431.7375.5
S. Kingery SS30000110.217.270.335.6060.5
M. Walding 3B40000041.000.000.000.000-2.0
J. Alfaro C31100011.256.308.391.6993.5
Z. Eflin P10000011.250.250.625.875-0.5
a- J. Valentin PH10100000.154.154.154.3081.0
V. Arano P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- M. Franco PH10000001.262.298.452.7510.0
D. Hutchison P0000-000.333.500.333.000-
c- A. Knapp PH10100000.167.267.197.4641.0
  • a-singled for Eflin in the 5th
  • b-grounded out for Arano in the 7th
  • c-singled for Hutchison in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Pederson LF41210002.254.342.397.7394.0
M. Muncy 1B51111035.253.357.537.8944.5
Y. Grandal C31100223.261.369.471.8403.0
M. Kemp RF41241001.345.372.554.92611.0
P. Venditte P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Bellinger CF41200122.235.307.431.7385.0
C. Taylor SS51110034.242.328.437.7652.5
B. Valera 3B41100001.111.273.111.3842.0
L. Forsythe 2B30100100.205.255.295.5512.0
R. Stripling P20110000.091.091.091.1822.0
Y. Garcia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- E. Hernandez PH-RF11100000.217.294.433.7272.0
  • a-singled for Y. Garcia in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Alfaro (6)
  • HR - N. Williams (6)
  • RBI - C. Hernandez (21), N. Williams (14)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Hernandez (11)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Kemp (14), C. Taylor (13)
  • HR - M. Muncy (7), M. Kemp (7)
  • SF - J. Pederson (2), M. Kemp (3)
  • SH - R. Stripling (2)
  • RBI - J. Pederson (18), M. Muncy (19), M. Kemp 4 (30), C. Taylor (20), R. Stripling
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Muncy (3), M. Kemp 3 (9), R. Stripling
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Bellinger (2)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Alfaro (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Eflin (L, 1-2)4.07551524.501.31-3.5
V. Arano2.04221202.080.980.0
D. Hutchison2.02112304.641.592.5
PITCHERSIP
Z. Eflin (L, 1-2)4.0
V. Arano2.0
D. Hutchison2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Stripling (W, 3-1)7.04112911.681.1428.5
Y. Garcia1.02000204.701.172.0
P. Venditte1.02110207.361.361.0
PITCHERSIP
R. Stripling (W, 3-1)7.0
Y. Garcia1.0
P. Venditte1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - D. Hutchison (4)
  • IBB - V. Arano (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Eflin 78-50, V. Arano 31-23, D. Hutchison 42-25
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Eflin 5-3, V. Arano 3-1, D. Hutchison 2-1
  • Batters Faced - Z. Eflin 21, V. Arano 11, D. Hutchison 10
PITCHING
  • HBP - P. Venditte
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stripling 92-61, Y. Garcia 27-18, P. Venditte 30-20
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Stripling 6-6, P. Venditte 1-0
  • Batters Faced - R. Stripling 27, Y. Garcia 5, P. Venditte 6
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Hernandez 2B40110111.269.381.428.8092.5
O. Herrera CF50000023.320.384.495.879-1.0
C. Santana 1B40200010.221.338.442.7801.5
A. Altherr RF40100012.195.329.353.6830.5
N. Williams LF41111014.229.306.431.7375.5
S. Kingery SS30000110.217.270.335.6060.5
M. Walding 3B40000041.000.000.000.000-2.0
J. Alfaro C31100011.256.308.391.6993.5
Z. Eflin P10000011.250.250.625.875-0.5
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V. Arano P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- M. Franco PH10000001.262.298.452.7510.0
D. Hutchison P0000-000.333.500.333.000-
c- A. Knapp PH10100000.167.267.197.4641.0
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  • a-singled for Eflin in the 5th
  • b-grounded out for Arano in the 7th
  • c-singled for Hutchison in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Pederson LF41210002.254.342.397.7394.0
M. Muncy 1B51111035.253.357.537.8944.5
Y. Grandal C31100223.261.369.471.8403.0
M. Kemp RF41241001.345.372.554.92611.0
P. Venditte P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Bellinger CF41200122.235.307.431.7385.0
C. Taylor SS51110034.242.328.437.7652.5
B. Valera 3B41100001.111.273.111.3842.0
L. Forsythe 2B30100100.205.255.295.5512.0
R. Stripling P20110000.091.091.091.1822.0
Y. Garcia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- E. Hernandez PH-RF11100000.217.294.433.7272.0
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  • a-singled for Y. Garcia in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Alfaro (6)
  • HR - N. Williams (6)
  • RBI - C. Hernandez (21), N. Williams (14)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Hernandez (11)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Kemp (14), C. Taylor (13)
  • HR - M. Muncy (7), M. Kemp (7)
  • SF - J. Pederson (2), M. Kemp (3)
  • SH - R. Stripling (2)
  • RBI - J. Pederson (18), M. Muncy (19), M. Kemp 4 (30), C. Taylor (20), R. Stripling
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Muncy (3), M. Kemp 3 (9), R. Stripling
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Bellinger (2)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Alfaro (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Eflin (L, 1-2)4.07551524.501.31-3.5
V. Arano2.04221202.080.980.0
D. Hutchison2.02112304.641.592.5
Total8.013884102---
PITCHERSIP
Z. Eflin (L, 1-2)4.0
V. Arano2.0
D. Hutchison2.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Stripling (W, 3-1)7.04112911.681.1428.5
Y. Garcia1.02000204.701.172.0
P. Venditte1.02110207.361.361.0
Total9.08222131---
PITCHERSIP
R. Stripling (W, 3-1)7.0
Y. Garcia1.0
P. Venditte1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - D. Hutchison (4)
  • IBB - V. Arano (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Eflin 78-50, V. Arano 31-23, D. Hutchison 42-25
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Eflin 5-3, V. Arano 3-1, D. Hutchison 2-1
  • Batters Faced - Z. Eflin 21, V. Arano 11, D. Hutchison 10
PITCHING
  • HBP - P. Venditte
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stripling 92-61, Y. Garcia 27-18, P. Venditte 30-20
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Stripling 6-6, P. Venditte 1-0
  • Batters Faced - R. Stripling 27, Y. Garcia 5, P. Venditte 6
  • 9TH INNING
    Hernandez reached on an infield single to second, Alfaro scored, Knapp to third28
  • 8TH INNING
    Kemp hit sacrifice fly to center, Hernandez scored, Pederson to third18
  • 7TH INNING
    Williams homered to center17
  • 5TH INNING
    Stripling singled to right center, Taylor scored, Forsythe to second07
    Taylor doubled to deep left, Bellinger scored06
  • 4TH INNING
    Pederson hit sacrifice fly to right, Valera scored, Forsythe to third05
  • 3RD INNING
    Kemp homered to left, Grandal scored04
    Muncy homered to center02
  • 1ST INNING
    Kemp doubled to deep left, Pederson scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Pat Venditte pitching
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Strike looking, Kingery grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Walding: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Walding struck out looking
    • J. Alfaro: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Alfaro hit by pitch
    • Andrew Knapp hit for Drew Hutchison
    • A. Knapp: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Knapp singled to left center, Alfaro to third
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Knapp to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Hernandez reached on an infield single to second, Alfaro scored, Knapp to third
    • O. Herrera: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Yimi Garcia relieved Ross Stripling
    • C. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
    • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Santana singled to left center
    • A. Altherr: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Altherr singled to left center, Santana to second
    • N. Williams: Foul, Williams popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Enrique Hernandez hit for Yimi Garcia
    • E. Hernandez: Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez reached on an infield single to second
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Hernandez to second on wild pitch, Pederson reached on an infield single to second, Hernandez to third
    • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Muncy struck out swinging
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Grandal walked, Pederson to second
    • M. Kemp: Kemp hit sacrifice fly to center, Hernandez scored, Pederson to third
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bellinger walked, Grandal to second
    • C. Taylor: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Taylor struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • R. Stripling Pitching:
    • N. Williams: Strike looking, Ball, Williams homered to center
    • S. Kingery: Kingery lined out to shortstop
    • M. Walding: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Walding struck out swinging
    • J. Alfaro: Strike swinging, Alfaro doubled to right
    • Maikel Franco hit for Victor Arano
    • M. Franco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Franco grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Drew Hutchison pitching
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • B. Valera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Valera grounded out to first
    • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Forsythe grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • R. Stripling Pitching:
    • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Herrera fouled out to first
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
    • A. Altherr: Altherr grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • V. Arano Pitching:
    • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Muncy struck out looking
    • Y. Grandal: Strike swinging, Grandal singled to deep right center
    • M. Kemp: Kemp reached on fielder's choice to third, Grandal out at second
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bellinger struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • R. Stripling Pitching:
    • M. Walding: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Walding struck out swinging
    • J. Alfaro: Alfaro grounded out to shortstop
    • Jesmuel Valentin hit for Zach Eflin
    • J. Valentin: Valentin singled to left center
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Victor Arano pitching
    • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Kemp grounded out to third
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bellinger singled to deep right center
    • C. Taylor: Foul, Taylor doubled to deep left, Bellinger scored
    • B. Valera: Strike looking, Valera flied out to deep right, Taylor to third
    • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Forsythe intentionally walked
    • R. Stripling: Stripling singled to right center, Taylor scored, Forsythe to second
    • J. Pederson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pederson grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • R. Stripling Pitching:
    • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Altherr flied out to deep center
    • N. Williams: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Williams struck out swinging
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kingery struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • B. Valera: Strike looking, Ball, Valera singled to left
    • L. Forsythe: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Forsythe reached on an infield single to shortstop, Valera to second
    • R. Stripling: Stripling hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Valera to third, Forsythe to second on catcher Alfaro fielding error
    • J. Pederson: Pederson hit sacrifice fly to right, Valera scored, Forsythe to third
    • M. Muncy: Foul, Ball, Muncy lined out to second
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Grandal struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 3RD INNING
    • R. Stripling Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Hernandez grounded out to second
    • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Herrera popped out to third
    • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Santana grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • R. Stripling: Strike looking, Stripling grounded out to second
    • J. Pederson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pederson grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Ball, Muncy homered to center
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Grandal walked
    • M. Kemp: Kemp homered to left, Grandal scored
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bellinger singled to right
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Bellinger stole second, Foul, Strike looking, Taylor struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • R. Stripling Pitching:
    • S. Kingery: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kingery walked
    • M. Walding: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Walding struck out looking
    • J. Alfaro: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
    • Z. Eflin: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Eflin struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • C. Taylor: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Taylor fouled out to first
    • B. Valera: Strike looking, Ball, Valera grounded out to second
    • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Forsythe grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • R. Stripling Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez walked
    • O. Herrera: Herrera popped out to third
    • C. Santana: Ball, Santana singled to shallow left center, Hernandez to second
    • A. Altherr: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Altherr struck out swinging
    • N. Williams: Strike swinging, Ball, Williams flied out to left
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Pederson singled to right center
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Muncy struck out swinging
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Grandal struck out swinging
    • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Kemp doubled to deep left, Pederson scored
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bellinger struck out looking
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)