The Dodgers won it with one out in the ninth on a single by A.J. Ellis off Justin De Fratus to score Hanley Ramirez, who was a one-man wrecking crew.
Ramirez went 3 for 4 with a pair of runs and three RBIs. It was Ramirez’s three-run shot in the first inning that kept the Dodgers out in front into the ninth inning until the Phillies mounted a game-tying rally.
Michael Young led off the ninth with a single and moved up to second on a fielding error by Yaisel Puig. Young advanced to third on a ground out and then scored on a throwing error by center fielder Matt Kemp when his throw to the plate bounced away from the catcher Ellis.
Excluding a pair of solo homers from Utley, the rally in the ninth was the extent of the Phillies’ offensive production against the Dodgers.
Lee and Dodgers’ lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu both pitched well. Lee pitched well enough to win despite the season-high three walks. Two of those walks came in the fourth inning to load the bases with no outs in the fourth inning with the Dodgers poised to knock out Lee and the Phillies. However, Lee got out of the jam with a nifty 1-2-3 double play.
The problem for Lee was the offense. But by this point in the season, that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Utley’s homers were the only runs the Phillies got off Ryu, though there were plenty of chances to score some runs.
The Phillies stranded 11 runners on base and went 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position in the loss. They had runners in scoring position in the second, fourth, sixth, eighth and ninth innings and had their best chance to score in the eighth.
That’s where Delmon Young singled with one out, but got as far as third base on Laynce Nix’s pinch-hit double. An intentional walk to Ben Revere loaded the bases for Carlos Ruiz, who narrowly beat out a potential inning-ending 1-2-3 double play before Kevin Frandsen grounded out to end the threat.
The four-game series concludes on Sunday afternoon where Kyle Kendrick (7-4, 3.46) takes on right-hander Stephen Fife (2-2, 3.41)