Herrera’s two-run double lifts Dodgers over Phillies, 2-1
Veteran Cliff Lee turned in another strong start, but the southpaw’s effort, once again, went for naught as Philadelphia continues to fail to provide any run support and suffered a 2-1 defeat to the visiting Dodgers on Tuesday night.
Los Angeles (35-21), who lead the NL West by four games over the Giants, received seven solid innings from Chad Billingsley and used a two-run double by Elian Herrera with two outs in the eighth innings to pull out the narrow road win.
The Phillies, who fell a game below .500 at 28-29 with the loss, took an early 1-0 lead via Hunter Pence’s single that plated Jimmy Rollins. Rollins led off the frame with a double.
Meanwhile, Billingsley prevented the Phillies from padding their lead as the Dodgers’ starter scattered a few singles and continued to put up zeros until Herrera’s clutch hit.
Cliff Lee, who fell to 0-3 with the loss, allowed just two runs on six hits over 7.2 innings. He struck out a season-high 12 while walking just one.
Chad Qualls relieved Lee and didn’t allow a hit over the last 1.1 innings.
Rollins, Pence, and Wiggington all had two-hit games for Philadelphia.
Chad Billingsley only struck out three, but limited the Phillies to just one run on six hits over seven innings to improve to 3-4.
Josh Lindblom worked a scoreless eighth to set the stage for Kenley Jansen to record his eighth save.
By: Thomas "Bubba" Rosenbaum