Phillies vs. Dodgers: Phils move up to second place in NL East

Phillies vs. Dodgers: Phils move up to second place in NL East

The Phillies are about to do something they haven’t done since April 2014 — win a series at Dodger Stadium.

The Phils put themselves in that position by winning the first two of a four-game streak in Los Angeles. They beat the Dodgers 12-10 in 10 innings Friday night to improve their record on their current trip to 4-1. They recorded two out of three in Seattle before traveling to Los Angeles.

Offense was a key during the trip. The Phils have averaged 7.6 runs and hit 10 home runs in their first five games. They play two more at Dodger Stadium before a rest day Monday and the start of a three-game series against San Diego at home on Tuesday.

The Phillies are 0-5-1 in their last six series at Dodger Stadium dating back to 2015.

Ranger Suarez will get the ball against Dodgers left-hander Julio Urias on Saturday night.

Saturday night’s game will be Bryce Harper’s last of the trip. He will have a PRP injection on his injured right elbow on Sunday, which will likely keep him out of the line-up until Wednesday.

We will miss Harper. He’s been swinging a hot bat since the injury forced him to switch to the intended hitter spot on April 17. He had three more hits – two doubles and a homer – Friday night. He leads the Phillies with eight home runs and the Majors with 22 extra base hits.

The Dodgers scratched scheduled starter Clayton Kershaw with back problems before Friday night’s game, but his replacement, Walker Buehler, was no problem as he entered the contest 4-1 with a 1.96 ERA.

The Phillies matched Buehler for nine hits and five runs in five innings. Rookie Bryson Stott, playing shortstop in place of the injured Didi Gregorius, drove in three runs with two hits in the first four innings.

Starter Kyle Gibson (six carries in 3 2/3 innings) was not sharp and the bullpen continued to be an adventure for the Phillies. With Seranthony Dominguez and Corey Knebel absent due to workloads, manager Joe Girardi tried to let Jeurys Familia level a two-run lead in heat 9. He allowed Justin Turner a game-changing two-run homer to send the game into extra innings.

Nick Castellanos ran two of his three runs that night with a double in the 10th and he stole third place, scoring from a throwing error to give the Phils a 12-9 lead in the 10th.

Rookie right-hander Francisco Morales was thrown into the fire in his second Major League appearance. He struggled with command issues and three walks, but prompted a huge double-play ball on Mookie Betts en route to his first save in the big league.

The Phillies’ hot streak on the West Coast has left them 16-17 and catapulted them to second place in the NL East, 5½ games behind the division-leading Mets.

A Saturday night win would take the Phils to .500 for the first time since they finished April 11-11.

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