Phillies vs. Dodgers: MLB’s hottest hitter, Bryce Harper, drives Phils to victory

Phillies vs. Dodgers: MLB’s hottest hitter, Bryce Harper, drives Phils to victory

There’s no hitter in baseball right now more dedicated than Bryce Harper, who keeps making the Phillies win out west.

Harper doubled in the first inning and smashed a three-run home run by Dodgers left-hander Julio Urias, a 20-game winner last season, in the third inning Saturday night who came in with a 2.10 ERA.

The Phillies won the game 8-3, earning their third straight win at Dodger Stadium. They are 5-1 on their seven-game road trip after going 4-1 in the home stand last week. This is their first straight win at Dodger Stadium since 2014 and they’re six runs behind the record for a visiting team in a four-game series at Chavez Ravine.

“We’re hooked. I’m surprised, I’m shocked to be doing this at Dodger Stadium,” hottie Jean Segura told the Phillies broadcast crew in a post-game interview. “The boys are really swinging the bats.”

Harper is 17-36 (.472) in his last nine games with five home runs, seven doubles, 12 RBI and 11 runs scored. His 24 extra base hits are five more than anyone this season in the majors. His seven extra base hits over the past three nights are the most ever by a guest player in a three-game stretch at Dodger Stadium. Harper even made his way aboard in his final attack. The play was ruled a miss on Dodgers reliever Reyes Moronta but could easily have scored and may be changed to one upon further review.

No time is ideal to ditch Harper, but he will have a PRP injection on his injured right elbow on Sunday and that will keep him out of the lineup on Sunday and probably Tuesday. The Phils have Monday off before welcoming the Padres threesome.

Segura started the scoring with a three-run homer in the first inning, taking advantage of Justin Turner’s two-off error. In the fourth, Kyle Schwarber and Rhys Hoskins went deep as Urias allowed a career-worst four homers.

The Phillies’ offense has gone mad in Los Angeles, an unexpected development given the Dodgers’ 2.26-team ERA entry into the series. The Dodgers had conceded more than five runs on one occasion all season before facing the Phillies, who went 9, 12 and 8 for 29 runs on 37 hits in the first three games. It’s hard to imagine the lineup feeling any more confident than it’s feeling right now.

Ranger Suarez (4-1, 3.72 ERA) put on an impressive game that lasted seven innings. He allowed Mookie Betts a leadoff homer and gave up two runs in the fourth but fought his way out of a jam with the second and third and one, leaving Hanser Alberto, Austin Barnes and every Dodger the rest of the way. Suarez ended his night by putting down 11 in a row.

Getting length from Suarez was important on Saturday night because the Phillies’ bullpen, particularly the back end, was taxed. Going strong from Suarez seven, manager Joe Girardi could only field Seranthony Dominguez in eighth and Connor Brogdon in ninth.

The win makes the Phillies 17-17. They’re at .500 for the first time since they were 10-10 and haven’t been above that since they were 3-2. They’ll be looking to make a serious statement at 4:10 p.m. Sunday afternoon when they hope to finish a four-game sweep behind Aaron Nola. The Dodgers had not named a starter by the end of Saturday’s game.

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