The Los Angeles Dodgers won their sixth in a row on Thursday night behind an offense that has suddenly come to life. Yasiel Puig proved he can hit the down and away slider to drive in two runs to go ahead for what would be a 6-4 victory at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies.
The game looked like it would be lopsided after the first inning that saw the Dodgers get three hits and three runs off Phillies starter Jonathan Pettibone. The damage was done on back-to-back doubles from Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier as the Dodgers sent seven batters to the plate in the inning.
The Phillies would fight back in the second with Dominic Brown’s 21st homer of the season to cut it to 3-1. The comeback would continue in the top half of the fifth when Zack Greinke would give up four straight singles that tied the score at three.
The Phillies would eventually take the lead in the top half of the seventh on a Chase Utley solo homer. However, the Dodgers showed immediate fight which is something that has been lacking this season.
With the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the seventh, Puig reached out to poke a low and away slider into left field to plate the go ahead runs. It was Puig’s first and only hit in the game and it came at a great time.
The crowd at Dodgers Stadium was treated to a vintage Kemp in the bottom of the eighth as he singled and then proceeded to steal second and third. The stolen bases ended with an insurance run as A.J. Ellis would drive in Kemp on a sac fly to increase the lead to 6-4.
Kenley Jansen would nail down the win in the ninth to secure Greinke’s fourth win at home this season. The Dodgers will look to win seven in a row on Friday night for the first time since a nine game winning streak May 9-16, 2010.
WP: Zack Greinke (5-2)
LP: Justin De Fratus (2-2)
S: Kenley Jansen (7)