LOS ANGELES (AP) — No team in the majors has hit the Los Angeles Dodgers this season as effectively as the Philadelphia Phillies did during back-to-back victories at Chavez Ravine.
And they didn’t even let up after Justin Turner dramatically propelled the Dodgers into extra innings.
Nick Castellanos had a two-run double during the Phillies’ three-run 10th inning, and Philadelphia battered the slumping Dodgers’ pitching staff for the second straight game in a 12-10 victory Friday night.
Bryce Harper hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the sixth and a solo homer in the eighth for the Phillies, who have 27 hits and 21 runs in their first two games against the NL’s top staff by ERA. It’s a tremendously encouraging development for a team that sat in the middle of the major league pack offensively until the past week on the West Coast.
“We know they’re really good,” said manager Joe Girardi, whose team has 38 runs in the last five games, all on the road. “Their staff is fantastic. Our guys are just grinding out at-bats, and they’ve done a really good job. We think we have a pretty good offense, and at times we struggled this year, but we’ve seemed to get it going on this road trip. … We know that we have a bunch of gifted hitters. We feel that.”
Turner hit a tying two-run homer in the ninth and drove in four runs for the Dodgers, but they have lost three straight for the first time since July 21-23, 2021, because they couldn’t cool the Phils’ bats.
Kyle Schwarber homered, rookie Bryson Stott drove in a career-high three runs and Castellanos also had three RBIs.
When asked why the Phillies are teeing off against Los Angeles, Castellanos admitted he has no idea. He was more impressed by his team’s poise after blowing a late two-run lead.
“That’s what we’ve been doing really…