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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

But another reliever pitching his way out of the postseason picture - Ross Stripling - served up two home runs in the bottom of the seventh and the Philadelphia Phillies scored twice more in the eighth to hand the Dodgers' their third straight loss in Philadelphia, 7-5, Wednesday night.

The last time any player on the Phillies drove in 40 RBI across a 40-game stretch was back in 1954 when Del Ennis achieved the feat.

Two batters after Altherr hit his 19th homer of the season, Tommy Joseph followed up with a solo homer to put the Phillies up 5-4.

"I'm just seeing the ball really well, got my timing back and I'm a lot more relaxed at the plate", Altherr said. "Those were the only two bad ones I threw".

Chris Taylor cut it to 2-1 when he hit his 21st homer the opposite way to right in the third.

Four batters later, rookie Cody Bellinger belted a two-run double down the right field line that put the Dodgers in front, 4-2. Phillies LF/1B Rhys Hoskins went 0-for-2 with two walks.

"I think there is some bleeding into when you don't have success or consecutive outings that don't go well it could bleed into the psyche", Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Stripling. "I felt good with Ross [Stripling] coming in, but to come in and walk the first hitter and then hang a breaking ball, it's a new ballgame".

Earlier in the series, Altherr became the first major leaguer to hit a grand slam off Clayton Kershaw. Wood went six innings, allowing two runs and three hits - all of which came in the second inning.

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Utley brought Barnes home with a fielder's choice groundball to first base that tied the game at 5-5. Philadelphia are 6-2 in their last 8 overall and Philadelphia are 2-6 in their last 8 Thursday games while Philadelphia are 6-2 in their last 8 games on grass.

Before the Dodgers' bullpen blew the lead, starter Alex Wood turned in a quality start. "I'll build off these starts and I'll keep going from there".

Philadelphia starter, Jake Thompson also did not factor in the decision, surrendering just one run on three hits with three walks and three strikeouts in five innings of work.

Hector Neris posted his 23rd save with some help from center fielder Odubel Herrera, who made a leaping grab on a Yasiel Puig fly ball to end the game, which was confirmed by replay review.

The Dodgers lead the Cleveland Indians by 1.5 games in the race for potential home-field advantage in the World Series, now that the All-Star Game no longer settles that.

The Los Angeles Dodgers' celebration is on hold. Their magic number to clinch a fifth straight NL West title remained at two when Arizona beat San Diego in a late game, so they'll have to wait until at least Friday to wrap up the division crown.

Kenta Maeda will take the mound for the Dodgers on getaway day against RHP Mark Leiter Jr. for Philadelphia.