Dodgers open with back-to-back HRs in Philly

Doug Mendoza
September 20, 2017

Kershaw put an end to Los Angeles' lengthy slide on Tuesday, when he earned the win at San Francisco after allowing two runs - one earned - over six innings.

Aaron Altherr hit a sixth-inning grand slam off Kershaw, lifting the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-3 win over Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park.

Kershaw had loaded the bases 103 times coming into Monday's action. It was the longest scoreless streak by any pitcher against the Phillies since the Mets' Tom Seaver blanked them for 38 consecutive innings from 1969-70.

The offensive outburst turned a loss into a win for Pivetta, who allowed just the two first-inning runs in six innings.

Kershaw is as competitive as it gets, and he didn't make much effort to hide his displeasure during a postgame group interview session that lasted all of three minutes. Corey Seager came into this set with 151 hits, 78 runs, 20 homers and 71 RBI while Justin Turner had 139 hits, 68 runs, 20 homers and 69 RBI.

L.A. starting pitcher #Clayton Kershaw seemed to have the game in hand for his team after the early run support.

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"That's obviously pretty special to be the first one to do that", said Aaron Altherr, who provided the grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning. Hoskins had some big at-bats, and that was a big at-bat to walk right there. "We had the lead and I blew it and we lost, so there's not a lot of progress there to be had".

"I really don't have an answer for that".

Taylor's wind-blown home run caromed off the metal guardrail in front of the center-field bleachers and took a fortuitous bounce toward left field. Altherr pounded it to the upper deck in left field for his second career grand slam. He still owns a sterling 17-3 record with a 2.26 ERA and a 194/30 K/BB ratio in 163 innings on the season.

The loss kept the Dodgers from cutting any further into their magic number to clinch the NL West (four). He's at four. I definitely know he's trending in the right direction.

The Dodgers had three home runs themselves but it wasn't enough to counteract Altherr's one sweet shot.

The Phillies bullpen gave up just one more - a solo home run by Curtis Granderson with one out in the ninth that made it a one-run game before Hector Neris closed it out.

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