Galvis, Howard fuel Phils as LA falls from 1st

Galvis, Howard fuel Phils as LA falls from 1st

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers' visit to first place was brief, as Freddy Galvis slugged a three-run homer and pinch-hitter Ryan Howard added a three-run double Wednesday in the Phillies' 6-2 win that snapped the Dodgers' four-game win streak and dropped them back into second place one day after catching the Giants.

Rookie Dodgers reliever Grant Dayton allowed Galvis' seventh-inning homer to give the Phillies the lead, and Howard cleared the bases in the ninth off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen for the insurance runs. Galvis also homered Tuesday night.

"Grant's been throwing the heck out of the baseball," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of using the left-handed Dayton, who had not allowed a hit in his previous three appearances.

"I'm swinging well and just trying to stick with it," said Howard, who has been playing in a reserve role most of the season. "It's a game of ups and downs. You have downs, and some point you're going to have ups."

Dodgers starter Scott Kazmir (9-6), removed with a lead he protected from the first inning, took the loss. Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson left the game after five innings with back tightness. He retired the final 13 batters he faced and struck out seven.

Kazmir's solid start

"There were some at-bats we probably should have run the count and stress him a little more," Roberts said of his offense's approach. "We had Hellickson on the ropes, yeah. We let him catch his breath and get a rhythm, and next thing you know, he's through the fifth inning."

Hellickson, who allowed one run on three hits, was relieved by Tuesday callup Elvis Araujo, who hit Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager on the right wrist with a 91-mph fastball in the sixth inning but was the winning pitcher. X-rays on Seager were negative, and he said he expects to play Friday.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Freddy gets a start: Galvis had not homered against a left-hander since Aug. 26, 2014, but he turned on a 2-2 fastball from Dodgers lefty Dayton for a three-run home run in the seventh inning to give the Phillies a 3-1 lead. It snapped a streak of 305 consecutive plate appearances against a lefty without a home run. Galvis then preserved the lead in the eighth when he made a nice sliding catch and a strong throw to first with runners on first and second and two outs to end the inning.

Galvis' three-run homer

"I just tried to get a good at-bat," Galvis said. "I tried to put the ball in play. He was throwing everything away. He gave me a good pitch to hit. I put a good swing on it, and I hit a homer." More >

Run out of an inning: With runners on the corners and two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Dodgers attempted a double-steal, with Seager breaking for second base from first. But Josh Reddick left late from third base and was erased in a rundown to end the inning.

Rundown nabs Reddick at home

"It was supposed to be our patented double-steal. It's been a long time since I've had an attempt at one of those," said Reddick, acquired Aug. 1 from Oakland. "It was kind of uncomfortable for me, but I've got to make an adjustment and be better at that. Once I see him throw the ball at second, I've got to be able to go.

"It's just a matter of learning and adapting and adjusting to that kind of play. I'll get my work in on it, and I won't make that mistake again. We haven't done that in Oakland my whole time there. That's behind me. This is a new team, and this is the National League, so we're going to have to work on that."

Hellickson leaves early: It has been a bad week for the Phillies' rotation. They placed Aaron Nola on the disabled list on Aug. 3 and Zach Eflin on the DL on Tuesday only to watch Hellickson leave the game after the fifth inning because of tightness in his back. He had retired 14 of the final 15 batters he faced before leaving the game. Hellickson said he will be OK, but if he cannot make his next start, the Phillies will need to find two new starters to pitch next week.

Hellickson exits in the 5th

"It's definitely not something I think will linger more than a couple days," Hellickson said. More >

Tough to the Core-y: Precautionary X-rays on Seager's right arm were negative. The likely NL Rookie of the Year candidate and a possible Most Valuable Player candidate gave the injury-riddled Dodgers a real scare when he was struck by the pitch in the sixth inning. But he stayed in and completed the game, including driving a one-out double over the head of center fielder Aaron Altherr in the eighth inning, going 6-for-12 in the series.

Seager hit by a pitch, stays in

"It's sore," said Seager, now scratched from teammate Clayton Kershaw's charity ping-pong tournament Thursday. "The X-rays were negative, so that's a positive. It's starting to stiffen up a bit, but that comes with it. It'll probably bother me more hitting, the extension sideways more than down." More >

QUOTABLE
"You kind of hold your breath a little bit. He means so much to us, to our team. It was good to see him get up." -- Kazmir, on the reaction to Seager being hit by the pitch

SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez has reached base safely in 18 consecutive games, dating to July 23.

WHAT'S NEXT
Phillies: The Phils do not play Thursday, but they open a three-game series Friday at 7:05 p.m. ET against the Rockies at Citizens Bank Park. Rookie right-hander Jake Thompson makes the second start of his career after getting hit hard in his big league debut over the weekend against the Padres.

Dodgers: Rookie right-hander Ross Stripling remains in the rotation for Friday's 7:10 p.m. PT game as Rich Hill was scratched with a lingering finger blister. Stripling made his first big league start in almost three months on Saturday and threw five scoreless innings to earn this encore.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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