Dodgers have edge over Phils in tight games

Dodgers have edge over Phils in tight games

PHILADELPHIA --- The Dodgers and Phillies played their fifth straight one-run game on Wednesday, and their third of the current four-game set. All three times, the Dodgers prevailed.

Los Angeles, which still owns Major League Baseball's best record at 37-21, is 16-9 in one-run games this season. The Dodgers broke open a one-run game in an 8-3 win on Thursday with a four-run ninth inning.

Manager Don Mattingly attributed part of his club's success in close games to the Dodgers' steady bullpen, which is made up of mostly first- or second-year Major Leaguers and a few veterans. Los Angeles' bullpen has allowed just one run in eight innings in the current series against Philadelphia.

"I think it tells that our bullpen's pretty solid, where we've been able to -- when we get to that seventh inning, and you've gotten past your starter and you're in a one-run game, you're basically relying on your bullpen to hold it. And they've been pretty good," Mattingly said.