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Dodgers Short Hops: Game 4

Dodgers Short Hops: Game 4

Fielding the Dodgers' Game 4 7-5 loss to the Phillies on a short hop ...

In < 25 words ...
A back-and-forth affair saw the Dodgers wrest the lead in the fifth and sixth innings only to see the Phillies storm back.

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Frozen moment
Dodgers starting pitcher Derek Lowe is known around baseball as an intense competitor, and it showed after he allowed two runs in the first inning -- Lowe threw a water cooler in the dugout and tore off his jersey in the dugout.

Big number
4 -- The Dodgers bullpen allowed four eighth-inning runs on a pair of two-run homers, which proved to be the difference in Monday night's game.

Game balls

Derek Lowe

Lowe rebounded after a tough first inning to keep the Phillies scoreless through the following four frames.

Juan Pierre

The Dodgers outfielder made his first start of the National League Championship Series on Monday night and got two hits.

Manny Ramirez

The Dodgers left fielder stayed hot with two hits in two at-bats.

Sense of October
It's rare to see a hitter intentionally walked in the first inning, but that's exactly what happened when Ramirez made his first plate appearance Monday night. The Dodgers had Rafael Furcal on second base with one out in the first, and the Phillies didn't want to give the hottest hitter in the game a chance to inflict any early damage, much to the chagrin of the Dodger Stadium faithful.


Pierre
Lines of the Game
Hitting
Juan Pierre
3 AB, 1 R, 2 H
Comment: The Dodgers outfielder hasn't been getting much playing time lately, but he turned in a good night at the plate for Los Angeles.


Wade
Pitching
Cory Wade
0.2 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 H
Comment: Wade allowed the Phils to tie it up in the eighth by allowing a two-run homer to Shane Victorino.

Spoken
"These guys are fighting their hearts out, and I just told them to be back here on Wednesday to be ready to play baseball. " -- Dodgers manager Joe Torre, after canceling Tuesday's off-day workout

Next step
The Dodgers need a win in Game 5 at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday to keep their World Series hopes alive. A 3-1 series deficit is not insurmountable -- it was just last year that the Red Sox came back from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Indians in the American League Championship Series.

Kevin Horan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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