Puig, Anderson lead Dodgers past Phillies 4-3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) A little extra rest did Brett Anderson a lot of good.
Anderson allowed one run in six innings, Yasiel Puig hit a three-run home run and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 on Wednesday night.
''I felt real good,'' Anderson said. ''My fastball was the best it's been this year.''
Howie Kendrick had three hits to help the Dodgers win for the fifth time in six games.
Anderson (6-6), who hadn't pitched since last Tuesday thanks in part to two off days since his last start, won for the first time since July 1. He allowed four hits, struck out five and walked two.
''He was really sharp tonight,'' Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
Jeff Francoeur homered for Philadelphia. The Phillies lost for only the fourth time in their last 17 games. They still have the worst record in baseball at 42-66.
''Although we lost, we fought them pretty hard,'' Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. ''We're not out of games. We had a good chance to come back and win that game. There are a lot of positives.''
Kenley Jansen struck out the side in a 1-2-3 ninth for his 20th save in his 21st opportunity.
Philadelphia starter Aaron Harang (5-12) reverted back to the form that saw him lose eight straight games prior to winning his last start. The right-hander allowed four runs on seven hits in five innings. He tied his season high with five walks and had one strikeout.
''I wasn't establishing fastball command early enough,'' Harang said. ''You put yourself in a hole when you fall behind in the count. I can't do that.''
Puig launched a hanging curveball into the seats in left with two outs in the first inning to put the Dodgers up 3-0. ''Poorly executed pitch,'' Harang said. The Phillies got a run back in the third on Maikel Franco's RBI double.
Harang labored through 104 pitches, but gave up only one more run on Adrian Gonzalez's fifth-inning groundout that put Los Angeles ahead 4-1.
The Dodgers could've increased the margin, but they left the bases loaded in the fifth and sixth innings and left two on in the seventh when Puig misjudged a ball that bounced off the dirt in front of catcher Carlos Ruiz. Puig was easily tagged out after trying to score from third.
''It's something we've been working on,'' Mattingly said. ''It's just game awareness, back to baserunning principles. It's frustrating when you get outside your principles.''
Francoeur's two-run shot to left in the eighth off Jim Johnson brought Philadelphia to 4-3. ''He's come up big all year,'' Mackanin said.
Former Phillies standout Jimmy Rollins received a standing ovation during his first at-bat for the second straight night. Rollins, who starred in Philadelphia for 15 seasons prior to his trade to Los Angeles last offseason, went 0 for 3.
Puig's homer was the Dodgers' lone extra-base hit, marking the 97th consecutive road game Los Angeles has an extra-base hit. Los Angeles, which started the streak last June 20, is 30 games away from tying the Cardinals for the modern-day NL record.
Phillies: 2B Chase Utley, on the DL since June 23 with right ankle inflammation, went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI for Double-A Reading on Wednesday night against the Trenton Thunder in his third minor league rehab game. The Phillies will re-evaluate Utley on Thursday before determining whether to continue the rehab assignment or bring him back to the majors. Mackanin said Utley wouldn't play every day upon his return, ''but he's going to get some playing time.'' ... RHP Chad Billingsley will have his surgically repaired right elbow re-examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles on Thursday. Billingsley, who is trying a comeback with the Phillies this season after two right elbow surgeries, has been on the DL since July 19. He is 2-3 with a 5.84 ERA in seven starts this season.
Dodgers RHP Zach Greinke (10-2, 1.41) takes the mound against RHP David Buchanan (2-5, 6.44) as the teams wrap up the three-game series Thursday. Greinke allowed one hit in eight scoreless innings, striking out eight and walking none, in the Dodgers' 6-0 home victory over the Phillies on July 9.