By Sam Bush
The Phillies played on the biggest stage in MLB since the pandemic last night, and they lost again.
Mookie Betts hit a home run in the seventh inning and the Dodgers beat the Phillies 5-3 at Dodger Stadium before the largest crowd to attend a professional sports league game in the United States since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Betts led off the seventh by driving an 0-2 changeup from Ranger Suarez (2-1) over the left-center wall to give Los Angeles a 4-3 lead. Betts, who had three hits, also provided an insurance run with an RBI single in the eighth.
The Phillies have lost two straight and also saw slugger Bryce Harper leave the game with lower back stiffness after he took an awkward swing in the fourth.
The Dodgers acquired Betts from the Red Sox in February 2020, so this was the first time he got to play in front of a big crowd at Chavez Ravine.
The game was played before a sellout throng of 52,078 after California lifted many COVID-19 safety measures overnight, including allowing stadiums to go to full capacity.
Joe Kelly (2-0), the third of five Dodgers pitchers, worked a scoreless seventh to get the win and Blake Treinen pitched the ninth for his third save.
The Dodgers got on the board in the first when Gavin Lux got aboard with a one-out single, advanced to third on Justin Turner’s single and scored on Will Smith’s grounder.
The Phils evened it in the second when Andrew McCutchen drove Julio Urias’ fastball into the seats in left-center.
The Dodgers took a 3-1 lead in the fourth on RBI doubles by Zach McKinstry and Urias. The Dodgers lead the NL in RBIs by their pitchers with 15, including eight by Urias in his last five starts.
Philly tied it in the fifth by taking advantage of a pair of Dodgers errors. After Alec Brohm led off with a single, Luke Williams reached first on a throwing error by second baseman Chris Taylor. After pitcher Zach Eflin’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third, Odubel Herrera’s base hit drove in Brohm. Williams scored to tie it at 3 when left fielder Matt Beaty misplayed the ball.
Urias was trying to become the first 10-game winner in the majors but was plagued by bad fielding. The left-hander allowed six hits and three runs (two earned) in 5 2/3 innings with five strikeouts and two walks. It was only the third no-decision for Urias in 15 starts.
Eflin failed to make it to the sixth inning for only the second time in 13 starts. He went five, allowing three runs and seven hits with two strikeouts.