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Dodgers’ third consecutive loss is slow, painful

LOS ANGELES ― The Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies combined to play 10 innings across 4 hours and 18 minutes. Fourteen men combined to throw 375 pitches. The game featured four lead changes and two ties. The announced crowd of 50,712 at Dodger Stadium didn’t even get their Friday night fireworks – let alone a win.

Yes, the Dodgers’ 12-10 loss was of the slow and painful variety.

Three runs in the 10th inning doomed the Dodgers to their third consecutive loss, their longest losing streak since July of last year. Their 20-11 record left them in a virtual tie for first place in the National League West with the San Diego Padres (21-12). They have not trailed in the division standings since April.

Justin Turner hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning off Jeurys Familia, tying the score, 9-9. In the 10th inning, the Phillies took advantage of their free runner on second base and a drained Dodger bullpen to take a 12-9 lead.

With Brusdar Graterol pitching for the third time in four nights, Nick Castellanos shot a double down the left field line. Roman Quinn and Bryce Harper, who was intentionally walked, both scored. When Castellanos attempted to steal third base, catcher Austin Barnes overthrew the bag and Castellanos scored the Phillies’ 12th run.

The 12 runs were the most the Dodgers have allowed this season.

“We have to be better as a unit getting ahead and finishing hitters,” said Barnes, who collected three of the Dodgers’ 12 hits. “We just weren’t very efficient today on that side of the ball. That’s on me, that’s on the pitchers – we have to be better as a unit.”

Turner finished 2 for 4 with four RBIs. Chris Taylor hit his second home run of the season and scored three runs. Although the teams combined to score 22 runs, they also combined to leave 19 runners on base – a testament to the never-ending stream of baserunners.

Facing Francisco Morales in the bottom of the 10th inning, the Dodgers loaded the bases. Taylor was placed on second base to begin the inning. Gavin Lux walked. So did Barnes.

That turned the lineup over for Mookie Betts, who promptly grounded into a double play. Taylor scored, giving the Dodgers their 10th and final run. Freddie Freeman walked, but Trea Turner grounded out to end the game.

Walker Buehler, moved up a day in the Dodgers’ rotation by virtue of Clayton Kershaw’s back injury, allowed a season-high five runs in five innings.

“It’s a talented team, and definitely a challenging lineup, but I expect to have a little more success,” he said. “I just wasn’t very good.”

The bullpen wasn’t much better.

The sixth inning was particularly painful. Left-hander Alex Vesia, the first reliever out of the gates, faced three batters without recording an out.

Johan Camargo singled. Bryson Stott and Kyle Schwarber drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Vesia retreated to the dugout, Evan Phillips took over, and within two batters the Dodgers’ 6-5 lead was erased.

Alec Bohm’s sacrifice fly scored Camargo. Harper’s double scored Stott. Castellanos drove in Schwarber with a single to left field. Philadelphia led 8-6, and Harper’s solo home run against Phil Bickford in the eighth inning provided a critical insurance run.

Harper, a longtime nemesis of the Dodger Stadium denizens, went 3 for 4 with two doubles, the home run and two RBIs.

Even more surprising was Stott, the Phillies’ No. 9 hitter who began the day with a .111 batting average. He reached base five times in five plate appearances. With runners on second and third base in the second inning, he poked a single to left field that put Philadelphia ahead, 2-0.

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