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Bullpen Implodes, Dodgers Squander Seven-Run Lead In 10-9 Loss To Phillies

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Carlos Ruiz doubled home the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Philadelphia to a remarkable 10-9 comeback win over Los Angeles in the rubber match of a three- game set.

Jonathan Broxton (4-4) came on to protect a 9-6 lead only to hit Placido Polanco and walk both Mike Sweeney and Jayson Werth to load the bases with nobody out in the ninth. Ben Francisco hit a potential double play ball that went right between third baseman Casey Blake's legs and out into left field to allow Polanco and Sweeney to score and slice a one-time seven run deficit to 9-8.

Ruiz then clobbered a 1-1 slider near the top of the wall in left-center to chase home Werth and Francisco to complete the comeback and lead the Phillies to their 15th win in their last 17 home games.

"Our approach is that we have to see a lot of pitches, then you have to get a good pitch to hit, " said Ruiz about the team's mindset in facing Broxton. "So that's what we did tonight. We were working the count. I was going to the plate relaxed and thinking 'Charlie gave me the go for it' to get a hit in what was a bunt situation."

Danys Baez (3-3) worked a scoreless ninth inning to earn the win for Philadelphia, which closed to within two games of front-running Atlanta in the NL East.

Ronald Belisario took the hill for LA with a seven-run cushion in the eighth and yielded a two-run single to Werth that trimmed the lead to 9-4. Werth advanced to second base on a balk and scored on a double by Francisco that knocked the right-hander out of the game.

Kenley Jansen took over and gave up a one-out run-scoring single to Wilson Valdez that brought Philadelphia to within three and George Sherrill out of the bullpen. The veteran left-hander set down pinch-hitter Domonic Brown before Jimmy Rollins walked and Raul Ibanez bounced out to end the threat.

"The last two innings felt like a week and a half," lamented Dodgers manager Joe Torre. "All it does is accentuate how important the pitching aspect of the game is. In today's baseball, there is really nothing that is safe. It's like one of those snowballs going down the hill, it just keeps picking up momentum and we just couldn't put a stop to it."

The visitors pushed their lead to 9-2 in the eighth as they put two men on against J.C. Romero, who was replaced on the hill by Jose Contreras, who allowed RBI hits to Casey Blake, Matt Kemp and Jamey Carroll.

Ronnie Belliard, Kemp and Carroll delivered consecutive run-scoring singles with two outs in the first inning to stake the Dodgers to a 3-0 lead.

The Phillies got on the board in the second when Ruiz singled, moved to third base on a Valdez double and scored on a Joe Blanton groundout.

Werth led off the fourth inning with a single, stole second base and scored on a one-out single by Ruiz just past diving second baseman Ryan Theriot out into center field for a 3-2 game.

Los Angeles got the run back in the top of the fifth on a Belliard sacrifice fly that scored Theriot, who deftly slid around the tag of Ruiz at the plate just ahead of Ibanez's throw from left field.

Blanton walked Theriot to load the bases with two outs in the sixth and was lifted from the game and replaced by Chad Durbin, who got Andre Ethier to ground out to end the threat.

The Phillies right-hander allowed four runs on eight hits and four walks while fanning three over 5 2/3 innings.

Durbin, though, was not so fortunate in the seventh, as James Loney singled and scored when Kemp followed with a home run to left field.

Los Angeles starter Clayton Kershaw had set down 10 in a row before Shane Victorino, activated off the disabled list earlier in the day, drew a two-out walk in the home seventh as a pinch-hitter and stole second base. Rollins then walked as Kershaw was removed from the game in favor of Hong-Chih Kuo, who got Ibanez to fly out to end the frame.

The LA southpaw yielded two runs on six hits while walking two and striking out four in 6 2/3 frames.

The Phillies are 10-4-4 in their 18 home series this year, while the Dodgers slumped to 7-12 in their 19 road series...Ibanez went hitless in five at-bats and had a career-high 18-game hit streak snapped...Polanco was 2-for-4 and pushed his hit streak to 11 games...Blanton's RBI was his first of the year and third of his career. He is 1-0 in five career starts against Los Angeles...The Phillies are 19-11 in one-run games this season, including a 13-3 mark at home...Ruiz is batting .377 with 17 RBI and eight mult-hit games since July 27...Kershaw is 0-3 in five career turns against the Phillies.