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Howard saves Phillies after Wagner surrenders late run

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The shaving cream pie to the face left Ryan
Howard with a full white beard, soaked the collar of his red
undershirt and earned him some ribbing from teammates.

"Nice face! What'd he do?" joked a mischievous Tomas Perez,
who lathered Howard only moments earlier.

Howard could only laugh, gladly exchanging an extra minute in
the shower for an extra win in the standings.

Howard's three strikeouts were forgotten and forgiven when he
hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the
Philadelphia Phillies to a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers
on Tuesday night.

"I was looking for something to drive and fortunately I got
it," he said. "It felt good off the bat and it just kind of took
off and kept going."

The Dodgers had gone ahead 4-3 in the top of the 10th on Billy
Wagner's bases-loaded walk to Jayson Werth. Philadelphia, though,
wasted little time in making its comeback.

On the second pitch from reliever Yhency Brazoban (2-5), Pat
Burrell hit an opposite-field triple, his first of the year, off
the right-field wall. On the next pitch, the left-handed Howard
crushed his fifth homer to left-center. He was mobbed by his
teammates at the plate and then got a face full of shaving cream
near the dugout.

"In that situation you're not looking to take a whole lot of
pitches," Howard said. "You just go with it."

Three pitches. Two hits. One big win for the suddenly surging
Phillies, who have won six of seven.

"That's what winning's all about. That's what winning teams
do," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "That's how we've got
to keep it going if we're going to win."

Wagner (3-1) earned the win, giving up a run in two innings of
relief.

He loaded the bases with two walks and a double in the 10th, a
rare second inning of work for him. He struck out pinch-hitter
Antonio Perez looking on a full count, bringing a roar from the
crowd.

Wagner, though, lost control with two outs and walked Werth on
four pitches. The lead was short-lived and the Dodgers lost for the
eighth time in nine games.

"This game was the epitome of our season," Dodgers manager Jim
Tracy said.

The Phillies left the bases loaded in the eighth when
pinch-hitter Tomas Perez flied out against Steve Schmoll after the
righty reliever allowed a leadoff double and hit two batters.

Brad Penny kept his cool and kept the Dodgers in the game in his
six innings. Penny was ejected in the third inning of his last
start last week against San Francisco for arguing a call, but
bounced back nicely, striking out four of five batters in one
stretch and finishing with a season-high eight strikeouts.

"We just need to start making plays and getting hits," Dodgers
catcher Jason Phillips said. "We'll turn it around."

Staked to a 3-2 lead in the fifth, Penny allowed a two-out RBI
single to Chase Utley to tie the game.

Philadelphia's Brett Myers gave up seven hits and three runs in
six innings, including Oscar Robles' first major league homer to
lead off the game.

The Phillies tied the score in the first on an RBI groundout and
went ahead 2-1 in the second on Burrell's 21st homer.

Game notes
The Dodgers activated LHP Wilson Alvarez from the disabled
list and sent outfielder Jason Grabowski to Triple-A Las Vegas. ...
The Dodgers signed 14th-round draft pick Scott Van Slyke, son of
former Pirate and Cardinal Andy Van Slyke, and assigned him to the
Gulf Coast League. ... Phillies 3B David Bell returned to the
lineup after missing the last four games with a back injury.