LOS ANGELES -- Eric Gagne's return to the mound for the
first time in nearly a year wasn't enough to save the Los Angeles
Dodgers from defeat.
Aaron Rowand's go-ahead two-run double highlighted a five-run
seventh inning, lifting the Philadelphia Phillies to an 8-6 victory
over Los Angeles, which had its seven-game home winning streak
snapped Friday night.
A sellout crowd of 55,142 roared when Gagne made his first
appearance since last June 12. The 2003 Cy Young Award winner came
off the disabled list Thursday after having two right elbow
surgeries in less than a year. He pitched a hitless inning, hitting
Rowand with two outs and walking David Bell.
"It was exciting. It was fun. The fans were pumped and I was
pumped," Gagne said. "My legs were shaking. I was nervous and
anxious, but the fans got me going again. It was good to get the
first one out of the way. It would have been nice to have a save,
but I'll take an inning of work here and go from there."
Geoff Geary (2-0) allowed one hit in one inning of relief and
struck out one. Tom Gordon pitched the ninth for his 16th save in
17 tries, getting Joel Guzman to hit into a game-ending double play
with two runners on.
"I did my job and handed the ball to the next guy, who did his
job," said Geary, who made 13 pitches. "My goal is to get out of
the inning as fast as possible."
Chase Utley went 4-for-4, tying a career high, with a home run
and scored four runs.
"I got a couple decent pitches and was there on the ball and
found a few holes," he said.
The Phillies turned a 5-3 deficit into an 8-5 lead in the
seventh. They tied it on a two-run, broken bat bloop single by Pat
Burrell off Danys Baez (3-3).
"It's not just one guy," Rowand said. "It's everybody working
together. This team doesn't give up. When we get down, nobody
panics. We've battled all year long."
The Dodgers rallied on the efforts of three rookies and veteran
They got to 3-2 on Willy Aybar's two-run double in the fourth.
Matt Kemp, who had a three-run homer Thursday night, homered in
the fifth against Ryan Madson to tie the game at 3. The Dodgers
took a 4-3 lead on Garciaparra's single to center that scored
Rafael Furcal, who had walked and stole second. Garciaparra took
second on the throw home.
The same scoring play transpired when Guzman singled to center
for his first major league hit, driving in Garciaparra for a 5-3
Los Angeles trailed 8-6 in the eighth on Sandy Alomar Jr.'s
two-out double down the left-field line.
Baez gave up five runs on three hits and two walks without
getting an out.
Seo gave up three runs on five hits in four innings, struck out
four and walked one.
Madson allowed five runs on five hits in five innings, struck
out one and walked five. The right-hander had won his previous
Olmedo Saenz and Alomar hit consecutive doubles off Arthur
Rhodes in the eighth, snapping a string of 20 2-3 scoreless innings
by the Phillies' bullpen. ... Utley also had four hits May 25
against the New York Mets ... Dodgers CF Kenny Lofton was thrown
out attempting to steal second base in the fourth, ending his
streak of 19 consecutive stolen bases dating to Sept. 16, 2005,
which was the longest in the majors. ... Baez had not allowed a run
in his previous 8 2-3 innings, spanning six appearances. ... Gagne
was activated Tuesday in Atlanta, but had to serve a two-game
suspension and was not available until Thursday.