Dodgers 11, Phillies 7
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Ismael Valdes has never pitched well at Veterans Stadium. On Saturday night, he didn’t need to in order to win for the first time in over a month.
The Dodgers used an eight-run fourth inning and pounded out 18 hits in an 11-7 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies and closed within one game of San Diego for first place in the NL West.
Valdes (12-7), who had been 0-2 with an 8.49 ERA in Philadelphia, gave up six runs and nine hits over seven innings.
``It feels good to get a win and I haven’t had much luck here,″ said Valdes, 0-2 with four no-decisions since July 23. ``It seems like I usually give up seven runs every time I pitch here.″
Dodgers manager Bill Russell said Valdes may have lapsed mentally after being handed such a large lead.
``He had an 11-run lead, but he’s young,″ Russell said. ``Sometimes concentration is a problem with young guys. I think he kind of let up a little. His concentration just isn’t where it should be. He’s been letting teams get back into games.″
The Dodgers knocked out Curt Schilling (6-8), who pitched a two-hit shutout against them on Aug. 21, in the fourth inning.
``Schilling is a great pitcher,″ Valdes said. ``But sometimes, even when you’re the ace you’re going to get hit hard. I’m just glad about winning tonight, because I always struggle here.″
The Dodgers tied their season high with eight hits in the fourth inning when they knocked out Schilling. With Los Angeles leading 3-0, two-run doubles by Greg Gagne and Todd Hollandsworth brought in Larry Mitchell. Mike Piazza and Eric Karros followed with RBI singles.
Phillies manager Jim Fregosi said, ``Schilling threw very hard. He didn’t get the ball in good spots and we got blown out early. He didn’t make real good pitches and his rotation wasn’t very good.″
Piazza was tagged out after overrunning second on Karros’ hit, but Mondesi followed with his 21st homer to make it 11-0.
Schilling allowed eight runs and seven hits over 3 1-3 innings.
``I threw a lot of bad two-strike pitches,″ Schilling said. ``I thought I had settled down, but I think I was trying to overthrow and I couldn’t stop the bleeding. I should be able to stop an inning like that.″
The Phillies scored three runs in the fourth on Kevin Sefcik’s bases-loaded double to make it 11-3, and they added a run in the fifth on Jim Eisenreich’s RBI single.
Eisenreich hit a two-run homer, his third, in the seventh to cut it to 11-6. He is now 22-for-45 (.489) against the Dodgers this season with 11 RBIs.
Gregg Jefferies hit an RBI single in the ninth, but Antonio Osuna retired Wendell Magee with runners on first and second for his third save.
Notes: The eight-run fourth was the most runs scored against the Phillies in one inning since the Cubs scored eight on Sept. 16, 1992. ... Sefcik set a career-high with three RBIs. ... Phillies left-hander Sid Fernandez, who went on the disabled list for the second time this season June 24 because of a sore left elbow, will be examined on Tuesday in Los Angeles by Dr. Lewis Yocum. On Wednesday, he will likely undergo an arthroscopic procedure. ... The Dodgers (74-61) are 13 games over .500 for the first time this season. Their previous best was when they were 71-60.