Final in 11

Series: Game 1 of 3

Philadelphia leads 1-0 (as of 8/6)

Game 1: Friday, August 6
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Game 2: Saturday, August 7
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Game 3: Sunday, August 8
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Phillies 9

(57-52, 28-28 away)

Dodgers 5

(64-44, 35-20 home)

10:10 PM ET, August 6, 2004

Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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W: R. Hernandez (2-3)

L: E. Gagne (4-1)

Thome hits go-ahead single off Gagne in 11th

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Even with an early five-run lead built on four homers, Philadelphia Phillies manager Larry Bowa wasn't comfortable. He has been conditioned to think that way by his team.

Fill-in closer Tim Worrell blew the lead in the ninth by giving up Jayson Werth's second homer of the game. But the Phillies converted Cesar Izturis' throwing error into four unearned runs in the 11th, including a go-ahead, two-run single by Jim Thome against All-Star reliever Eric Gagne, and beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-5 Friday night.

"We don't have easy games," Bowa said. "The Dodgers are a good team and they battled back and got some big hits, but the other guys all picked up the slack for Tim Worrell and we beat the best reliever in baseball. It doesn't get any better than that."

Jimmy Rollins led off the game with a home run, one of four hit by Philadelphia in the first two innings against Kazuhisa Ishii. Bobby Abreu, Marlon Byrd and Placido Polanco also connected for the Phillies.

"He was leaving some balls in the zone, and we just came out swinging," Byrd said. "Jimmy set the tone early for us."

Starting the final leg of a four-city, 13-game road trip, the Phillies won their fourth straight to match their longest winning streak this season. They have won seven in a row against the first-place Dodgers, including four this season, and are 18-5 against the NL West this year.

Izturis fielded Byrd's leadoff grounder to shortstop in the 11th and pulled 6-foot-5 first baseman Hee Seop Choi off the bag with a high throw. Gagne (4-1) walked Rollins with one out, and Polanco loaded the bases with a single before Thome lined a single to center in his first career at-bat against Gagne for a 7-5 lead.

"I was just trying to get a fastball because his other two pitches, you're not going to hit because he doesn't hang them a whole lot," Thome said. "I was fortunate to get a fastball to hit and I hit it through the middle. To get that big hit with two outs was huge."

David Bell followed with a run-scoring single, and Todd Pratt completed the scoring with an RBI single against Duaner Sanchez.

Roberto Hernandez (2-3) pitched two scoreless innings for the victory, ending the Dodgers' four-game winning streak. Felix Rodriguez got the last three outs.

Worrell, closing for Philadelphia while three-time All-Star Billy Wagner is on the disabled list with a strained rotator cuff, was charged with his fifth blown save in 18 attempts when Werth drove a 1-2 pitch over the right-field fence for his 10th home run.

"After three days in a row, we even weren't going to use him," Bowa said. "But he called down and said, `Let me go.'

"When you see that as a manager, that tells you all you want to know about a guy's heart and character. It was unbelievable that he even volunteered. Tim Worrell gained a lot more respect from everybody in here, even though he already had the respect."

Werth's first multihomer game in the majors came in his first career game against the Phillies. He was on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle when the Dodgers were swept in a three-game series at Philadelphia in May.

"We came from down five runs, which just goes to show you that we're never down and out," Werth said. "No matter how many runs behind we are, we always feel like we can come back from any deficit, and we showed that again tonight. We didn't get the win, but we're not going to hang our heads."

Ishii retired only six of 12 batters in his shortest outing this season and left trailing 5-0. The left-hander threw 49 pitches in two innings, and his ERA jumped 30 points to 4.76.

Giovanni Carrara had six strikeouts in three scoreless innings, fanning Rollins, Polanco, Abreu and Thome in succession.

Phillies left-hander Randy Wolf allowed three runs and six hits in six innings, striking out six. He gave up Werth's three-run homer in the fifth before Alex Cora cut the margin to 5-4 in the eighth with an RBI single against Rheal Cormier.

Rollins hit his eighth career leadoff homer and his third this year, and Abreu hit his 25th homer one out later.

Doug Glanville, starting in place of injured Pat Burrell, drew a leadoff walk in the second and Byrd followed with his third homer. Two outs later, Polanco made it 5-0 with his second homer in two nights.

Game notes


The Phillies placed RHP Kevin Millwood on the 15-day disabled list because of tendinitis in his elbow and recalled reliever Geoff Geary from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. ... Rollins was 0-for-7 against Ishii before his home run. ... Thome tried to score from first on a two-out bloop single to right by Bell in the seventh, but was thrown out easily. ... Wagner, sidelined since July 22, went to Anaheim Angels team physician Dr. Lewis Yocum to get a second opinion on his shoulder. There was no structural damage, and Wagner was told to rest it for another week to 10 days.

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