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Phillies Vs. Dodgers: Phils moves into second place in NL East

The Phillies are on the verge of doing something they have not done since April 2014 – winning a series at Dodger Stadium.

The Phils have put themselves in that position by taking the first two of a four-game series in Los Angeles. They beat the Dodgers, 12-10, in 10 innings Friday night to improve their record on their current trip to 4-1. They took two of three in Seattle before traveling to Los Angeles.

Offense has been a key during the trip. The Phils have averaged 7.6 runs through the first five games and they have hit 10 homers. They play two more at Dodger Stadium before an off day Monday and the start of a three-game series against San Diego at home on Tuesday.

The Phillies are 0-5-1 in their last six series at Dodger Stadium, dating to 2015.

Ranger Suarez gets the ball Saturday night against Dodgers left wing Julio Urias.

Saturday night’s match will be Bryce Harper’s last on the tour. He will have a PRP injection on his injured right elbow on Sunday and that will likely keep him out of line until Wednesday.

Harper will be missed. He has been hitting a hot bat since the injury forced him to move to the designated batting spot on April 17th. He had three more hits – two doubles and one homer – Friday night. He leads the Phillies with eight homers and majors with 22 extra-base hits.

The Dodgers scratched the scheduled starter Clayton Kershaw with back problems before Friday night’s match, but his replacement, Walker Buehler, was no gimme as he entered the 4-1 competition with an ERA of 1.96.

The Phillies came to Buehler for nine hits and five runs in five innings. Rookie Bryson Stott, who played shortstop instead of the injured Didi Gregorius, ran in three races with a few hits in the first four innings.

Starter Kyle Gibson (six runs in 3 2/3 innings) was not sharp and the bullpen continued to be an adventure for the Phillies. With Seranthony Dominguez and Corey Knebel down due to workload concerns, manager Joe Girardi tried to get Jeury’s Familia to close out a two-run lead in the ninth. He allowed a matching, two-run homer to Justin Turner to send the game into extra innings.

Nick Castellanos ran in two of his three races at night with a double in the 10th, and he stole third and scored on a throwing error to bring the Phils up 12-9 in the 10th.

Rookie right-hander Francisco Morales was thrown into the fire in his second major league appearance. He struggled with command issues and three times, but induced a giant double play ball from Mookie Betts on his way to his first major league save.

The Phillies’ hot streak from the west coast has left them at 16-17, bringing them into second place in the NL East, 5½ matches behind division-leading Mets.

A win Saturday night would put the Phils at .500 for the first time since ending April 11-11.

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