LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 10: Chad Billingsley #58 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after allowing a single to score a run for a 6-5 lead over the Philadelphia Phillies during the fifthh inning at Dodger Stadium on August 10, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Dodgers Blow Huge Lead, Swept By Phillies

The Dodgers are 1-5 against the Phillies this season.

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Dodgers Vs. Phillies: Six-Run Lead Not Enough For Chad Billingsley, Bullpen As Dodgers Get Swept With 9-8 Loss

The Dodgers finally broke through against a Phillies' starting pitcher on Wednesday afternoon, plating five runs off Vance Worley in the first inning. The Dodgers would lead 6-0 early, but it wasn't enough as Philadelphia stormed back for a 9-8 win to complete their three-game sweep at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers have lost four straight games.

Chad Billingsley did not have a good day on Wednesday. He didn't allow a run in the first inning but he was taxed for 30 pitches, including 15 to leadoff man Jimmy Rollins, who fouled off nine pitches before popping out to catcher Rod Barajas in foul territory. Billingsley was staked to a 6-0 lead but left the game in the fifth inning after allowing five runs.

Billingsley wasn't helped by his defense, as both James Loney and Casey Blake made key errors that lead to three unearned runs, but Billingsley had plenty of problems of his own doing. Billingsley walked three and struck out zero, the fourth time in his career that he failed to strikeout a single batter. Over his last three starts, Billingsley has 10 walks and six strikeouts in 16 innings.

"I didn't have quite as good a rhythm, and I was struggling with my command a little bit," Billingsley said after the game. "I just couldn't make the pitches when I needed to."

Offensively the Dodgers had a nice game. Matt Kemp had four hits and stole his 30th base of the season. Juan Rivera had three hits of his own, including a three-run home run in the first inning. It was just the Dodgers' fifth three-run home run of the season.

The Phillies took the lead with four runs in the sixth inning, as Blake Hawksworth allowed a two-run single by Chase Utley and a two-run, opposite-field home run by Ryan Howard. The Dodgers scored one run in the ninth inning to pull within 9-8, but Rod Barajas flew out to the warning track in center field to end the game. Ryan Madson picked up his third save in three days, and the Phillies had a 9-1 road trip, the best road trip in the long history of their franchise.

The Dodgers are off Thursday, and open a three-game series against Houston Friday night. Nathan Eovaldi makes his second major league start and his Dodger Stadium debut, against Bud Norris. The Dodgers, however, will be without the services of shortstop Dee Gordon, who was placed on the disabled list with a right shoulder contusion. A corresponding roster move likely won't be made until Friday.

For more news and information on the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Place Dee Gordon On 15-Day Disabled List With Right Shoulder Contusion

The Dodgers got more bad news Wednesday on the injury front, as their shortstop of the future, Dee Gordon, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder contusion. Gordon initially injured the shoulder in a rundown play on Saturday in Phoenix, then aggravated it on Tuesday night on a swing. He had an MRI Wednesday morning which revealed the contusion.

Manager Don Mattingly said after the game that Gordon would probably be back to baseball activities within a few days, and is likely to be ready to return once the 15 days are up. The Dodgers likely won't make a corresponding roster move until Friday, when they open a weekend series with Houston. Ivan DeJesus Jr. and Russell Mitchell are the only infielders on the 40-man roster, and Mitchell is a corner man.

The Dodgers could promote someone like Justin Sellers, who isn't on the 40-man roster, as they have an open spot plus several other injured players who could be moved to the 60-day DL to create even more roster space. The Dodgers have had 16 different players make 24 different trips to the disabled list this season.

For more news and information on Dee Gordon and the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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Dee Gordon Has MRI On Right Shoulder, Unavailable For Dodgers Finale With Phillies

Jamey Carroll is starting at shortstop for the Dodgers on Wednesday against the Phillies.

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Dodgers Vs. Phillies: Wednesday Starting Lineups

The Dodgers and Phillies end their season series Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. Here are the starting lineups:

Phillies (76-40)

Rollins SS
Victorino CF
Utley 2B
Howard 1B
Pence RF
Ibanez LF
Schneider C
Martinez 3B
Worley P

Dodgers (52-63)

Miles 2B
Blake 3B
Ethier RF
Kemp CF
Rivera LF
Loney 1B
Navarro C
Carroll SS
Billingsley P

Wednesday's 12:10 p.m. game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more news and information on the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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Jonathan Broxton Could Possibly Return This Season

The Los Angeles Dodgers have had their fair share of devastating team injuries this season, but maybe none bigger than their former All-Star closer Jonathan Broxton. Broxton hit the DL May 3rd after having a bone bruise develop on his pitching elbow and hasn't seen any game time since, but team doctors feel that he may have a chance to return to the boys in blue this season; just don't hold your breath.  

Broxton threw a mini-session this week indoors from approximately 45 feet, tossing the ball more than throwing it hard though. He'll gradually throw harder, longer, and from further distances over the next few weeks as team doctors monitor his progress. 

"It's not unrealistic," said Stan Conte, director of medical services, "Start slow and build up. Hopefully everything's healed up at this point, because he doesn't have any symptoms. We're back to where we were as far as a throwing program."

Once fully recovered, he likely wouldn't be able to make a minor-league rehabilitation assignment due to the fact that Single-A Rancho Cucamonga's regular season ends September 14, while double-A Chattanooga and triple-A Albuquerque ends September 5.    He'd work out with the Arizona rookie leaguers as his rehab assignment.

For more on the Dodgers check out True Blue L.A.  

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Chad Billingsley, Dodgers Look To Avoid Sweep In Series Finale With Phillies

The Dodgers are 1-4 against the Phillies this season.

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