Why can’t Johnny score: Phillies 2, Dodgers 0

Scott Podsednik had three hits. So did the rest of the Dodgers.

The post-All Star struggles of the Dodgers’ offense returned. Los Angeles was shut out for the 13th time this season in a 2-0 Phillies victory.

Newly acquired Phillies pitcher Roy Oswalt bested Chad Billingsley. Billingsley allowed one baserunner in his first three innings, then minimized the damage of six baserunners in his next three innings, leaving the game having allowed just the two runs. Kenley Jansen and Hong-Chih Kuo each added shutout frames.

But from their first threat of the game (two on with none out in the second inning) to their last (Podsednik’s leadoff double in the eighth), the Dodgers could not score.

Andre Ethier and Jay Gibbons each went 0 for 4, and Matt Kemp struck out pinch-hitting in the seventh inning, ending his hitting streak at one.

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