Dodger momentum stalls against Lee, Phillies

Drew Hallowell/Getty ImagesGosh, looks easy enough to hit from here …

Outside of seeing Dee Gordon fly from first base to third as a pinch-runner in the ninth inning tonight, there weren’t a lot of thrills for the Dodgers tonight in Philadelphia.

Los Angeles had nine hits – all singles – but were shut out until the ninth inning of a 3-1 loss to Cliff Lee and the Phillies.

Lee allowed game-opening singles to Jamey Carroll (3 for 4) and Aaron Miles (2 for 4), but as soon as Marcus Thames hit into a double play, Lee had the Dodgers under his thumb. He struck out 10 over seven innings before turning the game to his bullpen with a 2-0 lead, thanks to what otherwise would be a forgivable moment of weakness in the third inning by Ted Lilly (six innings, seven baserunners, four strikeouts).

Mike MacDougal gave up a third run in the bottom of the eighth, making the Dodgers’ attempt at a rally that much more difficult in the ninth. Juan Uribe (2 for 4) and James Loney singled, bringing up pinch-hitter Andre Ethier as the tying run, but Ethier grounded into a force play (scoring Gordon in his first major-league game), and then Rod Barajas and pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro whiffed.

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