Phillies bats silenced by Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw

Pinch-hitter Carlos Ruiz struck out with two runners on base to end the eighth inning. The Phillies managed only three hits in the loss. RON CORTES / Staff Photographer
Pinch-hitter Carlos Ruiz struck out with two runners on base to end the eighth inning. The Phillies managed only three hits in the loss. RON CORTES / Staff Photographer
Posted: August 19, 2013

It's difficult to imagine that at the all-star break, the Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers were on even footing.

Now one team is gearing for October, and the other for next season.

The differing paths continued with the Dodgers' 5-0 win Saturday night over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, making interim manager Ryne Sandberg 0-2 and waiting for his team to score a run. The Phillies have been shut out 12 times this season.

After games played on July 14, the Phillies entered the all-star break 48-48, and the Dodgers were 47-47.

Since then, the Dodgers are 25-3, and the Phillies are 5-21. The Dodgers are also 42-8 in their last 50 games.

Sandberg's team hasn't been handed the easiest assignments in his first two games. The Phils faced Zack Greinke, who beat them by 4-0 Friday, and then Clayton Kershaw.

"Facing those two guys, I witnessed it and saw what they got and the roll they are on," Sandberg said. "They have come as advertised and shown why they are on the roll they are on."

And the Phillies showed the opposite, committing three errors, although they turned four double plays.

The 2011 Cy Young Award winner, Kershaw is the leading candidate to earn that honor this year. He allowed just three hits in eight innings with eight strikeouts and one walk, lowering his ERA to 1.80.

Kershaw earned his first career win over the Phillies. He had been 0-4 with a 4.31 ERA against the Phils before Saturday.

Domonic Brown ended Kershaw's bid for a perfect game with a leadoff single in the fifth but later got picked off.

When asked if he was thinking of pitching a no-hitter, Kershaw quickly replied: "You can't even think of that as a pitcher. You have to make sure you get the win."

Kershaw's counterpart, Kyle Kendrick, overcame a rough beginning and settled down, allowing two runs (one earned) in six innings.

This was the second straight Kendrick start in which the Phillies were shut out, also losing by 6-0 on Sunday in Washington.

Kendrick said he hasn't let the lack of run support affect him.

"Everybody wants run support that will win games, but you can't worry about that and have to do your job," Kendrick said.

Carl Crawford and Yasiel Puig led off the game with singles for the Dodgers. Crawford scored when first baseman John Mayberry Jr. couldn't field Adrian Gonzalez's grounder for an error.

After Hanley Ramirez walked to load the bases with no outs, Kendrick induced a 1-2-3 double play by Andre Ethier and then got A.J. Ellis on a groundout to short.

John McDonald replaced Michael Young at third base in the top of the third inning for the Phils. Young left the game with left-ankle soreness.

Kershaw's opposite-field RBI double to left in the fifth increased the lead to 2-0.

Casper Wells became the first Phillie to reach second base with a one-out double in the eighth inning. Mayberry followed with a walk. Erik Kratz then popped up to first.

During pinch-hitter Carlos Ruiz's at-bat, the runners advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. Kershaw then ended the inning by striking out Ruiz swinging on a 2-2 slider in the dirt.

Juan Uribe's three-run homer to left in the ninth off Luis Garcia extended the lead to 5-0. Kershaw then departed for pinch-hitter Mark Ellis, finishing another dominating performance by the lefthander.

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