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MLB: LA Dodgers 4, Philadelphia 3

June 4, 2012 at 10:36 PM   |   Comments

PHILADELPHIA, June 4 (UPI) -- Dee Gordon tripled and scored the go-ahead run in the ninth inning Monday, propelling the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-3 win over Philadelphia.

With the score tied 3-3, Gordon led off the ninth by smacking a pitch from Jonathan Papelbon (0-2) into the right-center field gap, legging it out for a triple.

The next batter, Elian Herrera, then shot a grounder through a drawn-in infield to drive home Gordon with the decisive run.

Gordon also delivered a run-scoring single in the second inning while Bobby Abreu added two hits and an RBI for the Dodgers, who won for only the second time in eight contests and maintained a three-game lead over second-place San Francisco in the National League West.

Ronald Belisario (1-0) earned the victory with a scoreless eighth and Kenley Jansen picked up his seventh for Los Angeles, which took the opener of a four-game series at Citizens Bank Park.

Placido Polanco belted a two-run homer for the Phillies, losers of three straight.

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