Kuroda flirts with no-hitter in gem vs. Phillies

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Hiroki Kuroda carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a three-game set.

Kuroda (10-11) had the no-hitter going until one out in the eighth when Shane Victorino punched a single to right for the lone hit of the game for the Phils. Kuroda finished the game giving up two walks and a hit batter with seven strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings.

Rod Barajas hit a solo home run while James Loney also had an RBI for the Dodgers, who have won five of seven.

Roy Halladay (16-10) gave up three runs on 10 hits with a walk and four strikeouts over seven innings for the Phillies, who were coming off a three- game sweep of the Padres.

Philly now sits three games back of Atlanta, which defeated New York on Monday, for first place in the NL East and its lead over San Francisco for the wild card spot fell to one game. San Francisco is currently playing Colorado.

08/31 00:48:29 ET

  • TKB

    The Phils look to have collectively forgotten that you need to have a game plan when you come to the plate. They all look like they’re guessing and there swings look horrible. What was Sweeney thinking about last night. He never faced that guy and there’s two on with two out and he swings at the first pitch? Bad game plan and not real smart baseball.

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