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Back at .500, Phillies Host Dodgers Again

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By Matt Leon

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Phillies struggles at home continued last night as they lost to the Dodgers 4-3 in the opener of a four-game series.  Phillies have lost three straight to fall back to .500 at 28-28 and all three of the losses have come at Citizens Bank Park.

Losing at home is nothing new for the 2012 Phillies as they are just 12-16 in South Philadelphia.  The 16 home losses is tied for the second highest total in the National League (with Arizona – San Diego the most with 18).

Tonight the Phillies will continue this series with the Dodgers as they give the ball to lefthander Cliff Lee who incredibly enough is still looking for his first win of 2012, despite pitching well.  In 8 starts, Lee is 0-2 with a 3.00 ERA.

Lee has made only three career starts against Los Angeles, but he has been dominant in those three starts – 2-0 with a 0.40 ERA (1 earned run in 22 1/3 innings).

The Dodgers will counter in this one with righthander Chad Billingsley who is 2-4 in 2012 with a 4.09 ERA.  He is 1-2 in 6 career starts against Philadelphia with a 3.31 ERA.

KYW’s Matt Leon spoke with David Murphy, baseball writer for the Philadelphia Daily News, about the Phillies and this match-up with Los Angeles.

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