Roy Oswalt pitches Phillies past Dodgers 5-1

LOS ANGELES (AP) - September 1, 2010

The Dodgers managed only three hits in support of Clayton Kershaw and didn't put up much of a struggle against Oswalt (10-13), who has been a valuable pennant-drive pickup for Philadelphia

The right-hander, who turned 33 on Sunday, held Los Angeles hitless until Casey Blake lined a clean single to right field with two outs in the sixth after Oswalt issued the fifth of his six walks. Two nights earlier, Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda no-hit the Phillies until Victorino got a one-out single in the eighth.

Oswalt threw 115 pitches and struck out six. The three-time All-Star is 4-1 with a 1.90 ERA in seven starts since the Phillies acquired him in a trade with Houston on July 29 - including a 2-0 win over Los Angeles in which he pitched seven innings in his second start with Philadelphia.

The last time he pitched at Dodger Stadium on July 17, 2009, Oswalt threw a four-hitter on six days' rest and won 8-1.

The Dodgers got an unearned run in the eighth off Ryan Madson on James Loney's RBI single. But Madson minimized the damage by retiring Blake on an inning-ending, double-play grounder.

Kershaw (11-9) allowed two hits and five hits over six innings, struck out 11 and walked two. The 22-year-old left-hander overtook Philadelphia's Roy Halladay for the NL lead in strikeouts with 191 and is second in walks with 76, two behind Milwaukee's Randy Wolf.

The last pitcher to lead the NL in both categories at the end of a season was Houston's J.R. Richard in 1978 (303 strikeouts, 141 walks).

Kershaw is 0-4 with a 5.18 ERA in six regular-season starts against the Phillies - including a no-decision Aug. 12 at Philadelphia, when he left after 6 2-3 innings with a 6-2 lead and watched the bullpen allow four runs in the eighth and four more in the ninth in a 10-9 loss.

Rollins drove Kershaw's second pitch just over the left-field fence for his second leadoff homer this season and 35th of his career, extending his own franchise record. It was the first time this year that a Dodgers pitcher gave up a leadoff homer in the first inning.

Kershaw got behind Victorino 2-0 in the second and watched his next pitch land in the left-field bullpen. It was Victorino's career-high 16th homer and the 13th allowed by Kershaw, six more than were hit off him last season. Chase Utley added a pair of RBI doubles, in the seventh and ninth.

The Phillies, who beat the Dodgers in each of the last two NL championship series, began the day trailing Atlanta by three games in their bid for a fourth straight East Division title and were leading the wild-card race by 1½ games over San Francisco. The Braves and Giants both played at home later.

NOTES: Kershaw's 79 starts without a complete game is the longest stretch by any L.A. Dodger from the start of his major league career. He has allowed fewer than three earned runs in 20 of his 28 starts this season. ... Phillies LF Raul Ibanez was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts and finished the road trip 2 for 25, dropping his average to .258. ... The Dodgers are done with the NL East for this season, going 13-20 overall and 2-4 against Philadelphia. ... Two days after the Dodgers reached the 3 million mark in paid attendance for the 15th straight year, they drew their smallest crowd of the season (37,080).

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