The Philadelphia Phillies opened their four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park with a 4-3 loss Monday night. Jonathan Papelbon (0-2) earned the loss after giving up an RBI single to Elian Herrera in the ninth inning that scored Dee Gordon to put the Dodgers ahead for good. Gordon reached on a triple in the previous at-bat.
Vance Worley started for the Phillies, and gave up three earned runs off five hits and three walks while striking out four in four innings of work. The Dodger took a 3-0 lead after two innings. Gordon batted in a run on an infield single to shortstop to score Adam Kennedy during the second.
The Phillies tied things up in the third inning. Freddy Galvis scored John Mayberry Jr. on a single to right. Placido Polanco then hit a two-run home run--his second of the year--three batters later to send Galvis and himself around home. Clayton Kershaw started seven innings for the Dodgers. He gave up eight hits and struck out five. Kenley Jansen earned his seventh save of the season with a two-strikeout ninth inning.
Game 2 of the series will be played at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday. Cliff Lee (0-2, 3.00 ERA) will battle the Dodgers' Chad Billingsley (2-4, 4.09) on the mound.