6/17/21 LOS ANGELES, CA - Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, in what turned into a pitching duel with Zack Wheeler outlasting Clayton Kershaw to help the Philadelphia Phillies avoid a series sweep and defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0.
Kershaw (8-5) threw 110 pitches in six innings, allowing two runs and eight hits with one walk and nine strikeouts.
"The at-bat quality for those guys was really good, so you have to give them a lot of credit," Kershaw said. "They made me grind. They got my pitch count up, and they fouled off a lot of pitches. Overall, I thought I had decent stuff."
Phillies' first baseman Rhys Hoskins ended an 0-for-33 slump with a solo home run over left center field in the top of the first inning, making the score 1-0.
Los Angeles had loaded bases in the bottom of the first inning, but Zach McKinstry struck out. They had another scoring chance in the bottom of the fifth inning with two runners on and one out, but Matt Beaty struck out, and AJ Pollock grounded out to the third base.
Odubel Herrera reached base on an infield single, and J.T. Realmuto hit an RBI double to give Philadelphia a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning.
"That's a big hit for us, and Rhys has had a lot of those in these two-run (close) games that we play," Philadelphia manager Joe Girardi said. "Rhys has had a lot of big homers in those games, so I'm really happy for him."
Wheeler (5-3) went six innings, giving up five hits with four walks and six strikeouts while holding the Dodgers to 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Wheeler has a 1.25 ERA with 77 strikeouts in his last eight starts.
"I didn't have my best stuff tonight, obviously; I had four walks," Wheeler said. "But when you don't have your best stuff, you have to really bear down."
The Phillies gave the Dodgers their first shut out for the season since September 14, 2019, and with the loss snapped a franchise-record streak of 139 games without being shut out.
Left-handed Jose Alvarado replaced Wheeler and preserved the shutout with four strikeouts in two innings while retiring all six batters he faced. Hector Neris relieved Alvarado in the ninth inning and recorded his 10th save of the season.
The Dodgers are off on Thursday before they travel to Arizona for a three-game series against the Diamondbacks. Trevor Bauer (6-5) will get the start on Friday.
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