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Kershaw, Dodgers blank Phils, 2-0

PHILADELPHIA--A night of squandered scoring chances is the way the Philadelphia Phillies kicked off their 11-game homestand.

The Los Angeles Dodgers scored runs in the first two innings and starter Clayton Kershaw and four relievers made the lead stand up in Friday's 2-0 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phillies (20-25) have now dropped three in a row.

Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon opened the game with a single off starter Roberto Hernandez and stole his 26th and 27th bases before scoring on Yasiel Puig's one-out RBI single. (Puig would reach base five times on three singles and two walks.)

Gordon, the son of former Phillies pitcher Tom Gordon, is enjoying a breakout season. With his speed, he is becoming one of the more electrifying players in the game.

Carl Crawford made it 2-0 with a solo home run to right-center field, his fourth of the season, in the second inning.

Kershaw didn't allow a hit in the first three innings.

After a 43-minute delay in the top of the fourth, both starting pitchers returned. And it didn't take the Phillies long to break up Kershaw's no-hitter.

After Carlos Ruiz walked to open the fourth, Chase Utley got the Phillies first hit on a double to left field, putting runners on second and third.

Kershaw proceeded to strike out Marlon Byrd, Ryan Howard, and Darin Ruf.

In the fifth inning Puig reached base on a single, but the ball appeared to have hit off his foot. The Phillies started jawing at the umpires and first base coach Juan Samuel was eventually ejected in the fifth for arguing balls and strikes.

Jimmy Rollins led off the sixth with a double but after Ruiz walked, Kershaw got Utley on a flyout to right, Marlon Byrd on a foul popup to first, and then Howard on a called third strike.

That ended Kershaw's evening, who threw 100 pitches during his six shutout innings. He allowed just two hits, despite getting in several jams, while striking out nine.

It was a drastically different Kershaw than his last outing when he lasted just 12/3 innings and allowed seven earned runs in an 18-7 loss at Arizona.

Gordon led off the seventh with a walk and stole second, advanced to third on Chone Figgins flyout to right. Puig was intentionally walked.

Hernandez was then replaced by Mario Hollands, who got Adrian Gonzalez to hit into an inning-ending double play.

Ben Revere greeted reliever Brandon League with a pinch hit single to open the seventh and Cesar Hernandez walked. League then made an errant throw to first on pinch hitter Tony Gwynn Jr.'s sacrifice bunt to load the bases.

Pinch hitter Domonic Brown hit a liner to left and Crawford made a sliding catch. Revere was halfway down the third base line. Had he been on the bag he would have been able to tag up and score.

The mistake was magnified when Rollins hit into a fielder's choice, with third baseman Figgins getting the second out at home. Ruiz then flew to right and the Phillies had wasted another chance.

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