LOS ANGELES — Friday the 13th was not a good day for the Dodgers.
The misfortune began with the team placing Clayton Kershaw on the 15-day injured list in the morning and ended nearing midnight with a 12-10, 10-inning loss to the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium for their third straight defeat.
Justin Turner blasted a game-tying two-run home run with one out in the ninth inning, but the Phillies scored three runs off Brusdar Graterol and escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the 10th to begin the four-game series with two high-scoring wins.
Walker Buehler, whose start was moved up from Saturday to replace Kershaw on four days’ rest, recorded his worst performance of the season before the bullpen bungled a one-run lead.
Buehler gave up a season-high five runs on nine hits with just three strikeouts over five innings. He surrendered a two-run home run to Kyle Schwarber and two run-scoring hits to Bryson Stott, the Phillies’ No. 9 hitter who entered the night with a .111 batting average.
The Dodgers’ offense offset the uncharacteristic outing with a five-run third inning and another run in the fourth to take a 6-5 lead. Chris Taylor homered. Mookie Betts and Justin Turner each plated runs with a double. Max Muncy and Austin Barnes delivered RBI singles. They chased Kyle Gibson after 3 2/3 innings.
But Alex Vesia and Evan Phillips then combined to yield three runs in the sixth inning and the Dodgers (20-11) never led again. Bryce Harper added a solo home run in the eighth inning after clubbing two doubles in his first four plate appearances for the Phillies (16-17).
Harper’s success prompted the Dodgers to intentionally walk him in the 10th inning with a runner on third base and one out. Nick Castellanos then laced a groundball down the left-field line for a go-ahead two-run double. Moments later, Castellanos broke for third base, forcing an errant throw into left field from Barnes behind the plate to score the long night’s final run.
The Dodgers’ three-game losing streak is their longest of the young season. It’s a minor bump on a long road. The bigger loss is Kershaw.
The veteran left-hander landed on the injured list with right sacroiliac joint inflammation. The sacroiliac joints are in the hip, where the spine and pelvis connect. Inflammation causes lower back pain. Left-hander Garrett Cleavinger was recalled to take Kershaw’s place on the roster.