Clayton Kershaw gives up 1st grand slam, loses to Phillies

Clayton Kershaw gives up 1st grand slam, loses to Phillies

Kershaw uncharacteristically walked a pair of Phillies hitters around a single by Freddy Galvis and was just one pitch away from getting out of the inning unscathed.

The Philadelphia Phillies won the first game of their series against the Dodgers on Monday night 4-3. "Any time a guy walks to load the bases and the next guy hits a grand slam I'm real happy about it". The 418-foot homer to left field at Citizens Bank Park also snapped Kershaw's scoreless streak against the Phillies at 32 1/3 innings. The Phillies are now the only team against which Kershaw is two games under.500 in his career.

Altherr's homer also gave the Phillies a 4-2 lead on the Dodgers heading into the seventh inning. And it sure beats a 106 miles per hour baseball hitting a pitcher in the chest or head. He has already allowed a career-high 21 homers despite missing five weeks with a lower back strain.

What's more, five players in the Phillies' lineup had never faced Kershaw, and usually the advantage goes to the pitcher in those situations. Kershaw allowed four earned runs in six innings of work to take the loss.

Kershaw struck out Nick Williams for the second out, bringing rookie slugger Rhys Hoskins to the plate. The 24-year-old right-hander gave up two runs on four hits with eight strikeouts and two walks in six innings.

"I thought he pitched really well tonight", continued Roberts. I feel like we can play with anybody and get a win.

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The Dodgers Magic Number remains at four, but could be lowered if the Arizona Diamondbacks lose to the San Diego Padres later in the evening.

Monday was Kershaw's fourth start since returning from a lower back strain and Roberts said he is "right where you would expect" given the five-week layoff. "He didn't quit and he keeps battling, that's the thing I like about him the most, along with his stuff". And he's at four, so I definitely know he's trending in the right way.

Altherr was all over a 1-and-1 slider from Kershaw, driving it into the seats for the grand slam.

The Dodgers had three home runs themselves but it wasn't enough to counteract Altherr's one sweet shot.

The bullpen made the lead stand up, though Hector Neris allowed a solo homer to Curtis Granderson in the ninth to make it a one-run game.

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