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The Phillies couldn’t overcome an early deficit and dropped the third game of their series with the Dodgers on Wednesday night by the score of 4-3.
Aaron Harang (5-12, 4.11 ERA) started and took the loss for the Phillies. He pitched five innings and gave up all four earned runs, striking out one while walking five. The big blast came in the top of the first inning on a two-out, three-run homer by Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig. Jimmy Rollins scored the fourth Dodgers run on an RBI groundout by Adrian Gonzalez.
Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco notched his 45th RBI of the season with a double in the third that made the score 3-1.
Right-fielder Jeff Francoeur continued an impressive comeback season, going 2-4 with a two-run homer in the eighth, his 10th of the season. This raised his batting average to .276, by far his highest since his 2011 season with the Kansas City Royals.
With the Phillies down by one in the bottom of the ninth, Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen (2.93 ERA) struck out the side to pick up his 20th save of the year.
Our Phillies will look to pull off the series split Thursday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. It will be a tough test, as David Buchanan (2-5, 6.44 ERA) takes the hill for the home team, opposed by Dodgers all-star starter Zach Grienke (10-2, 1.41 ERA). Grienke pitched eight shutout innings while giving up only a single hit against the Phillies in Los Angeles on July 9 earlier this season. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.