Major League Baseball
Preview
LA Dodgers at Philadelphia
When: 7:05 PM ET, Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Where: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Los Angeles Dodgers kept Rhys Hoskins' big bat contained and won the home run battle of their opener of their series with the Philadelphia Phillies, but one mistake kept the National League West leaders from further solidifying their likely playoff destiny. The Dodgers hope to avoid a three-game skid Tuesday when they meet the host Phillies for the second of four games in Philadelphia.

Hoskins singled for his first hit in four contests Monday after clubbing 18 home runs in his first 37 big-league games and Los Angeles hit three homers to support Clayton Kershaw, but the three-time Cy Young Award winner gave up the first grand slam of his career to Aaron Altherr as the Phillies escaped with a 4-3 victory. The Dodgers' magic number clinch to win the West remained at four, while their edge over idle Washington for the best record in the NL dropped to 5 1/2 games. While Los Angeles fell for the second straight time following a four-game winning streak, Philadelphia won for the fifth time in seven contests. The Phillies also defeated the Dodgers for the first time this season after getting swept in Los Angeles in late April but have only won three of the last 12 overall meetings.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, SportsNet LA (Los Angeles), KTLA (Los Angeles), CSN Philadelphia

PITCHING MATCHUP: Dodgers RH Yu Darvish (9-12, 4.08 ERA) vs. Phillies RH Aaron Nola (11-10, 3.60)

Darvish regained the form he had upon his arrival to the Dodgers at the trade deadline, yielding only three singles and striking out five across seven scoreless innings in a win at San Francisco on Wednesday. The four-time All-Star had posted a 9.49 ERA while losing each of his previous three outings but is 3-3 with a 4.34 ERA in seven turns overall with Los Angeles. Darvish will try to improve on his 6-4 record and 2.59 ERA on the road this season as he faces Philadelphia for the first time in his career.

Nola turned in one of the most dominant performances of his career in a win Wednesday against Miami, permitting only one run on a solo homer among the four hits he gave up in seven frames while striking out a career-high 11. The 24-year-old LSU product is 2-1 over his last four outings, posting a 32:5 strikeout-to-walk ratio over that stretch. Nola is allowing opponents to bat .212 at Citizens Bank Park this season as he squares off against the Dodgers for the first time.

WALK-OFFS

1. Dodgers 1B Cody Bellinger has 38 home runs and needs one more to break his tie with Wally Berger (1930) and Frank Robinson (1956) for the most in a season by a NL rookie.

2. Despite giving up a ninth-inning run in the opener, Philadelphia's bullpen has posted a 2.23 ERA over the last 21 games.

3. Los Angeles SS Corey Seager, who struck out as a pinch hitter Monday, was held out of the lineup in order to rest - and not due to his sore right elbow - according to manager Dave Roberts.

PREDICTION: Dodgers 4, Phillies 3
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
LA Dodgers 96-54 L2 52-23 44-31 23-8 23-9 34-33 16-4
Philadelphia 59-91 W1 33-39 26-52 34-33 11-21 9-22 5-15
Last Meeting
LA Dodgers Philadelphia
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
9/18/17 LAD 3 PHI 4 .161 3 .709 .143 1 .450
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
LA Dodgers J. Turner .615 8 1.846
Philadelphia F. Galvis .400 6 .904
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
LA Dodgers C. Granderson 3 8 7
Philadelphia O. Herrera 1 2 2
Pitching ERA Avg K
LA Dodgers 3.86 .289 41
Philadelphia 5.08 .229 32
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
LA Dodgers J. Turner .323 140 .954
Philadelphia C. Hernandez .289 137 .774
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
LA Dodgers C. Bellinger 38 83 88
Philadelphia T. Joseph 21 48 66
Pitching ERA Avg K
LA Dodgers 3.41 .249 1439
Philadelphia 4.68 .251 1207