- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Riding a three-game winning streak, Brett Anderson was willing and able to stay in the game. But the Los Angeles Dodgers were starved for some offense, so he got yanked after five innings.

The move didn’t work, and the Dodgers lost 7-2 to the last-place Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.

Their lone runs came on Yasmani Grandal’s two-run homer in the sixth, dropping the Dodgers to 2-3 so far on their 10-game homestand.

“I would’ve sent him back out there if we didn’t get ourselves in a hole,” manager Don Mattingly said.

Anderson (5-5) gave up a season high-tying four runs and six hits, struck out five and walked two in his first career start against the Phillies. The left-hander had been 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA in his three previous starts. Like Phillies starter Chad Billingsley, Anderson had been resurgent after enduring Tommy John surgery in 2011 and foot, finger and back injuries.



“I beat myself,” Anderson said. “I felt good early and then there were some weird hits. It was just frustrating. A couple pitches here and it cost us the game.”

Justin Turner got doubled off first base in the first inning and Grandal was cut down at third base in the second, both on outfield assists by Domonic Brown.

“We just made mistakes early,” Mattingly said.

Billingsley won for the first time in over two years, against his old team, and Jeff Francoeur homered and drove in three runs for the Phillies.

Billingsley (1-2) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings in just his third start in 25 months to earn his first victory since April 10, 2013. The right-hander struck out three and walked one on the same mound where he pitched eight seasons and won 81 games for the Dodgers before undergoing a pair of right elbow surgeries.

They declined to pick up his option last October, and he signed a one-year deal with the Phillies in January. Billingsley lost his first start 9-0 on May 5 and went back on the disabled list two weeks later because of a strained right shoulder.

He struggled in his return last week against Milwaukee, giving up seven runs and 10 hits in five innings but avoided the loss.

Billingsley was steady and got staked to a 4-0 lead in the third. Francoeur doubled in Maikel Franco, who drew a leadoff walk and Darin Ruf, who singled, and then scored on Brown’s RBI groundout to second base.

Freddy Galvis’ RBI single made it 1-0 in the first off Anderson.

Ben Revere added a two-run single in the sixth and Francoeur homered in the seventh for a 7-2 lead.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: LF Carl Crawford, currently on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City, could be reinstated from the disabled list after the All-Star break.

UP NEXT

Phillies: LH Adam Morgan (1-1, 2.13 ERA) has never faced the Dodgers.

Dodgers: LH Clayton Kershaw (5-6, 3.08) has pitched 14.0 scoreless innings and allowed five hits in his last two starts against the Phillies from last season. He is 2-4 in 10 career games against them.

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