- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Freddy Galvis showed some rare power from the right side of the plate - at the Dodgers’ expense.

The Philadelphia shortstop hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning to help the Phillies beat Los Angeles 6-2 on Wednesday. The homer was his first right-handed since 2014.

“Wow, I can’t even remember,” Galvis said. “It was like two years ago. It’s happening right now on the right side. It feels good, man. I’ve been working really hard in the cage trying to get my right hand back again. I know I can hit the ball in the gap and stuff, and I felt good today.”

Ryan Howard added a three-run, pinch double in the ninth.

Los Angeles closer Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth, even with the Dodgers down 3-2, and loaded the bases. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Jansen told him before the game that he wanted to get some work in, no matter the situation. Howard hit the bases-clearing double to right for insurance runs in the victory that dropped the Dodgers a game behind first-place San Francisco in the NL West.

The Phillies had little success against Dodgers starter Scott Kazmir (9-6). He struck out six and allowed four hits before leaving after 100 pitches with two runners on and no outs in the seventh inning.

Left-hander Grant Dayton, after striking out the first batter he faced, gave up the Galvis’ homer into the left-field bullpen. Galvis has 11 home runs this season.

Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson allowed one earned run and struck out seven in five innings. He left after 71 pitches with back tightness.

“I just felt a little tweak on the second pitch to (Chase) Utley (in the fifth),” Hellickson said. “It tightened up on me. I tried to talk (Phillies manager) Pete (Mackanin) into letting me go back out, but it’s probably a good thing he didn’t let me. I’ll probably be sore for a couple of days.”

Hellickson said he’ll be fine and isn’t scheduled to undergo any tests on his back.

Howard had his second consecutive double as a pinch hitter. He has a career batting average of .303 with the bases loaded.

Is he’s adjusting to his new role as a pinch hitter?

“I don’t really know how to answer that to be honest with you. I’m just playing, Howard said. “That’s it. It’s a game of ups and downs. You have downs. Eventually, you’re going to have ups. I’m trying to swing it well. Trying to stick with it, let it ride. Not put too much thought into anything.”

Galvis and Howard were able to tag the Dodgers’ bullpen for four runs. Galvis homered in consecutive games for just the second time in his career.

“I think the bullpen wasn’t consistent,” Galvis said about the Dodgers. “They were throwing a lot of balls. They were walking a lot of guys, and they gave us a chance to win the game.”

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was hit in the right wrist by Elvis Araujo’s pitch in the sixth inning. He has a bruise and X-rays will be taken as a precautionary measure.

Seager went down in pain and was attended to by a trainer, but stayed in the game. He doubled in his next at-bat, a shot to center in the eighth inning.

Araujo (2-1) pitched one inning for the victory.

The Dodgers scored in the first inning on Adrian Gonzalez’s doubled to right, and cut it to 3-2 in the seventh on Rob Segedin’s RBI single.

REDDICK UPDATE

Josh Reddick is 5 for 32 with the Dodgers since being acquired from Oakland.

Before the game, Roberts said about Reddick’s slow offensive start: “I have seen him as a very productive player for a long time. I think you can see the body language a little bit when you hit a ball hard, and it gets caught in left-center field or you square a ball up and the second baseman is there. Maybe a little bit of over-swinging, but he’ll be fine.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Roberts on not calling a team meeting after ace Clayton Kershaw went down with a back injury.

“It was something that at that point in time, I felt we were trending in the right direction as a team. And, we have a lot of conversations individually and with certain groups or as a team about what it takes to win and be better every day. I thought the guys were understanding what me and the coaches were trying to talk about on a daily basis. I just trusted that and felt that I didn’t need to call a team meeting to state the obvious.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: LHP Rich Hill (blister on finger) had his latest expected start pushed back again for precautionary measures. There is no scheduled date for him to come off the disabled list. RHP Brandon McCarthy will throw a bullpen session on Thursday and could start this weekend.

UP NEXT

Phillies: On Friday, RHP Jake Thompson (0-1, 12.46) will make his second major league start in a home series with the Colorado Rockies. In his debut last Saturday, Thompson allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings against the San Diego Padres.

Dodgers: RHP Ross Stripling (3-3, 3.79) will make his second straight start Friday in place of Bud Norris, who is on the 15-day DL with a back strain. He threw five scoreless innings against Boston on Saturday. Prior to that, the rookie right-hander hadn’t started a game since May 19.

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