Andre Ethier and Rafael Furcal made sure Matt Stairs didn't burn the Dodgers yet again.
After Stairs hit a pinch-hit home run to give the Philadelphia Phillies a one-run lead over the Dodgers on Saturday, Furcal answered with his first career pinch-hit homer in the ninth inning to send the game into extra innings.
Then Ethier delivered his second game-winning hit in as many days with a walk-off home run in the 12th inning off Chad Durbin as the Dodgers beat the Phillies, 3-2, in front of 41,412 at Dodger Stadium.
And nearly lost in the late-game drama was another strong showing by Dodgers starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, who shut out the Phillies on just two hits in his six innings of work.
It was Ethier's second home run of the game. And the previous night, he had hit a two-out double with the bases loaded to give the Dodgers a 4-3 win over the Phillies.
Furcal, the Dodgers' regular shortstop, didn't start Saturday to gain some added rest. But Dodgers Manager Joe Torre tapped him to pinch hit off Phillies closer Brad Lidge, who suffered his sixth blown save this year when Furcal's homer sailed into the right-field pavilion.
Up to that point, it looked liked Stairs' heroics had again doomed the Dodgers (39-19).
Last October, Stairs came off the bench to hit a two-out, two-run home run for a win that gave Philadelphia a 3-1 lead over the Dodgers in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series.
The Phillies won the pennant the following game and then the World Series.
On Saturday, after Kuroda left with a 1-0 lead, Stairs lined a single off Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario to score Raul Ibanez and Pedro Feliz.
But the Dodgers continued to struggle scoring runs despite keeping their winning record. They managed only the one run off Phillies right-handed starter Joe Blanton in his six innings of work.
The Dodgers did take solace from the performance by Kuroda, who had his second good outing since being sidelined for nearly two months with a muscle strain in his side.
Backed by his infielders' dazzling play, Kuroda pitched six innings of shutout ball and allowed only two hits, the first of which didn't come until Feliz singled with one out in the fourth inning.
Kuroda did lose his control in the sixth inning but it didn't cost him.
After Jayson Werth singled with two out, he reached third when Kuroda threw two wild pitches to Chase Utley, who eventually walked. But Kuroda struck out slugger Ryan Howard to end the threat.
In his first game back from the disabled list, last Monday, Kuroda gave up only two runs and three hits in five innings in the Dodgers' 3-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks
Kuroda benefited Saturday from two outstanding defensive plays.
In the third inning, the Phillies' Eric Bruntlett was on second when James Loney made a dazzling catch of a grounder behind first base by Shane Victorino and then beat Victorino to the bag, saving a run.
And in the fifth inning, after Feliz got the first hit off Kuroda, Hudson dove to his right to grab a grounder up the middle by Carlos Ruiz, then nipped Ruiz with the throw to first base to end that Phillies threat.
DODGERS 3, PHILLIES 2
Andre Ethier Delivers Another Dodgers Victory
Ethier delivered his second game-winning hit in as many days with a walk-off home run in the 12th inning off Chad Durbin as the Dodgers beat the Phillies, 3-2, in front of 41,412 at Dodger Stadium.
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