Phillies vs. Dodgers: MLB’s leading hitter Bryce Harper makes Phils win

There is currently no batter in baseball more locked in than Bryce Harper, who continues to drive the Phillies to win in the west.

Harper doubled in the first inning and then crushed a three-run homerun in the third inning on Saturday-evening off Dodgers lefthander Julio Urias, a 20-game winner last season who came in with a 2.10 ERA.

The Phillies won the game, 8-3, to claim their third straight win over Dodger Stadium. They are 5-1 on their seven-game road trip after being 1-4 on the homestand last week. This is their first series win at Dodger Stadium since 2014 and they are six runs behind the record for a visiting team in a four-game run at Chavez Ravine.

“We’re on fire. When I do this at Dodger Stadium, I’m surprised, I’m shocked,” the red-hot Jean Segura told the Phillies broadcasting crew in a post-game interview. “The guys are really swinging the bats.”

Harper over his last nine games is 17 for 36 (.472) with five home runs, seven doubles, 12 RBI and 11 runs scored. His 24 extra-base hits are five more than anyone else in the majors this season. His seven extra-base hits from the last three nights are the most ever by a visiting player in a three-game stretch at Dodger Stadium. Harper even bumped his way aboard in his final at bat. The move was judged a foul on Dodgers reliever Reyes Moronta, but could have easily yielded a hit and can be turned into one after further review.

No time is ideal for Harper to sit, but he will get a PRP shot to his injured right elbow on Sunday and that will keep him out of the lineup on Sunday and probably Tuesday. The Phils are off Monday before receiving the Padres for three.

Segura started the score with a three-run homer in the first inning, taking advantage of Justin Turner’s two-out error. In the fourth, Kyle Schwarber and Rhys Hoskins went deep when Urias gave up a career-worst four home runs.

The Phillies’ attack has spiraled out of control in Los Angeles, an unexpected development given the Dodgers’ 2.26 team ERA in the series. The Dodgers had allowed more than five runs all season before facing the Phillies, who scored 9, 12 and 8 for 29 runs on 37 hits in the first three games. It’s hard to imagine the lineup feeling more confident than it does now.

Ranger Suarez (4-1, 3.72 ERA) made an impressive seven innings outing. He gave up a leadoff homer to Mookie Betts and gave up two runs in the fourth, but then jammed with second and third and one out, eliminating Hanser Alberto, Austin Barnes and each Dodger the rest of the way. Suarez ended his night by putting down 11 in a row.

Getting length from Suarez was important Saturday night as the Phillies bullpen, especially the back, has been put under strain. Getting seven strong from Suarez allowed manager Joe Girardi to use only Seranthony Dominguez in the eighth and Connor Brogdon in the ninth.

The win makes the Phillies 17-17. They are at .500 for the first time since they were 10-10 and haven’t been higher since they were 3-2. They will be looking to make a serious statement at 4:10 a.m. Sunday afternoon, when they hope to complete a four-game sweep behind Aaron Nola. The Dodgers had not named a starter by the end of Saturday’s game.

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