The Dodgers can complete the series sweep with an 11th straight victory Sunday when they face a Phillies team in danger of being shut out in three consecutive games.
The Dodgers have won a remarkable 42 of 50 overall - the best such stretch since the 1942 St. Louis Cardinals did the same. They last won 11 in a row July 28-Aug. 8, 2006.
Los Angeles' 19 wins in 20 road games is the best since the 1916 New York Giants made the same run.
The franchise also hasn't started a month 16-1 since June 1899 when it was the Brooklyn Superbas.
Los Angeles has won six straight road contests against the Phillies (53-69), who have dropped four straight and 21 of 25 overall."When you're facing the best you kind of get a gauge of where you are," Sandberg said.
Philadelphia was last shut out in three straight games by the New York Mets from May 25-27, 2010. The Dodgers blanked three consecutive opponents July 7-9, 2011.
Los Angeles, however, could face a tough task against scheduled Phillies starter Cole Hamels (5-13, 3.65 ERA), who is mired in his worst season but is 6-1 with a 2.39 ERA in 10 regular season and playoff starts versus Los Angeles.
Hamels also improved to 1-1 with a 1.45 ERA in his last four starts overall after he allowed a run and struck out nine to record his first complete game of the year in Monday's 5-1 victory at Atlanta.
"(It's) just being able to go out and not let the little things get to you," the left-hander told the Phillies' official website. "When you start a game, you have a plan, and (you have to be) able to stick with your routine."
The Dodgers hand the ball to Ricky Nolasco (9-9, 3.62), who tries to win four straight starts for the first time since 2010. The right-hander is 4-1 with a 2.97 ERA in seven starts since coming to Los Angeles from Miami, and 3-0 with a 2.76 ERA in August.
He allowed two runs in 6 1-3 innings of a 4-2 victory over the New York Mets on Monday."He never gives up and never gives in to hitters," said Mets catcher John Buck , a former teammate of Nolsaco with the Marlins. "He executes pitches when he needs to, and keeps the team in the ballgame."
Though Nolasco is 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA against the Phillies this season, this will be his first start against them as a Dodger.
All-Star Domonic Brown , who had one of Philadelphia's hits Saturday, is 6 for 15 with a double, triple and home run versus Nolasco.
Uribe is 1 for 13 against Hamels, but 13 for 26 in the last eight games overall.
|Jerry Hairston Jr.||22||.091||2||1||2||1||1||.125||.398||.273|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|August 04, 2013||Hanley Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Jammed right shoulder|
|August 03, 2013||Yasiel Puig||Day-to-Day||Left hand contusion|
|July 30, 2013||Brian Wilson||15-Day DL||Recovery from right elbow surgery|
|July 23, 2013||Jose Dominguez||15-Day DL||Left quad strain|
|July 22, 2013||Matt Kemp||15-Day DL||Sprained left ankle|
|July 13, 2013||Yasiel Puig||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore left hip|
|August 17, 2013||Michael Young||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore left ankle|
|August 15, 2013||John Lannan||15-Day DL||Left knee tendinitis|
|August 14, 2013||John Lannan||Day-to-Day||Knee|
|July 29, 2013||Jonathan Pettibone||15-Day DL||Strained right shoulder|
|July 26, 2013||Cliff Lee||Day-to-Day||Stiff neck|
|July 24, 2013||Domonic Brown||7-Day DL||Concussion|
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Ryne Sandberg 's first win as a major league manager came with some help from the opposition.
Carlos Ruiz had four hits and the Philadelphia Phillies benefited from two ninth-inning errors by shortstop Hanley Ramirez to beat the Dodgers 3-2 on Sunday, giving Sandberg his first victory and ending Los Angeles' 10-game winning streak.
Sandberg took over as interim manager Friday when Charlie Manuel , the winningest skipper in club history, was fired.
"We capitalized on a couple of miscues by the Dodgers," said Sandberg, who is going to save the lineup card. "We'll take it right now and hopefully build from that. Hopefully it will give us momentum for the rest of the homestand."
Philadelphia certainly could use some.
Shut out by the Dodgers in each of Sandberg's first two games, the Phillies snapped a four-game skid and won for only the fifth time in 26 games.
Darin Ruf homered to begin Philadelphia's comeback from a two-run deficit.
"It's nice to get a win, in general," Ruf said. "Hopefully we can get rolling and get (Sandberg) a few more as well."
Andre Ethier went deep for the Dodgers, who have lost just nine of their last 51.
Brandon League (6-4) relieved Paco Rodriguez with one out in the ninth and nobody on. After Casper Wells reached on Ramirez's throwing error, Ruiz singled to right to put runners on first and third.
League intentionally walked pinch-hitter Jimmy Rollins to load the bases for pinch-hitter Michael Young . He grounded sharply to Ramirez, who bobbled a potential double-play ball as Wells scored to end the Dodgers' streak of 12 straight victories in one-run games.
"It's tough to explain," Ramirez said. "We had Young running, we would've turned (a double play). We don't think about negative stuff. We just move on. It's definitely tough, but games like this will happen."
It was just the second loss in the last 21 road games for the Dodgers.
"I really don't think we did enough to win," manager Don Mattingly said. "We only scored two runs and we couldn't add on. Obviously you don't want to make errors. If we make plays in the ninth, the game is still going. But we had nine innings to get an extra run.
"After we get dressed and start on our way home, we'll digest that we won the first two and had an opportunity to win this one. It's a tough way to lose, but in a sense we didn't do enough to tack on runs."
Jonathan Papelbon (3-1) pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out two.
The Phillies snapped a scoreless streak of 21 2-3 innings when Ruf homered with two outs in the fourth to pull them to 2-1. Philadelphia tied it in the sixth on Cody Asche 's groundout.
Los Angeles jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Ethier's homer leading off the second and added a run in the fourth on Jerry Hairston Jr.'s RBI single.
But the Dodgers didn't have much more success against Cole Hamels , who left after allowing seven hits in seven innings with eight strikeouts and no walks.
The left-hander has yielded two earned runs or less in eight of his last nine starts but continued his hard-luck trend of 2013. It was the ninth no-decision for Hamels, who entered with the fifth-worst run support (3.33 runs per game) among starters in the majors.
"It's unfortunate I wasn't able to do it earlier," Hamels said of his recent form. "It's kind of what I expect of myself. You have to keep pushing yourself, preparing for the next game and expect to do things well.
"This is a good start, getting a win - especially against a great team," he added. "It gives us a place to start from."
Ricky Nolasco had won his last three starts for the Dodgers but took a no-decision after lasting six innings. He allowed two runs on five hits with five strikeouts and one walk.
"We played well all day," Nolasco said, before addressing the winning streak. "All good things come to an end. We'll try and start another one tomorrow."
NOTES: The Dodgers are 25-4 since the All-Star break; the Phillies are 6-21 over the same stretch. ... The Phillies had lost the previous 16 games in which they scored three runs or fewer. ... Phillies RHP Ethan Martin (1-2, 6.28 ERA) faces Colorado RHP Jeff Manship (0-2, 7.20) when Philadelphia opens a four-game series against the Rockies on Monday night. ... Dodgers LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (12-3, 2.91) opposes Marlins RHP Jose Fernandez (8-5, 2.45) on Monday for the start of a four-game series in Miami.