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4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)6:05 PM CT, September 20, 2017
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 20,175

Phillies not making it easy for Dodgers

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Los Angeles Dodgers at Philadelphia Phillies

  1. The Dodgers swept three games from the Phillies at Los Angeles back in April, improving to 12-4 in the series since the beginning of 2015. The Dodgers have hit .303 as a team while averaging 6.31 runs per game during their spree.
  2. Although they fell at Washington on Sunday, 7-1, the Dodgers appear to have righted their ship, winning four of their past five games. Los Angeles had lost 16 of its previous 17 contests.
  3. The Phillies concluded their 2017 slate of games against the American League by dropping two of three games to Oakland this weekend. Philadelphia currently sports the lowest winning percentage (5-15, .250) by any team in interleague play this season.
  4. With a career record of 3-4 against them, the Phillies are one of only three teams against which Clayton Kershaw has posted a losing record. The others include Pittsburgh (2-3) and Texas (0-1).
  5. Nick Pivetta's 6.75 ERA this season is the third highest in Phillies history among pitchers who've made at least 20 starts. The only ones to post a higher ERA were Les Sweetland (7.71) and Claude Willoughby (7.59), each in 1930.
  6. Maikel Franco went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI on Sunday, when he generated his first three-hit game since July 18. Franco has collected multiple hits in five of his past nine games, matching his total of five multi-hit efforts over his previous 35 games since August 1.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/18/2017 thru 9/21/2017
(Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA -- A series between the team with the best record in baseball and one with the second-worst certainly hasn't gone the way one might expect.

Just a few games away from clinching their fifth division title in a row, the Los Angeles Dodgers have run into a surprisingly difficult Philadelphia Phillies squad in the City of Brotherly Love.

The Phillies (60-91) took the first two of a four-game series between the clubs, beating two Dodgers aces along the way. First, an Aaron Altherr grand slam beat Clayton Kershaw 4-3 on Monday night. Then, Rhys Hoskins' three-run double in the seventh inning lifted the Phillies to a 5-2 win on Tuesday night in a game that Yu Darvish started.

"It was nice to beat the Dodgers with Kershaw and Darvish pitching," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "We're playing well right now. Good to beat the Dodgers."

Despite the defeats, the Dodgers (96-55) have their magic number to clinch the National League West down to two. The second-place Arizona Diamondbacks, 9 1/2 games back in the division race, have lost three straight.

If the Dodgers want to wrap up the division at Citizens Bank Park, they will have to get through a Phillies team that is 17-14 over its past 31 games.

"Teams that have nothing to play for but are trying to establish themselves, those are dangerous teams," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "They're gutty and they play hard."

Roberts will hand the ball Wednesday to yet another impressive starting pitcher, left-hander Alex Wood.

Wood (15-3, 2.69 ERA) is coming off throwing six shutout innings against the Washington Nationals on Friday, the eighth time this year he kept the opposition off the scoreboard in one of his starts. He went at least five innings each of those outings, and he has thrown six or more shutout innings six times.

Though shoulder issues sent him to the DL in late August, Wood feels as if he is back to where he needs to be to help the Dodgers go for their first World Series since 1988.

"I'm pretty close, still a little bit to go," Wood said after the win over Washington. "I've been working really hard to solidify my mechanics and get back to where I need to be for the playoffs."

In 13 career appearances (eight starts) against the Phillies, Wood is 3-3 with a 3.40 ERA. He has not faced Philadelphia this season.

Phillies starter Jake Thompson will make his 10th start of the season on Wednesday night as he faces the Dodgers for the first time this year.

Thompson (2-2, 4.46 ERA) is coming off a strong outing against the Miami Marlins last Thursday. He gave up six hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings, but he struck out six to help keep him from allowing any runs. It was Thompson's first win since July 28, a span of five starts.

He faced the Dodgers once as a rookie in 2016, giving up five earned runs in five innings during a 7-2 loss.

Updated September 20, 2017

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