PHILADELPHIA — Max Muncy’s field error in two runs in the 10th ended a wild late-inning sequence and allowed the Philadelphia Phillies to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 on Sunday.
With two outs and men in second and third place in the 10th, Alec Bohm hit a small dribbler from Evan Phillips (1-2) to Muncy in second place in what appeared to be the final of the inning. But Muncy doesn’t catch it cleanly, dropping it and letting the ball roll a few yards behind him.
“I just didn’t give myself enough space because I knew the ball would bounce a little higher on a dry pitch,” Muncy said. “The ball bounced up on me and I just didn’t play the game. I fell in and stopped and didn’t give myself enough space because I knew it would bounce higher.”
This sequence allowed Garrett Stubbs to get the tie run and Roman Quinn to bring home the winning run with a head first slide just before the throw.
“It was one of those decisions right now,” said Quinn, who decided to keep the inning alive and advanced to second when Stubbs hit a throw from Mookie Betts for third. “I looked back and saw that he had missed the ball. I look and see it out of the corner of my eye, but then (third base coach Dusty Wathan) sent me home.
“I knew there was going to be a game at the plate,” Muncy said. “Roman Quinn is really fast. There were a couple of foul balls he already had on third base when the ball even got into foul territory, so it’s just one of those things where you know he won’t stop running if he gets away from you. It took me too long to find the ball. I felt like I had a good throw, but it just took too long.”
Stubbs had hit his first major league homer to put Philadelphia on the board in the sixth. The Phillies had leveled the game with two outs in the ninth on Jean Segura’s single at left, which scored Nick Castellanos, whose two-out double started the rally.
Corey Knebel (1-3) pitched an inning to claim the win.
Trae Turner had three hits for the Dodgers — including a single that gave the Dodgers a 3-2 lead by scoring Betts. Turner now has a 14-game hitting streak — Paul Goldschmidt is the longest in the National League this season.
Mookie Betts and Edwin Rios hit solo homers while Tony Gonsolin hit seven and allowed just a walk and three hits in the no-decision.
“We just didn’t pitch here or make a game here,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. “Give us credit because we kept playing. Unfortunately we came up short today.”
The Phillies received a strong showing from starting pitcher Zach Eflin, who had a career-high 12 during his seven innings of work with a large number of curveballs in his arsenal while conceding four hits and two walking.
Eflin’s only real hiccup came in consecutive innings on a pair of hanging sinkers against the top of the Dodgers order. With two outs in the third, Betts hit his 10th homer of the year and his second in as many days with a deep left center blast. Then, in the fourth, Rios sliced a homer in opposite field that just snuck over the wall in left field.
“It sets the tone for our road trip,” said Eflin. “It’s important to us to get that out there. We had some great defensive plays late in the game and came into play – that was the definition of a team win. We’re all pretty pumped here.”
Phillies OF Mickey Moniak was due to start a second rehab assignment for Class A Clearwater on Sunday before being transferred to Double A Reading to continue his climb after a broken right hand at the end of spring training. If he returns, Moniak — the top pick in the 2016 Major League Baseball draft — will likely end up as Philadelphia’s primary centerfield pick. … SS Didi Gregorius was due to fly with the club on his charter to continue rehabilitation for his left knee sprain which has put him on the injured list since May 5.
Dodgers: Travel to Washington to start Monday with three games against the Nationals. Tyler Anderson (4-0, 4.04 ERA) starts the opener against Nationals RHP Joan Adon (1-7, 6.38).
Phillies: Start a seven-game Divisional road trip Monday in Atlanta. Zack Wheeler (2-3, 3.49 ERA) meets LHP Tucker Davidson (1-0, 5.87) in the series opener.