Aaron Altherr's grand slam powers Phillies to 4-3 win over Dodgers

Philadelphia Phillies' Aaron Altherr in action during a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday Sept. 18 2017 in Philadelphia

Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw gives up first grand slam of career in loss to Phillies

And he held the Phillies scoreless on two hits through the first five innings Monday. In the bottom of the sixth inning, trailing 2-0, the Phillies loaded the bases on a Ty Kelly walk, a Freddy Galvis single, and a Rhys Hoskins walk, bringing up Altherr. Kershaw allowed four earned runs in six innings of work to take the loss.

"Just bad pitches, I guess", Kershaw said in the first of a series of curt responses to reporters after the game.

The 1-1 pitch came in about belt high.

Is the home run obsession in baseball responsible for the damage being done to Kershaw just like every other pitcher - or is it a sign of his growing mortality as his 30th birthday approaches? The second, of course, was on Monday where he gave up the grand slam and walked two in one inning.

Los Angeles outfielder Chris Taylor led off the game with an inside-the-park home run off the wall in left-center. It marked the second straight outing in which the 24-year-old Canadian rookie struggled, as he surrendered six runs and 10 hits over five frames in a setback against the Mets in NY on September 6.

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Following the grand slam, Altherr improved his slash line to.276/.348/.521 along with 17 home runs, 55 RBI, and 51 runs scored in 362 plate appearances.

Granderson homered to right with one out in the ninth to pull Los Angeles within one, but Hector Neris recovered to record his 22nd save in 25 chances.

Tonight's game had a bit of everything in it and the runs all came from home runs.

The Phillies have won five of seven.

They beat the Giants twice in San Francisco, then rolled into Washington and took two of three from the Nationals to reduce their magic number in the NL West to four.

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"It was a surprise to all of us, because when there is traffic or stress, Clayton always finds a way to make that pitch to get the strikeout or the groundball", Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. The Dodgers' ace left-hander dropped to 3-5 in his career versus Philadelphia, one of just three teams he has a losing record against.

The #Los Angeles Dodgers started off Monday night's game against the Philadelphia Phillies with a bang, but unfortunately, they couldn't sustain that momentum.

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