LOS ANGELES — Dodger Stadium has long been one of Bryce Harper’s favorite stadiums to visit.
The two-time NL MVP made his major league debut here in 2012, and he loved it, too, because he could see family and friends driving over from Las Vegas.
In the first three games of the weekend series, the Philadelphia Phillies slugger gave family members and the Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers a game they won’t soon forget.
Harper homered for the third straight game Saturday night and finished with three hits in an 8-3 victory. It was part of a barrage where the Phillies went deep four times and reached .500 (17-17) for the first time since April 13.
“He’s in a good position. He’s very important to our offense. We have other guys in a good position too, which really helps,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said.
Harper also had a double, making him the first visiting player in Dodger Stadium’s 60-year history to have a home run and at least two extra hits in three straight games.
“I think we’ve done a good job of coming here, getting out there early, fighting the best guys we can, and jumping on things when we can,” said Harper, who shot 8-of-12 on 3-of-12 shots. home runs and 8 RBIs for the series.
Jean Segura, Kyle Schwaber and Reece Hoskins also homered Dodgers starter Julio Urias (2-3). Philadelphia — which has won four of its past six games in a row, five of them — will go on Sunday for its first four-game sweep since 1985 at Chavez Canyon.
One of the Dodgers’ few saving graces is that they won’t see Harper in the series finale. Harper plans to receive an injection of platelet-rich plasma to help treat a partially torn ligament in his right elbow.
Harper will remain the designated hitter because he won’t be pitching for a month.
“It’s nice to get some clarity. That’s huge for me. I know where it’s at right now and will obviously continue to do so,” Harper said.
Harper hit a 3-pointer from Urias’ right field to extend the Phillies’ lead to 6-1 in the third. It was the eighth time in Harper’s career that he has hit at least three home runs in a row, and the first since August 2019.
Rangers Suarez (4-1) played a season-high seven innings and won for the third time in his last four games.
Mookie Betts hit a one-shot for Los Angeles, which has lost four straight for the first time since last June.
“The last four games we haven’t performed to our ability,” manager Dave Roberts said. “When you’re leading a team, the guys with the hot ball and you don’t shoot well, they’re going to make you pay.”
Segura extended his streak to 11 with a three-run homer in the first inning, barely over the short fence in the left field corner. The Dodgers had a chance to get out of the inning, but third baseman Justin Turner made a throwing error on a grounder hit by Nick Castellanos, which put Segura next.
Schwaber and Hoskins added solo shots in the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 8-1.
The Dodgers responded to Cody Bellinger’s two-run double on the right field line in the bottom of the fourth quarter and had loaded the bases.
Suarez threw 102 pitches, his second straight over the century. The southpaw — who retired the last 11 hitters he faced — allowed three runs and struck out six on five hits.
Urias gave up a career-high four home runs, more than the three he allowed as a starter in his rookie season in 2016. Five of the eight homers allowed by the southpaw came on eight hits and three strikeouts in six innings.
Bates’ home run was the 31st of his career, including 11 with the Dodgers.
Phillies: Girardi says SS/2B Bryson Stout is not in the lineup because the left-handed hitter has struggled against Urias this season.
Dodgers: RHP Blake Treinen (inflamed right shoulder) said he still feels sick and has no timeline on when he will be able to pick up the baseball and continue throwing.
the west is gone
The Phillies announced before the game that former pitcher David West, who was part of their 1993 World Series team, died of brain cancer. He is 57 years old.
West had a 10-year career with the New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox. He pitched for the Phillies in the 1993-96 season.
Phillies RHP Aaron Nola (1-4, 3.83 ERA) hasn’t won since the first start of the season. RHP Michael Grove will make his major league debut with the Dodgers.
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