PHILADELPHIA (AP) - At this point, it might serve Ryne Sandberg best to just pick up a bat himself.
In Sandberg's first two games as manager since Charlie Manuel was fired, the Philadelphia Phillies have yet to cross home plate. They were shut out by the Los Angeles Dodgers for the second consecutive night Saturday, this time 5-0.
``Their pitching showed what it can do, and they're on a hot streak right now,' Sandberg said. ``We faced two hot pitchers, and they came as advertised.'
Clayton Kershaw pitched eight dominant innings as the seemingly unstoppable Dodgers won their 10th straight game.
Juan Uribe hit a three-run homer, Kershaw had an RBI double and the NL West leaders improved to 25-3 after the All-Star break. They have won 19 of their last 20 road games and are 42-8 overall since June 22, the best 50-game stretch in the majors since the 1942 St. Louis Cardinals had the same record.
The loss was the fourth in a row for the skidding Phillies, who were blanked 4-0 by Zack Greinke and the Dodgers in Sandberg's debut and have now lost 21 of 25.
Both teams were .500 at the All-Star break.
``When you're facing the best you kind of get a gauge of where you are,' Sandberg said.
The previous team before the Dodgers to win 19 of 20 road games was the 1916 New York Giants, according to STATS.
The 10-game winning streak is the longest for Los Angeles since an 11-game run in 2006.
Kershaw (12-7) allowed three hits and lowered his NL-best ERA to 1.80. He struck out eight and walked one.
``He dominated the strike zone, got ahead of the hitters and mixed his pitches,' Sandberg said.
Uribe singled and doubled before hitting a three-run shot to break the game open in the eighth.
The win was Kershaw's first in nine career games against the Phillies. The left-hander also helped himself at the plate with a run-scoring double. His seven RBIs lead the Dodgers' pitching staff.
Brandon League worked the ninth to secure Los Angeles' major league-best 16th shutout. It was the 12th time the Phillies have been blanked this season.
Philadelphia's lone threat came in the eighth, when Casper Wells doubled and John Mayberry Jr. walked with one out. But Erik Kratz popped out and, after a wild pitch, pinch-hitter Carlos Ruiz struck out.
``I had pretty decent fastball command tonight,' Kershaw said. ``I was able to throw the ball to both sides of the plate decently, and I felt good. Other than that walk to Mayberry, I felt like I had decent control, took advantage of their aggressiveness for the most part tonight and got some quick outs.'
Kyle Kendrick (10-10) labored through six effective innings for the Phillies, yielding two runs and seven hits. He was aided by four double plays, including ones that ended the third, fourth and fifth innings.
``I just tried to minimize the damage,' Kendrick said. ``I was just trying to keep us in the game. I felt good. I battled and gave us a quality effort.'
The Dodgers opened the game with two singles and scored their first run when Mayberry let a grounder get by him at first base for an error. Los Angeles could have had more, but Andre Ethier grounded into bases-loaded double play.
Uribe and Kershaw hit consecutive doubles in the fifth to make it 2-0.
Domonic Brown got the Phillies' first hit in the fifth inning. He was later picked off first base.
``I see enthusiasm on the bench and hustle on the bases, although we didn't have too many baserunners tonight,' Sandberg said. ``The effort is definitely there.'
NOTES: The Dodgers have won six straight games at Citizens Bank Park. ... Phillies RHP Roy Halladay will make his second minor league rehab start Tuesday with Class-A Lakewood. Halladay (2-4, 8.65 ERA) has not pitched since May 5. ... Phillies RHP Jonathan Pettibone will also make a rehab start Tuesday, for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. ... Cole Hamels (5-13, 3.65) is scheduled to start for the Phillies in the series finale against Ricky Nolasco (9-9, 3.62).
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