Crawford grounded out in the bottom of the fourth, and Howie Kendrick and Joc Pederson went down swinging to give Fernandez six strikeouts up to that point. Utley and Seager again proved to be a potent combination with the former reaching on a walk, and the latter smacking a base hit to right.
Gonzalez’s tapper back to the mound did move both runners into scoring position, but that’s where they remained as Grandal struck out swinging to end the inning. Yelich slapped a one-out single to left field in the sixth and was stranded by Stanton and Bour.
Meanwhile, Fernandez continued to silence the Dodgers, setting them down in order in the bottom of the sixth. Realmuto and Adeiny Hechavarria combined for consecutive one-out base hits in the seventh inning.
Maeda struck out pinch-hitter Derek Dietrich, but gave up a game-tying RBI single to Gordon. Pedro Baez and Kiké Hernandez entered as part of a double switch, with Maeda and Kendrick exiting.
Baez promptly gave up an RBI single to Prado, then balked in another run before managing to get out of the inning. With the Dodgers suddenly trailing by two runs, Justin Turner opened the bottom of the seventh with a pinch-hit single.
He was erased on a force out at second base, but the Dodgers then had a second runner reach with one out as Utley was hit by a pitch. Seager struck out swinging and Gonzalez reached on a grounder to Gordon that the second baseman booted and threw late to the bag.
However, Utley was caught too far off second base and got back-picked to end the inning with the Dodgers still trailing 4-2. Stanton added to Baez’s woes by leading off the eighth with a home run to right-center field.
Trayce Thompson pinch-hit for Louis Coleman in the bottom of the ninth and hit a leadoff single to center. Turner followed with a line drive that skipped off A.J. Ramos’ glove and got by lunging attempts from Hechavarria and Gordon to roll into center field, leaving runners on the corners.
Thompson scored on a Ramos wild pitch, but that was all the Dodgers managed to get and lost, 5-3.