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Although they occupy opposite ends of the standings, the Los Angeles Dodgers wish they were as hot as the Philadelphia Phillies right now.

Philadelphia looks to continue its second-half surge Wednesday night against the Dodgers.

Three games against MLB-worst Philadelphia (42-65) appeared to give Los Angeles (60-46) a prime opportunity to extend its NL West lead, but instead its advantage over San Fransisco was cut to two games with Tuesday's 6-2 series-opening loss.

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The rebuilding Phillies are 17 games out of a wild-card spot, but are a major league-best 13-3 since the All-Star break, matching their win total from the previous 52 games.

Maikel Franco hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the seventh inning Tuesday, lifting Philadelphia to its ninth win in 11 home games.

"It's amazing for me," Franco said. "I knew it was going out. I knew I hit it good."

Franco is hitting .282 with 12 homers and his 44 RBIs are the most by a Phillies rookie since Carlos Ruiz had 54 in 2007.

"We know what he is. He's a gamer," interim manager Pete Mackanin said. "This game he likes to play. He does not feel sorry for himself. He doesn't pout. He goes up there to do damage."

Fellow rookie Odubel Herrera has a .367 average with eight runs in the last seven games. He had an RBI double Tuesday.

Brett Anderson (5-6, 3.14 ERA) will attempt to cool Philadelphia.

The left-hander shook off a sore Achilles and allowed two runs in seven innings of a 2-0 loss to Oakland on July 28.

The injury ended Anderson's previous start after 2 2-3 innings a week earlier but an MRI showed no structural damage.

"The stuff wasn't great, but coming off an injury scare and being able to get ground balls, I'll take it," Anderson told MLB's official website. "It's one of those things I'll have to monitor going forward. Everybody has nicks at this point."

Anderson allowed four runs in five innings of a 7-2 loss in his only meeting with the Phillies on July 7.

Jimmy Rollins, hitting .341 in the last 11 games, went 2 for 5 Tuesday in his return to Philadelphia after being traded to the Dodgers over the winter. He's 7 for 20 with a homer, three doubles and five RBIs in five games against his former team.

The Phillies are giving the ball to Aaron Harang (5-11, 3.97), who is trying to win consecutive starts for the first time this year.

In the right-hander's first start in four weeks due to a foot injury, Harang allowed one run and nine hits in five innings of Thursday's 4-1 win over Atlanta, ending his eight-start losing streak.

"All his stuff looked sharp," Mackanin said. "He certainly looked like a different guy."

Harang allowed nine runs and 16 hits over 10 1-3 innings in two starts against the Dodgers last season, losing his only decision.

Harang figures to have his hands full with Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig. Gonzalez is 10 for 23 with three homers and two doubles in this matchup, while Puig is 5 for 6 with a home run and double.