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LOS ANGELES -- Right-hander Mike Adams threw a perfect eighth inning Tuesday against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.

It was his second appearance of the season, but it came in a big spot with the game tied.

"He came in last night throwing strikes," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "That's huge. We're talking about strikes out of the bullpen, challenging the hitter, down in the zone, mix pitches, but come out of the bullpen throwing strikes has been the message from Day 1. I would say the guys that are here now have been doing that. That's good. That's good that some guys did step up."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.