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Billingsley notches first career CG, Dodgers decimate Astros

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HOUSTON -- Chad Billingsley hasn't spent a lot of time thinking about pitching in the ninth inning. After all, he'd never lasted past seven innings in any of his first 22 career starts. That all changed Monday night.

The right-hander threw a five-hitter for his first complete game, Jeff Kent had four hits and a pair of RBI and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Houston Astros 10-2.

"You never know about that when you come out in the first inning," Billingsley said of going the distance. "You don't try to get too far ahead of yourself or try to do too much. You just go one out at a time.

"I knew I had a chance in the seventh inning. I told myself to just keep doing what I've been doing."

Luis Gonzalez and James Loney had three RBI each for the NL West-leading Dodgers, who came in having lost three of four.

Manager Grady Little was thrilled with his young pitcher.

"That was a pretty good example of what he's capable of," he said. "That was one of the most beautiful sights I've ever seen and one of the first times I've ever been the happiest guy in the world to see a guy go 0-for-5.

"It came at a good time for us. It was what we needed to get back on track."

Billingsley took a shutout into the ninth and had two outs when Luke Scott hit a two-run homer.

"I had pretty good command of my fastball," Billingsley said. "It was disappointing not getting the shutout but it was sill a complete game. I just wanted to go deep into the game and give our bullpen a little bit of rest."

Billingsley (7-0) allowed five hits with three walks and six strikeouts. He became the first Dodger to start the season 7-0 since Matt Herges started the 2000 season 8-0. Billingsley is 3-0 in seven starts since joining the rotation June 21. He was 4-0 in 23 relief appearances.

Loney, who played at nearby Elkins High, was returning to Minute Maid Park for the first time since he played a high school regional in 2002. He said he had "about 40" friends and family at the game.

"It felt great to hit the home run," Loney said. "Getting an opportunity to play here was a great experience."

Chris Sampson (7-7) went five innings and allowed four runs and eight hits. He lost for the second time in his last seven starts.

"There is not much to feel good about tonight," Sampson said. "When you give up four runs in five innings, you can't exactly call that good pitching. I kept leaving my sinker up a little bit and I wasn't able to locate other pitches to get ahead of hitters."

The Astros bullpen, which had allowed just one run in 21 2/3 innings over the last eight games, got hit hard. Dave Borkowski relieved Sampson and allowed three runs and five hits in two innings, and Brian Moehler gave up four hits in the ninth, including a three-run homer by Loney.

"I am disappointed," manager Phil Garner said. "We are disappointed to come back home, where we have been playing pretty good ball and I felt like yesterday's game might have helped us a little bit, but we just didn't muster any offense tonight.

The Dodgers got on the board in the first when Kent singled in Rafael Furcal for a 1-0 lead. Kent then doubled in the fourth inning, went to third on a groundout and scored on Sampson's wild pitch to make it 2-0.

Gonzalez's bases-loaded single to right drove in Furcal and Juan Pierre for a 4-0 lead in the fifth.

Kent's double in the seventh drove in Russell Martin. Gonzalez then drove Kent in with a double and Nomar Garciaparra singled in Gonzalez for a 7-0 lead.

It was Kent's first four-hit game since Sept. 18 against the Padres. He reached base for the 34th straight game, the longest streak in the majors this year.

Notes

  • Loney was hit by a pitch in the fourth inning to stretch his streak of reaching base to 28 straight games dating back to June 22.
  • The Dodgers' 27-20 record on the road is the best in the NL.
  • Lance Berkman went 0-for-4 in his first start after missing three games with a sore hand. Berkman played with a pad taped to the top of his hand.
 
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Chad Billingsley yields five hits and two runs through nine innings, improving his record to 7-0.  (AP)
Chad Billingsley yields five hits and two runs through nine innings, improving his record to 7-0. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

C. Billingsley
IP 9.0
H 5
ER 2
BB 3
K 6
Los Angeles

J. Kent
AB 4
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS5220011 .286
Juan Pierre, CF4110000 .286
Russell Martin, C5110003 .301
Jeff Kent, 2B4142000 .292
    Ramon Martinez, PR-2B1210000 .162
Luis Gonzalez, LF4123002 .293
    Matt Kemp, RF1000001 .371
Nomar Garciaparra, 3B5131002 .283
James Loney, 1B4113001 .358
Andre Ethier, RF-LF4020102 .297
Chad Billingsley, P5000013 .154
Totals421017912  
Batting
2B - Russell Martin (22, Borkowski), Jeff Kent 2 (24, Sampson, Borkowski), Ramon Martinez (3, Moehler), Luis Gonzalez (19, Borkowski)
HR - James Loney (4, Moehler)
SH - Juan Pierre (13)
RBI - Jeff Kent 2 (53), Luis Gonzalez 3 (47), Nomar Garciaparra (48), James Loney 3 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Kent (16), Luis Gonzalez 2 (17)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Kent-Furcal-Loney
E - Nomar Garciaparra (7, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Chad Billingsley (W,7-0) 9522361 3.38
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Billingsley 109-70
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Billingsley 7-13
Batters Faced - Chad Billingsley 34
Houston Astros
Craig Biggio, 2B3000112 .247
Mark Loretta, SS4000003 .301
    Brian Moehler, P0000000 .250
Lance Berkman, 1B4000010 .257
Carlos Lee, LF4000010 .289
Mike Lamb, 3B4120000 .305
Luke Scott, RF-CF4122011 .236
Eric Munson, C4010011 .292
Eric Bruntlett, CF-SS1000200 .293
Chris Sampson, P0000000 .160
   a- Morgan Ensberg, PH1000002 .227
    Dave Borkowski, P0000000 .000
    Trever Miller, P0000000 .000
   b- Orlando Palmeiro, PH-RF1000010 .250
Totals3025236  
a-flied out for Sampson in the 5th
b-struck out for Miller in the 8th
Batting
HR - Luke Scott (12, Billingsley)
SH - Chris Sampson (8)
RBI - Luke Scott 2 (43)
2-OUT RBI - Luke Scott 2 (15)
PK - Eric Bruntlett (1, Billingsley)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Bruntlett-Biggio-Berkman
Houston Astros
Chris Sampson (L,7-7) 5844000 4.29
Dave Borkowski 2533110 4.64
Trever Miller 1000010 5.88
Brian Moehler 1433001 6.21
IBB - Ethier by Dave Borkowski
HBP - Loney (by Chris Sampson)
WP - Chris Sampson (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Sampson 74-44, Dave Borkowski 46-30, Trever Miller 13-8, Brian Moehler 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Sampson 11-4, Dave Borkowski 2-3, Trever Miller 1-1, Brian Moehler 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Sampson 24, Dave Borkowski 12, Trever Miller 3, Brian Moehler 6
Game Information
Attendance - 38245
Game Time - 2:29
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Mike Everitt