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Billingsley sharp for Dodgers to pick up first win in a month

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PHILADELPHIA -- Chad Billingsley threw strikes, got important outs and put his team in position to win.

For change, it was enough.

Billingsley struck out seven in seven sharp innings to earn his first victory in a month and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2 Thursday.

Billingsley (8-4) allowed one run and four hits, winning for the first time since he beat Houston on July 23. The 22-year-old right-hander was a hard-luck loser in that span. He lost consecutive games 1-0 and was 0-4 with a no-decision in five starts.

"My command was good," Billingsley said. "I was putting guys away when I needed to."

Juan Pierre drove in the go-ahead run with a bloop single in the seventh inning, and the Dodgers scored three insurance runs off struggling reliever Tom Gordon in the eighth to win for the sixth time in eight games.

"A week ago, we looked like a dead team when we weren't scoring runs," manager Grady Little said. "Now it looks like a different team."

Takashi Saito pitched a perfect ninth for his 34th save in 37 chances.

Los Angeles, which was 2 ½ games behind wild-card leading San Diego before Thursday, took two of three in Philadelphia.

The injury-depleted Phillies entered five games behind the NL East-leading New York Mets and one behind the Padres.

"In order for us to be a good team, we need to get our regular players back and our pitching has to be consistent," manager Charlie Manuel said.

Ramon Martinez singled leading off the seventh against J.C. Romero (0-2). He went to second on Billingsley's sacrifice, advanced to third on Rafael Furcal's groundout and scored on Pierre's soft fly to center.

"The at-bat before you hit a line drive right at them and then you bloop one over their heads," Pierre said. "I just found the right spot."

Furcal's RBI double in the fifth put the Dodgers ahead 1-0, but Pat Burrell doubled in a run with two outs in the sixth to tie it.

Gordon, the Phillies' former closer, allowed three runs and didn't record an out in the eighth. Jeff Kent singled in a run and Martinez had a two-run single with two outs to make it 5-1.

"Flash wasn't get his breaking ball over and his command wasn't good. That's what did him in," Manuel said.

Tadahito Iguchi hit a solo homer in the eighth off Jonathan Broxton. It was the first homer allowed by Broxton in 96 2-3 innings. That was the longest streak in team history and fifth-longest in the majors since the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1958.

Phillies starter Fabio Castro overcame control problems and allowed just one run in five innings. The 22-year-old left-hander walked six, gave up two hits and pitched out of trouble most of the game.

Castro became the 12th pitcher to start for Philadelphia this season and fourth to make his first career start. He was recalled from Triple-A Ottawa on Monday to replace injured reliever Mike Zagurski and moved into the rotation when ace Cole Hamels landed on the disabled list.

After the game, Castro returned to Ottawa and reliever Brian Sanches was called up.

Castro's wildness finally cost him in the fifth when he walked the opposing pitcher with one out. Billingsley scored on Furcal's double to right-center.

Pinch-hitter Shane Victorino walked to start the bottom of the sixth, stole second and scored on Burrell's shot off the center-field wall with two outs.

Castro retired the side in the first, but walked the bases loaded in the second inning. Billingsley then worked a full count after falling behind 0-2, but swung and missed at a pitch out of the strike zone to bail out the young lefty.

Notes

  • Castro put down a perfect bunt in the third inning for his first career sacrifice.
  • The four pitchers to make their first career start with the Phillies this season -- Castro, J.A. Happ, Zack Segovia and Kyle Kendrick -- combined were 0-2 with a 6.30 ERA in that outing.
  • Pierre's RBI single extended his hitting streak to 11 games. He was thrown out trying to steal second base by catcher Carlos Ruiz, ending a career-best streak of 18 straight successful attempts.
 
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Chad Billingsley puts some bad luck behind him and earns his first win since July 23.  (AP)
Chad Billingsley puts some bad luck behind him and earns his first win since July 23. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

R. Martinez
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Los Angeles

C. Billingsley
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 2
K 7
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS4011101 .278
Juan Pierre, CF5011001 .290
Matt Kemp, RF4110122 .333
Jeff Kent, 2B3011101 .287
Shea Hillenbrand, 1B2000000 .255
   a- James Loney, PH-1B2110000 .311
Russell Martin, C0100400 .290
Luis Gonzalez, LF4000015 .275
    Andre Ethier, LF0000000 .298
Ramon Martinez, 3B3122100 .191
Chad Billingsley, P1100113 .095
   b- Mark Sweeney, PH1000001 .252
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
Totals2957594  
a-grounded out for Hillenbrand in the 6th
b-lined out for Billingsley in the 8th
Batting
2B - Rafael Furcal (22, Castro)
SH - Chad Billingsley (3)
RBI - Rafael Furcal (43), Juan Pierre (31), Jeff Kent (67), Ramon Martinez 2 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Pierre (15), Ramon Martinez 2 (9)
SB - Matt Kemp (6, 2nd base off Gordon/Ruiz)
CS - Juan Pierre (10, 2nd base by Romero/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Furcal-Kent-Hillenbrand
Los Angeles Dodgers
Chad Billingsley (W,8-4) 7411270 3.48
Jonathan Broxton 1111011 2.34
Takashi Saito (S,34) 1000020 1.44
IBB - Howard by Chad Billingsley
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Billingsley 93-56, Jonathan Broxton 15-12, Takashi Saito 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Billingsley 8-5, Jonathan Broxton 2-0, Takashi Saito 1-0
Batters Faced - Chad Billingsley 26, Jonathan Broxton 4, Takashi Saito 3
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4000012 .288
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B4111010 .263
Pat Burrell, LF4011020 .264
Ryan Howard, 1B3000120 .256
Aaron Rowand, CF4010022 .308
Greg Dobbs, 3B4000011 .282
Jayson Werth, RF3020000 .271
Carlos Ruiz, C3000002 .264
    Geoff Geary, P0000000 .000
Fabio Castro, P0000000 .000
    Antonio Alfonseca, P0000000 .000
   a- Shane Victorino, PH0100100 .281
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
    Tom Gordon, P0000000 .000
    Chris Coste, C1000010 .337
Totals30252210  
a-walked for Alfonseca in the 6th
Batting
2B - Pat Burrell (21, Billingsley)
HR - Tadahito Iguchi (8, Broxton)
SH - Fabio Castro (1)
RBI - Tadahito Iguchi (39), Pat Burrell (68)
2-OUT RBI - Tadahito Iguchi (12), Pat Burrell (20)
SB - Shane Victorino (33, 2nd base off Billingsley/Martin)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Rollins-Iguchi-Howard, Rollins-Iguchi-Howard, Geary-Coste-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
Fabio Castro 5211640 6.23
Antonio Alfonseca 1000100 4.06
J.C. Romero (L,1-2) 1211000 2.65
Tom Gordon0233200 5.85
Geoff Geary 2100000 5.05
Pitches-Strikes - Fabio Castro 88-40, Antonio Alfonseca 15-8, J.C. Romero 16-12, Tom Gordon 23-11, Geoff Geary 18-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Fabio Castro 6-3, Antonio Alfonseca 1-2, J.C. Romero 2-0, Geoff Geary 2-3
Batters Faced - Fabio Castro 21, Antonio Alfonseca 4, J.C. Romero 4, Tom Gordon 4, Geoff Geary 6
Game Information
Attendance - 37875
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Marty Foster