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Dodgers' Billingsley fans nine, beats Padres third time in '07

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SAN DIEGO -- Chad Billingsley probably will have one more start against San Diego this season, which can't be good news to the Padres.

Billingsley shut down San Diego's resurgent offense with seven brilliant innings of four-hit ball that carried the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-0 win on Sunday.

The 23-year-old right-hander beat the Padres for the third time this season by matching his career-high with nine strikeouts against only one walk and allowing only one baserunner as far as second base. The Dodgers, trying to stay in the playoff hunt, avoided a three-game sweep.

San Diego leads the NL West by less than a percentage point over second-place Arizona. The Padres, who rested three regulars, including spark plug Milton Bradley, lost for just the fourth time in 13 games.

The Dodgers are four games back in both the division and wild-card race.

"It was a big series for us. We had to at least take one," Billingsley said. "If we would have gotten swept it would have hurt a lot."

Said manager Grady Little: "We're down but we're not out. There's always a chance. But we just can't miss many steps between here and the end. But every game we're playing right now is not do or die."

Billingsley's effort certainly helped.

"Chad was very good out there today," Little said. "You couldn't ask for anything more."

Billingsley's domination came after the Padres won the first two games of the series by scores of 6-4 and 7-0.

"I think we need that from several people right now," Little said. "The more we get it, the better chance we'll have."

Billingsley's pitching line Sunday almost matched that of July 1 at Los Angeles, when he beat the Padres 5-0 with seven innings of three-hit ball, with nine strikeouts and no walks.

"They have a great lineup," said Billingsley, who's in his second big league season. "There are no easy outs. If you make a mistake over the plate, those guys can hit it out. Just trust your stuff and make quality pitches. Hitters can sometimes find a way to get themselves out."

The Dodgers, who've won only six of 15 against San Diego this year, host the Padres Sept. 11-13. If the Dodgers stay on their current rotation, Billingsley would face them on the 13th.

"He's a young guy but he can pitch," San Diego's Mike Cameron said. "He did almost the same thing to us in L.A. We just couldn't get anything going against him."

Billingsley (10-4) also beat the Padres in relief in a 5-4, 17-inning victory at Petco Park on April 29.

Billingsley and four relievers combined on a six-hitter. After the Padres loaded the bases against Scott Proctor and Joe Beimel with one out in the eighth, Jonathan Broxton came on and struck out Cameron with a 99-mph fastball and Adrian Gonzalez with a full-count, 88-mph slider.

"That guy can get pretty filthy," said Cameron, who hit a grand slam in Saturday night's win. "He goes fast, faster and even faster. And when he's locating his fastball, he's tough to hit."

Rafael Furcal had three singles, a walk and tied his career-high with three stolen bases for the Dodgers. Matt Kemp had three hits, an RBI and scored twice.

San Diego's bats were quiet after consecutive wins by scores of 6-4 and 7-0. Gonzalez doubled leading off the fourth and was stranded. He was the only Padres baserunner to get as far as second against Billingsley.

The Dodgers scored the only run they needed in the sixth when Andre Ethier's one-out single off Justin Germano scored Kemp, who hit a leadoff single and stole second.

They added four more against Kevin Cameron in the seventh, three of which were unearned due to the reliever's error. Furcal drew a leadoff walk and stole second before Cameron bobbled Juan Pierre's bunt for an error, putting runners on first and third. Kemp and Jeff Kent followed with run-scoring singles to chase Cameron, and James Loney hit a two-run double off Joe Thatcher.

Germano (7-8) lost for the eighth time in 10 decisions after winning his first five decisions. He allowed one run and eight hits in six innings, struck out five and walked three.

Notes

  • The Dodgers stranded 10 baserunners and the Padres stranded seven.
  • Padres manager Bud Black said Bradley's left side was sore after Saturday night's game. "It's nothing to be concerned with," Black said. Bradley, who spent time on the DL earlier this season with a strained left oblique, will be back in the starting lineup in LF on Monday afternoon at Arizona.
  • C Josh Bard and 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff also received the day off. C Michael Barrett started a day after coming off a stint on the DL due to concussionlike symptoms.
  • 3B Andy LaRoche was recalled by the Dodgers from Triple-A Las Vegas and started. LaRoche got the start a day after Shea Hillenbrand committed a two-base error and struck out twice. Hillenbrand also struck out three times Friday night.
  • Dodgers reliever Roberto Hernandez appeared in his 1,005 career game, tied for 10th on the all-time games pitched list with Mike Jackson.
 
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Chad Billingsley tosses seven scoreless innings, yielding four hits and one walk while fanning nine.  (AP)
Chad Billingsley tosses seven scoreless innings, yielding four hits and one walk while fanning nine. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

C. Billingsley
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 1
K 9
San Diego

J. Germano
IP 6.0
H 8
ER 1
BB 3
K 5
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS4130100 .279
Juan Pierre, CF4110003 .291
Matt Kemp, RF5231001 .335
Jeff Kent, 2B4011002 .295
    Ramon Martinez, PR-2B1100000 .187
Andre Ethier, LF4011112 .288
Russell Martin, C5000004 .294
James Loney, 1B3022100 .308
Andy LaRoche, 3B2000221 .200
Chad Billingsley, P4000036 .077
    Scott Proctor, P0000000 .000
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
    Roberto Hernandez, P0000000 .000
Totals36511556  
Batting
2B - James Loney 2 (13, Germano, Thatcher)
SH - Juan Pierre (17)
RBI - Matt Kemp (34), Jeff Kent (72), Andre Ethier (55), James Loney 2 (37)
2-OUT RBI - James Loney 2 (8)
SB - Rafael Furcal 3 (16, 2nd base off Germano/Barrett, 2nd base off Germano/Barrett, 2nd base off K. Cameron/Barrett), Matt Kemp (8, 2nd base off Germano/Barrett)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - LaRoche-Kent-Loney, LaRoche-Martinez-Loney
Los Angeles Dodgers
Chad Billingsley (W,10-4) 7400190 3.30
Scott Proctor0100100 3.91
Joe Beimel 0.1000110 4.08
Jonathan Broxton (H,28) 0.2000020 2.17
Roberto Hernandez 1100000 5.91
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Billingsley 95-55, Scott Proctor 7-3, Joe Beimel 11-5, Jonathan Broxton 11-6, Roberto Hernandez 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Billingsley 2-9, Roberto Hernandez 1-1
Batters Faced - Chad Billingsley 25, Scott Proctor 2, Joe Beimel 2, Jonathan Broxton 2, Roberto Hernandez 3
San Diego Padres
Brian Giles, RF4010012 .293
Geoff Blum, 2B3010101 .251
Mike Cameron, CF3000125 .255
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4010014 .281
Khalil Greene, SS4020021 .251
Morgan Ensberg, 3B4000013 .226
Terrmel Sledge, LF4000022 .213
Michael Barrett, C3010011 .248
Justin Germano, P2000020 .167
    Kevin Cameron, P0000000 .000
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
    Justin Hampson, P0000000 .000
   a- Rob Mackowiak, PH0000100 .266
    Wilfredo Ledezma, P0000000 .000
Totals31060312  
a-walked for Hampson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Adrian Gonzalez (39, Billingsley)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Mike Cameron 1
DP - Greene-Gonzalez, Cameron-Gonzalez
E - Kevin Cameron (2, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
Justin Germano (L,7-8) 6811350 4.11
Kevin Cameron0241100 1.57
Joe Thatcher 1100100 1.29
Justin Hampson 1000000 3.14
Wilfredo Ledezma 1000010 5.69
IBB - LaRoche by Joe Thatcher
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Germano 95-59, Kevin Cameron 18-10, Joe Thatcher 20-12, Justin Hampson 8-6, Wilfredo Ledezma 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Germano 6-5, Kevin Cameron 1-0, Joe Thatcher 1-2, Justin Hampson 1-2, Wilfredo Ledezma 1-1
Batters Faced - Justin Germano 27, Kevin Cameron 4, Joe Thatcher 5, Justin Hampson 3, Wilfredo Ledezma 3
Game Information
Attendance - 40776
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Dan Iassogna