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Barely breathing Dodgers trip up Diamondbacks

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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks know exactly who's chasing them -- and what they must do to wrap up the NL West title.

But the Diamondbacks wasted a chance to extend their division lead Sunday, losing 7-1 to Chad Billingsley and the Dodgers as Los Angeles stopped a seven-game skid.

Arizona remained 2½ games ahead of second-place San Diego, which lost 7-3 to the Colorado Rockies. After a day off Monday, the Diamondbacks have six games remaining -- three at Pittsburgh and three in Colorado. Their magic number is five to clinch the division crown.

"Whoever said that they're not watching the scoreboard is probably lying to you," Arizona rookie Chris Young said. "We lost, and they ended up losing, too."

Still, the Diamondbacks took comfort in winning two of three against Los Angeles. That softened the sting of Sunday's defeat a bit.

"It's more important that you try to take care of yourself," manager Bob Melvin said. "Today we didn't. We won two out of three though, and that's always the goal."

Billingsley (12-5) limited Arizona to one run and five hits in 5 2/3 innings. Joe Beimel, Jonathan Broxton and Takashi Saito held the Diamondbacks hitless over the final 3 1/3 innings.

Juan Pierre had four hits and James Loney added three, including a two-run homer. Tony Abreu also connected for the Dodgers, barely alive in the wild-card race. Billingsley walked four and struck out six.

"The team played very good today," manager Grady Little said. "We got a lot of production all up and down through the lineup, and it was good to see."

Arizona starter Edgar Gonzalez (8-3) allowed three runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings. Gonzalez, who has bounced between the bullpen and the rotation, lost for the first time in eight decisions. His previous defeat was on April 21 at San Francisco.

Gonzalez pitched with a blister that formed on his index finger as he warmed up in the bullpen. He put Krazy Glue on the finger before the second and third innings, but couldn't control his pitches.

"It's so hard to throw like that," Gonzalez said. "I wanted to help the team, but it was not working for me this time."

The series matched two teams going in opposite directions. Los Angeles has been beset by injuries and, unlike the Diamondbacks, the Dodgers have not had good team chemistry. Last week, veteran second baseman Jeff Kent criticized the team's younger players for their lack of professionalism.

The Dodgers took out their frustrations on the Diamondbacks at the end of a 1-6 road trip.

Los Angeles went up 1-0 in the first on Abreu's homer.

The Diamondbacks tied it in the bottom half on Mark Reynolds' two-out bloop single, one of three singles in the inning.

"I started off kind of shaky but was able to come back from a rough first inning," Billingsley said. "Later in the game I was starting to throw a little more off-speed and keeping the hitters off-balance and moving the ball around."

Los Angeles made it 3-1 in the fourth on Andre Ethier's sacrifice fly and Andy LaRoche's RBI single.

Loney's two-run homer in the fifth, off Juan Cruz, stretched the lead to 5-1.

The Dodgers added two more runs in eighth on Chin-Ling Hu's RBI single and a throwing error by shortstop Stephen Drew.

Notes

  • Beimel set a team record for lefties by appearing in his 81st game. The club mark is 106 appearances by RHP Mike Marshall in 1974.
  • Arizona went 50-31 at home this season, the third-most victories in team history. The Diamondbacks won 55 home games in 2002 and 52 in 1999, winning the division both years.
  • Arizona's regular-season finale drew 43,372. The Diamondbacks drew 2,325,233, their highest attendance since 2004.
 
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A chance to extend their lead in the West slips by the D-Backs as they lose to the weary Dodgers.  (AP)
A chance to extend their lead in the West slips by the D-Backs as they lose to the weary Dodgers. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

J. Pierre
AB 4
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 0
Los Angeles

J. Loney
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Juan Pierre, CF4140100 .294
Tony Abreu, 2B3111012 .271
    Wilson Valdez, 2B2000003 .228
Matt Kemp, RF5010013 .333
James Loney, 1B5232011 .331
Russell Martin, C4120122 .299
Andre Ethier, LF4011003 .289
Andy LaRoche, 3B3111101 .217
Chin-lung Hu, SS4111022 .286
Chad Billingsley, P3000032 .111
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
   a- Delwyn Young, PH1010000 .421
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
Totals387156310  
a-singled for Beimel in the 8th
Batting
HR - Tony Abreu (2, E. Gonzalez), James Loney (13, Cruz)
SF - Andre Ethier (8)
RBI - Tony Abreu (17), James Loney 2 (60), Andre Ethier (64), Andy LaRoche (8), Chin-lung Hu (2)
2-OUT RBI - James Loney 2 (14), Chin-lung Hu (1)
SB - Andy LaRoche (2, 2nd base off Wickman/Snyder)
CS - Juan Pierre (14, 2nd base by E. Gonzalez/Snyder), Russell Martin (9, 2nd base by Peguero/Snyder)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Abreu-Hu-Loney, Abreu-Hu-Loney
Los Angeles Dodgers
Chad Billingsley (W,12-5) 5.2511460 3.09
Joe Beimel (H,16) 1.1000000 3.95
Jonathan Broxton 1000020 2.93
Takashi Saito 1000010 1.47
HBP - Drew (by Takashi Saito)
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Billingsley 95-51, Joe Beimel 20-10, Jonathan Broxton 14-10, Takashi Saito 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Billingsley 7-2, Joe Beimel 2-2
Batters Faced - Chad Billingsley 24, Joe Beimel 4, Jonathan Broxton 3, Takashi Saito 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF4110011 .239
Jeff Salazar, RF3010120 .268
Eric Byrnes, LF3000113 .289
Tony Clark, 1B4010023 .249
Mark Reynolds, 3B2011210 .283
Chris Snyder, C4000016 .259
Stephen Drew, SS3000003 .229
Augie Ojeda, 2B4010001 .260
Edgar Gonzalez, P0000000 .150
    Juan Cruz, P0000000 .000
   a- Carlos Quentin, PH1000010 .211
    Dustin Nippert, P0000000 .000
    Bill Murphy, P0000000 .000
    Brandon Medders, P0000000 .000
   b- Jeff Cirillo, PH1000000 .257
    Jailen Peguero, P0000000 .000
    Bob Wickman, P0000000 .000
    Yusmeiro Petit, P0000000 .071
Totals2915149  
a-struck out for Cruz in the 5th
b-lined out for Medders in the 7th
Batting
SH - Edgar Gonzalez (3)
RBI - Mark Reynolds (62)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Reynolds (36)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Reynolds-Ojeda-Clark
E - Stephen Drew (17, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Edgar Gonzalez (L,8-3) 3.1833021 4.73
Juan Cruz 1.2122151 3.26
Dustin Nippert 1100020 5.57
Bill Murphy 0.1100000 5.79
Brandon Medders 0.2000000 4.45
Jailen Peguero 0.2011200 6.92
Bob Wickman 0.1310000 3.67
Yusmeiro Petit 1100010 5.12
WP - Edgar Gonzalez (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Edgar Gonzalez 59-40, Juan Cruz 34-23, Dustin Nippert 19-12, Bill Murphy 12-6, Brandon Medders 4-2, Jailen Peguero 18-7, Bob Wickman 10-6, Yusmeiro Petit 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edgar Gonzalez 3-3, Bob Wickman 1-0, Yusmeiro Petit 1-1
Batters Faced - Edgar Gonzalez 16, Juan Cruz 7, Dustin Nippert 4, Bill Murphy 2, Brandon Medders 2, Jailen Peguero 3, Bob Wickman 4, Yusmeiro Petit 4
Game Information
Attendance - 43372
Game Time - 3:21
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Ron Kulpa