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Dodgers batter Marlins bullpen, give Billingsley first victory

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MIAMI -- Working out on the carpet in the Los Angeles Dodgers' clubhouse, first baseman James Loney observed the postgame throng around Chad Billingsley.

"What did he do?" Loney asked, feigning bewilderment.

"I got my first win of the year," Billingsley answered with a mixture of pride and relief.

The right-hander struck out eight in seven innings to help the Dodgers extend their winning streak to five games Wednesday by beating the Florida Marlins 13-1.

Rafael Furcal had a career-high five hits, Russell Martin homered, and Loney and Blake DeWitt each hit a bases-loaded triple. But it was the breakthrough by Billingsley (1-4) that made the victory especially sweet for the Dodgers.

"Any pitcher wants to get that first win and get it out of the way and relax," pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said. "That's definitely what he's capable of start after start."

Billingsley allowed three hits and one run to lower his ERA from 6.53 to 5.20. He increased his strikeout total to 40 in 27 2/3 innings, a ratio that suggests he has the stuff to dominate hitters.

"He threw the ball well the whole game," catcher Martin said. "His cutter was outstanding, and his fastball was painting the outside. It seems like everything is coming together for him."

Furcal went 5-for-6 with a double, giving him 17 extra-base hits, the most by a Dodger at the end of April since the team moved to Los Angeles in 1958. Furcal's batting average rose to .381.

"He's a motivator for everybody in the clubhouse, and then he goes out and puts his money where his mouth is," manager Joe Torre said.

Scott Olsen (3-1) allowed seven hits and four runs in five innings, and the NL East-leading Marlins lost for the first time in his six starts.

"My delivery was getting a little quick," Olsen said. "I wasn't staying back, and I let balls be up in the zone that they were able to handle pretty well. They put good contact on a lot of pitches."

Torre used the same lineup for the second successive game, which made it 25 lineups in 27 games, and again it clicked. The Dodgers had 15 hits to give them 29 in the past two games.

Billingsley was grateful for the offensive support.

"It's big when we scored some runs early," he said. "It allowed me to relax a little bit and focus on pounding the zone with fastballs and getting ahead of the hitters."

Matt Kemp had three hits and three RBI in Los Angeles' most lopsided victory this year.

"Everybody is having good at-bats," Martin said. "We're being patient when we need to and putting good swings on the ball. It feels like we're starting to come together."

The winning streak is the Dodgers' longest since running off five in a row July 8-16 last year.

Martin's leadoff home run in the second inning put them ahead 1-0, and they scored two runs in the third. Olsen walked Billingsley, and Furcal singled. Both runners advanced on a sacrifice and came home on Kemp's single.

Kemp hit a two-out double in the fifth and scored on Jeff Kent's single.

Florida made it 4-1 in the fifth on Jeremy Hermida's RBI infield single, but Billingsley struck out Jorge Cantu with the bases loaded to end the inning.

Loney cleared the bases with a triple off Taylor Tankersley in the seventh, then scored on DeWitt's single to put the Dodgers up 8-1.

DeWitt had an RBI single in the seventh and a three-run triple in the eighth. The Dodgers batted around in both innings.

"We haven't played one of those in a long time," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "That's the way it goes. This game is a beautiful game. You come back tomorrow -- you don't have to wait a week or three days to take it up again."

Notes

  • Marlins RHP Matt Lindstrom failed to retire any of the three batters he faced, then left the game with a tight lower back. He'll be examined Thursday.
  • Florida 1B Mike Jacobs (finger) and LF Josh Willingham (back) are expected to return to the lineup Thursday, manager Fredi Gonzalez said. Jacobs received a cortisone shot Wednesday.
  • Dodgers RHP Jonathan Broxton (side) played catch before the game but was unavailable for the second successive game.
  • Andruw Jones fell to 1-for-19 (.053) against Olsen by going 0-for-2.
  • With the retirement of the Miami Heat's Pat Riley, Gonzalez has the most seniority of any manager or head coach among South Florida's pro teams. "I hope I can catch Don Shula," he said.
 
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Rafael Furcal raps a career-high five hits and shows some nifty sliding skills, too.  (US Presswire)
Rafael Furcal raps a career-high five hits and shows some nifty sliding skills, too. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

M. Kemp
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
Los Angeles

B. Dewitt
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 4
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS6350010 .381
Andre Ethier, LF4110002 .315
   a- Delwyn Young, PH-LF0000100 .385
Matt Kemp, RF5233101 .318
Jeff Kent, 2B4011004 .291
   b- Chin-lung Hu, PH-2B2100001 .240
Russell Martin, C-3B2321300 .292
James Loney, 1B5113006 .283
Andruw Jones, CF3100200 .159
Blake Dewitt, 3B5024000 .279
    Hong-Chih Kuo, P0000000 .667
Chad Billingsley, P3100122 .125
   c- Gary Bennett, PH-C1000001 .125
Totals4013151283  
a-walked for Ethier in the 9th
b-grounded out for Kent in the 8th
c-grounded out for Billingsley in the 8th
Batting
2B - Rafael Furcal (12, Kensing), Matt Kemp (5, Olsen)
3B - James Loney (1, Tankersley), Blake Dewitt (2, Miller)
HR - Russell Martin (3, Olsen)
SH - Andre Ethier (1)
RBI - Matt Kemp 3 (16), Jeff Kent (16), Russell Martin (11), James Loney 3 (19), Blake Dewitt 4 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Kent (9), James Loney 3 (6), Blake Dewitt 4 (11)
SB - Rafael Furcal (7, 3rd base off Kensing/Rabelo), Matt Kemp 2 (4, 2nd base off Olsen/Rabelo, 2nd base off Kensing/Rabelo)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Furcal-Loney
Los Angeles Dodgers
Chad Billingsley (W,1-4) 7311480 5.20
Hong-Chih Kuo 2200140 3.18
HBP - Amezaga (by Chad Billingsley)
WP - Chad Billingsley 2 (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Billingsley 107-64, Hong-Chih Kuo 38-23
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Billingsley 7-5
Batters Faced - Chad Billingsley 28, Hong-Chih Kuo 9
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS4000113 .324
Dan Uggla, 2B4000023 .255
Jeremy Hermida, RF3021110 .286
Jorge Cantu, 3B4000015 .296
Luis Gonzalez, LF4010011 .224
Mike Rabelo, C4010021 .255
Wes Helms, 1B3010111 .226
Alfredo Amezaga, CF3100013 .234
Scott Olsen, P1000112 .083
    Logan Kensing, P0000000 .000
    Taylor Tankersley, P0000000 .000
   a- Cody Ross, PH0000100 .146
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
    Justin Miller, P0000000 .000
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
   b- Robert Andino, PH1000012 .222
Totals31151512  
a-walked for Tankersley in the 7th
b-struck out for Pinto in the 9th
Batting
3B - Jeremy Hermida (1, Kuo)
RBI - Jeremy Hermida (13)
2-OUT RBI - Jeremy Hermida (7)
SB - Luis Gonzalez (1, 2nd base off Billingsley/Martin)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jeremy Hermida 1
DP - Uggla-H. Ramirez
E - Scott Olsen (1, Throwing), Dan Uggla (5, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
Scott Olsen (L,3-1) 5744221 2.70
Logan Kensing 1.2133200 3.00
Taylor Tankersley 0.1211110 7.88
Matt Lindstrom 0.1322000 4.82
Justin Miller 0.2130200 2.40
Renyel Pinto 1100100 0.96
IBB - Martin by Scott Olsen, Martin by Logan Kensing
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Olsen 104-59, Logan Kensing 21-10, Taylor Tankersley 14-9, Matt Lindstrom 9-6, Justin Miller 26-12, Renyel Pinto 18-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Olsen 5-8, Logan Kensing 2-3, Justin Miller 2-1, Renyel Pinto 1-1
Batters Faced - Scott Olsen 24, Logan Kensing 8, Taylor Tankersley 4, Matt Lindstrom 3, Justin Miller 6, Renyel Pinto 4
Game Information
Attendance - 10792
Game Time - 3:12
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Ted Barrett