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Dodgers 4, Reds 1

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LOS ANGELES -- The luck of the draw has a lot to do with the way baseball games -- and home run streaks -- turn out. Adam Dunn had connected in a franchise record-tying five consecutive games for the Cincinnati Reds before facing Chad Billingsley, who hasn't served up a home run in almost a month.

Billingsley pitched seven scoreless innings and singled home a run, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-1 victory on Tuesday night and sending the Reds to their eighth consecutive loss at Chavez Ravine.

"Dunn's been swinging the bat very well, so I really didn't want him to give him too much to hit," Billingsley said. "I really wanted to stay down and away with him and keep him off-balance by mixing it in and out. That's how you approach some guys when they're swinging well. You've got to move the ball around and not stay consistently in one area."

Dunn remained tied with Ken Griffey Jr., Ted Kluszewski and Johnny Bench for the Reds' franchise record. The 6-foot-6 left fielder struck out twice and walked in his three plate appearances against Billingsley, who hasn't allowed a home run in 36 innings spanning his past six starts.

Dunn's RBI streak also ended at eight games, three shy of the club record set by Joe Morgan in 1976.

"Billingsley made some great pitches, but I felt like I got some pitches to hit," Dunn said. "I think the home run streak was definitely more important to other people, but a couple of those home runs actually helped win ballgames. And that's really all I care about, to be honest."

Billingsley (4-5) won for the fourth time in five starts, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out seven. The right-hander has given up seven earned runs in 32 innings during that stretch, taking a two-hit shutout into the eighth inning of his previous start last Thursday at Milwaukee.

Dodgers manager Joe Torre liked what he saw, something that has been a common refrain lately.

"The key was the command of his pitches," Torre said. "His pitch count was pretty good early. He was getting his breaking ball over and getting ahead in the count. He seems to have a pretty good rhythm going right now. With that comes confidence, and that's what I saw from him tonight."

Jonathan Broxton pitched a perfect eighth inning and Joe Beimel gave up a two-out RBI single in the ninth before Takashi Saito nailed it down for his seventh save in nine chances.

Matt Belisle (1-4) pitched for the first time in 10 days, allowing three runs and seven hits over six-plus innings with three strikeouts and no walks. The right-hander was skipped one turn in the rotation after his scheduled start last Thursday against the Florida Marlins was postponed.

"I've seen him with a better sinker than he had tonight, but what he did was work the outer corner," Dodgers second baseman Jeff Kent said.

Belisle limited the Dodgers to four hits over the first five innings, but all of them came during a two-run second that included Billingsley's RBI single. Kent led off the inning with a single and scored the first run on a fielder's choice grounder by Matt Kemp. Two more possible runs that inning were choked off on force plays at the plate.

The Dodgers added two more in the seventh, however. Chin-lung Hu chased Belisle with a leadoff single and scored on Juan Pierre's RBI single off Bill Bray. Pierre scored from third as Russell Martin beat the relay from second baseman Brandon Phillips on a potential inning-ending double-play grounder to shortstop.

Griffey, still three home runs away from 600, was 1-for-3 with a walk, extending his homerless drought to 86 at-bats. His longest was 101 at-bats in 1990 with Seattle, his second season in the big leagues.

Kemp started in center for the second successive game in place of Andruw Jones, who has a slight cartilage tear in his right knee. Jones, will rest it for another two days, including Los Angeles' day off Thursday, before the Dodgers decide on Friday whether to let him play through the injury or put him on the disabled list.

Notes

The Reds, who have lost 13 of the previous 16 meetings with the Dodgers, haven't won in Los Angeles since July 28, 2005, when Jason LaRue drove in five runs with a pair of home runs in a 6-1 victory. ... Griffey, who won 10 Gold Gloves as a center fielder and is now the Reds' right fielder, robbed Kent of a hit in the third inning with a diving backhanded catch while going toward the foul line.

 
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Players of the Game
Cincinnati

M. Belisle
IP 6.0
H 7
ER 3
BB 0
K 3
Los Angeles

C. Billingsley
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 2
K 7
 

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Cincinnati Reds
Corey Patterson, CF4010011 .227
Paul Janish, SS4000002 .444
Ken Griffey Jr., RF3010100 .252
Brandon Phillips, 2B4000022 .301
Adam Dunn, LF3110120 .234
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4011011 .248
Joey Votto, 1B3000011 .265
    Jared Burton, P0000000 .000
    Josh Fogg, P0000000 .143
   a- Ryan Freel, PH1000011 .317
David Ross, C3020001 .296
Matt Belisle, P2000002 .143
    Bill Bray, P0000000 .000
    Scott Hatteberg, 1B1000000 .188
Totals3216128  
a-struck out for Fogg in the 9th
Batting
RBI - Edwin Encarnacion (20)
2-OUT RBI - Edwin Encarnacion (3)
SB - Corey Patterson (8, 2nd base off Billingsley/Martin)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - David Ross (1, Missed catch of throw)
Cincinnati Reds
Matt Belisle (L,1-4) 6733030 6.75
Bill Bray 0.1211000 4.70
Jared Burton 0.2000000 3.86
Josh Fogg 1000000 8.87
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Belisle 85-67, Bill Bray 6-6, Josh Fogg 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Belisle 12-4, Bill Bray 1-0, Jared Burton 2-0
Batters Faced - Matt Belisle 26, Bill Bray 3, Jared Burton 2, Josh Fogg 3
Los Angeles Dodgers
Juan Pierre, LF4111003 .285
Andre Ethier, RF4010003 .290
Russell Martin, C4001010 .312
Jeff Kent, 2B4110001 .241
    Luis Maza, 2B0000000 .455
James Loney, 1B4020000 .292
Matt Kemp, CF4111000 .318
Blake Dewitt, 3B4010002 .319
Chin-lung Hu, SS3110013 .179
Chad Billingsley, P2011010 .125
   a- Delwyn Young, PH0000000 .280
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
Totals3349403  
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Billingsley in the 7th
Batting
SH - Delwyn Young (3)
RBI - Juan Pierre (16), Russell Martin (18), Matt Kemp (28), Chad Billingsley (1)
SB - Juan Pierre (18, 2nd base off Bray/Ross)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Kent-Hu-Loney
Los Angeles Dodgers
Chad Billingsley (W,4-5) 7400270 3.76
Jonathan Broxton 1000000 4.74
Joe Beimel 0.2211000 1.17
Takashi Saito (S,7) 0.1000010 1.93
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Billingsley 103-66, Jonathan Broxton 9-6, Joe Beimel 11-10, Takashi Saito 6-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Billingsley 5-8, Jonathan Broxton 1-2, Joe Beimel 1-1
Batters Faced - Chad Billingsley 26, Jonathan Broxton 3, Joe Beimel 4, Takashi Saito 1
Game Information
Attendance - 34306
Game Time - 2:31
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Jerry Crawford, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Paul Nauert