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Billingsley, Dodgers eke out win to advance streak to seven

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SAN DIEGO -- The way Chad Billingsley and the bullpen pitched, the Los Angeles Dodgers got by with just two hits.

Russell Martin hit an RBI single in the sixth inning and the Dodgers beat the first-place San Diego Padres 1-0 on Sunday for a three-game sweep and their season-high seventh straight victory.

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Billingsley pitched into the eighth and combined with two relievers for a four-hitter. The Dodgers, playing their second game without hitting star Andre Ethier, won for the 12th time in 15 games.

"We got about everything we could today out of what offense we put together," manager Joe Torre said. "It was all about pitching."

Los Angeles' only other hit was a seventh-inning single by Ronnie Belliard.

After entering the weekend with a 3½-game lead, the Padres' margin atop the NL West is down to a half game over the San Francisco Giants, who come in for a two-game series starting Monday night. The Dodgers are two games back.

"This was a big series," Torre said. "It's a big win because we put a streak together ourselves where we've played good baseball and had good pitching. That's where we were fumbling around early on trying to get that good feel. Over the last 10 days, I guess, we've played a lot better."

The Dodgers went 6-0 on a swing through Arizona and San Diego, their first perfect road trip of more than three games since the final trip of 2006, when they were 6-0 at Colorado and San Francisco.

Billingsley (4-2) shut down the Padres over 7 1/3 innings, allowing just four singles, striking out six and walking one. Jonathan Broxton pitched a perfect ninth for his third save in the series and his seventh overall in nine chances.

"He was great," Torre said of Billingsley. "He was so comfortable to watch for me. He had a good tempo all game. He didn't try to rush himself."

Wade LeBlanc held the Dodgers hitless until Martin hit a line shot that zipped past both the left-hander's head and diving second baseman David Eckstein and into center field for a single with one out in the sixth. It scored Jamey Carroll, who drew a leadoff walk and was sacrificed by Billingsley.

Martin extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

"I was hoping it would hit me," LeBlanc said. "It wasn't close to my glove, but I was hoping it would hit me and land on the mound. I saw it off the bat. I was hoping some part of my body could get in the way of it."

Torre wanted to give Martin the day off after he caught Saturday night, but figured it would be tough to give Martin, Casey Blake and Manny Ramirez the day off without having Ethier in the lineup.

Ethier has a fractured top knuckle on his right pinkie, which will need to be immobilized. He headed back to Los Angeles on Sunday morning to be examined by a hand specialist. The Dodgers aren't sure how long he'll be out.

So while Blake and Ramirez sat, Martin played.

"I think he thinks I'm joking when I tell him I want to play," Martin said, referring to Torre. "The more I get in there, the better I feel at the plate, the better feel I have for the game. He just trusts me to let him know when I really do need a day off."

LeBlanc (2-1) allowed only two baserunners the first five innings, both on walks, and one of them was erased in a double play. He finished with one run and two hits in seven innings, four strikeouts and three walks.

"I blinked," LeBlanc said. "I was trying to keep up with Billingsley and trying to make the pitches that he was making and I blinked."

Notes
  • San Diego Chargers GM A.J. Smith sat in the fourth row behind home plate. His daughter, Andrea, is manager of Petco Park suites. Before the game, Smith met his counterpart with the Padres, Jed Hoyer.
  • Padres OF Scott Hairston sat out a day after tweaking a hamstring.
  • All three games of the series were sellouts. The total attendance of 126,819 was the sixth-highest total for a a weekend series in Petco Park's seven-year history.
 
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Jamey Carroll crosses the plate in the sixth inning to account for the only run of the game. (AP)
Jamey Carroll crosses the plate in the sixth inning to account for the only run of the game. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

W. LeBlanc
IP 7.0
H 2
ER 1
BB 3
K 4
Los Angeles

C. Billingsley
IP 7.1
H 4
ER 0
BB 1
K 6
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Russell Martin, C4011001 .264
Reed Johnson, RF4000011 .224
James Loney, 1B4000001 .311
Matt Kemp, CF2000120 .272
Ronnie Belliard, 3B3010011 .302
    Casey Blake, 3B0000000 .233
Garret Anderson, LF3000011 .136
Nick Green, 2B3000000 .000
Jamey Carroll, SS1100210 .293
Chad Billingsley, P1000000 .154
    Hong-Chih Kuo, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
Totals2512136  
Batting
SH - Chad Billingsley 2 (3)
RBI - Russell Martin (12)
CS - Ronnie Belliard (1, 2nd base by LeBlanc/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Carroll-Green-Loney, Green-Carroll-Loney
Los Angeles Dodgers
Chad Billingsley (W,4-2) 7.1400160 4.03
Hong-Chih Kuo (H,7) 0.2000000 2.45
Jonathan Broxton (S,7) 1000000 1.15
HBP - Eckstein (by Chad Billingsley)
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Billingsley 95-62, Hong-Chih Kuo 5-4, Jonathan Broxton 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Billingsley 9-5, Hong-Chih Kuo 1-1, Jonathan Broxton 1-2
Batters Faced - Chad Billingsley 26, Hong-Chih Kuo 2, Jonathan Broxton 3
San Diego Padres
Everth Cabrera, SS4000011 .200
David Eckstein, 2B3010000 .280
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4000012 .250
Chase Headley, 3B4000010 .293
Yorvit Torrealba, C3010000 .306
Will Venable, RF2010100 .220
Kyle Blanks, LF3000023 .162
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF3000002 .202
Wade LeBlanc, P2010010 .500
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
   a- Matt Stairs, PH0000000 .167
   b- Oscar Salazar, PH1000000 .184
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
Totals2904016  
a-announced for Adams in the 8th
b-popped out for Stairs in the 8th
Fielding
DP - Eckstein-Gonzalez
San Diego Padres
Wade LeBlanc (L,2-1) 7211340 1.54
Mike Adams 1000010 3.18
Luke Gregerson 1000010 2.18
Pitches-Strikes - Wade LeBlanc 99-59, Mike Adams 12-10, Luke Gregerson 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade LeBlanc 7-8, Mike Adams 1-1, Luke Gregerson 1-1
Batters Faced - Wade LeBlanc 24, Mike Adams 3, Luke Gregerson 3
Game Information
Attendance - 42327
Game Time - 2:18
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Mike Reilly, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Bill Miller