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Dodgers 9, Cubs 7

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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers are surging at just the right time heading into the All-Star break.

Russell Martin hit a three-run homer, All-Star Andre Ethier had a pair of RBI singles and Casey Blake drove in two runs, helping Los Angeles beat the Chicago Cubs 9-7 Friday.

With NL West-leading San Diego losing at Colorado, Los Angeles and the Rockies are tied for second place, two games behind the Padres.

"We want to play this last week like we have something to prove," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said.

The Dodgers have won eight of 11, and they finally broke out some offense against the Cubs, who have lost the first two games of this series. Neither team had scored more than three runs in any of the previous four games between them at Dodger Stadium.

"The difference in this ballgame was that we had ample opportunities early, we didn't take advantage of it, and they took full advantage of theirs," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "We battled back to make it a ballgame, but we fell short. It's a big difference, scoring runs early and not scoring runs early. They did it, we didn't."

Chad Billingsley (7-4) won his third in a row, allowing four runs and seven hits in seven-plus innings. He struck out nine and walked four, then watched as the bullpen gave up four runs in the final two innings.

"I was able to have some quick innings in the middle of the game," Billingsley said. "Guys swung the bats good. It was nice pitching with a lead."

Ted Lilly (3-8) gave up seven runs -- five earned -- and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings, his shortest outing of the season. The left-hander struck out one, tying a season low, and walked two in losing his second straight start.

"I feel healthy, just not happy. The only thing that doesn't feel good is the way the ball's coming out of my hand the last couple of starts. Mechanically, I've got to get on top of the ball a little bit better," Lilly said.

"When you go out and pitch like that, you don't give the club a whole lot to work with and you put them in a real tough position. We scored seven runs, so you look at it and you think, if I could have done a few things differently and held it together a little bit more, maybe we're still playing right now."

The Dodgers took a 3-1 lead in the second on Martin's 15th homer, his first since May 11, a span of 46 games. It also scored James Loney, who had singled, and Blake, who walked. Loney went 2 for 3 with a double and his team-leading 59th RBI.

"James is just a hitting machine," Torre said.

Martin wasn't happy, though, having failed to block a wild pitch by Billingsley in the fifth.

"It was a brutal game," he said. "Did you see my blocking?"

Chicago pulled to 3-2 in the third on All-Star Marlon Byrd's RBI single -- the third straight two-out hit given up by Billingsley. He walked Tyler Colvin before striking out Mike Fontenot to end the inning with minimal damage.

Byrd had a season-high four hits and three RBI in five at-bats to go with his 3-for-4 performance in the series opener. Aramis Ramirez had three hits in four at-bats, with a double and a triple.

The Dodgers added three more runs in the third on an RBI single by Ethier, Matt Kemp's RBI double and Blake's sacrifice fly that made it 6-2.

Ethier had a two-out RBI single in the fourth to chase Lilly. Blake added an RBI double in the fifth off Mitch Atkins, extending the lead to 8-3.

Loney's RBI double off Bob Howry with two outs in the sixth made it 9-3.

Chicago got a bases-loaded groundout by Fontenot in the second and Byrd's RBI groundout in the fifth.

Notes

Piniella said RHP Carlos Silva is questionable to make his scheduled start Sunday. Silva threw a "so-so" session Friday, Piniella said, adding that he expects the pitcher to be fine after the All-Star break. Silva injured his upper right calf at Arizona on Tuesday. ... The Cubs gave SS Starlin Castro and C Geovany Soto the night off before Saturday's day game. LF Alfonso Soriano struck out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth after the Cubs scored two runs to close the gap to 9-5. ... Dodgers LF Manny Ramirez and C Brad Ausmus will be at Class-A Inland Empire on Saturday for rehab assignments. ... Dodgers fans cheered "Mr. Cub" Ernie Banks, who smiled and waved in response.

 
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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

A. Ethier
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Chicago

M. Byrd
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Chicago Cubs
Kosuke Fukudome, RF5110021 .258
Ryan Theriot, 2B-SS5010010 .277
Derrek Lee, 1B4210112 .230
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4231110 .204
Marlon Byrd, CF5143000 .319
Tyler Colvin, LF3110222 .270
Mike Fontenot, SS3001013 .294
   a- Jeff Baker, PH-2B1000012 .235
Koyie Hill, C3001012 .213
Ted Lilly, P2000022 .000
    Mitch Atkins, P0000000 .000
   b- Xavier Nady, PH1000000 .231
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
   c- Alfonso Soriano, PH1000010 .275
    Justin Berg, P0000000 .000
Totals377116413  
a-struck out for Fontenot in the 8th
b-flied out for Atkins in the 6th
c-struck out for Howry in the 8th
Batting
2B - Aramis Ramirez (9, Billingsley), Tyler Colvin (10, Sherrill)
3B - Aramis Ramirez (1, Broxton)
SF - Koyie Hill (1)
RBI - Aramis Ramirez (31), Marlon Byrd 3 (40), Mike Fontenot (18), Koyie Hill (8)
2-OUT RBI - Aramis Ramirez (11), Marlon Byrd 2 (19)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Ted Lilly (2, Throwing)
Chicago Cubs
Ted Lilly (L,3-8) 3.2775211 4.08
Mitch Atkins 1.1111110 6.75
Bob Howry 2311010 6.14
Justin Berg 1000000 5.40
Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 73-45, Mitch Atkins 24-12, Bob Howry 30-21, Justin Berg 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 3-8, Bob Howry 4-1, Justin Berg 3-0
Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 21, Mitch Atkins 6, Bob Howry 9, Justin Berg 3
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS5110011 .336
Jamey Carroll, 2B3210100 .290
Andre Ethier, RF5132000 .322
Matt Kemp, CF4011014 .264
James Loney, 1B3221102 .310
Casey Blake, 3B2112102 .256
Russell Martin, C4113012 .247
Xavier Paul, LF4110001 .244
Chad Billingsley, P3000001 .161
    George Sherrill, P0000000 .000
    Justin Miller, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
Totals33911933  
Batting
2B - Rafael Furcal (15, Lilly), Matt Kemp (17, Lilly), James Loney (25, Howry), Casey Blake (17, Atkins)
HR - Russell Martin (5, Lilly)
SF - Casey Blake (2)
SH - Jamey Carroll (4), Chad Billingsley (5)
RBI - Andre Ethier 2 (52), Matt Kemp (50), James Loney (59), Casey Blake 2 (36), Russell Martin 3 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Andre Ethier (8), James Loney (27)
SB - Matt Kemp (15, 3rd base off Lilly/Hill)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Furcal-Loney
E - Andre Ethier (1, Dropped fly)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Chad Billingsley (W,7-4) 7744490 4.14
George Sherrill0111000 7.32
Justin Miller 1111020 4.57
Jonathan Broxton 1211020 2.11
WP - Chad Billingsley (3), Justin Miller (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Billingsley 120-73, George Sherrill 1-1, Justin Miller 22-12, Jonathan Broxton 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Billingsley 9-3, Jonathan Broxton 1-0
Batters Faced - Chad Billingsley 32, George Sherrill 1, Justin Miller 4, Jonathan Broxton 5
Game Information
Attendance - 43790
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Brian Runge