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Dodgers lose after holding D-Backs to just one hit

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LOS ANGELES -- The Arizona Diamondbacks won a game despite getting one hit. They scored the only run they needed thanks to a pickoff throw to an uncovered base.

They also needed a game-ending double play to lock down their bizarre, 1-0 win over the Dodgers on Saturday night.

"This game sometimes is crazy," said Stephen Drew, whose leadoff double in the second inning was Arizona's only hit. "It's a big win for us. The past five days have been kind of frustrating, losing by one each time."

Chad Billingsley (2-3) tried to pick off Drew at second base, but shortstop Jamey Carroll failed to cover the bag with the lefty-swinging Miguel Montero at the plate, and the ball rolled into center field as Drew barely beat Matt Kemp's throw to third.

"I saw Billingsley turn around and then saw the ball coming, so I'm just sliding back. Then I looked up, and nobody's there," Drew said. "I never thought that would be our only hit, but it worked out well for us."

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Montero walked and Melvin Mora followed with a sacrifice fly, which began a string of 16 consecutive batters retired by Billingsley -- none of whom hit a ball out of the infield. But Carroll's mistake ended up costing the hard-luck right-hander.

"Miscommunication. It was my fault," Carroll said. "Obviously, I was supposed to cover. He threw it and nobody was there."

Josh Collmenter pitched two-hit ball over six innings, getting the win in his first major league start.

Collmenter (2-0) struck out three, walked none and retired his final 11 batters after giving up Billingsley's one-out double in the third.

"I was able to locate my fastball. That's been the big thing since I got up here," Collmenter said. "I didn't want to leave pitches out over the plate. Coming from such a unique arm angle, it's a lot different view for the hitter. So the more uncomfortable in the box that I could make them, the better for me."

James Loney's two-out single in the second was the only other hit off Collmenter, who made his first seven big league appearances in relief after his promotion on April 15. All but two of his 94 appearances in the minors were as a starter.

The 25-year-old right-hander replaced right-hander Barry Enright in the rotation after he was demoted to Triple-A Reno on May 5.

"Coming up through the minors as a starter, I always dreamed of being a starter in the big leagues. So I was excited to get this opportunity and I wanted to make the most of it when I got out there," Collmenter said. "I was wondering when fatigue would set in, and I definitely started to feel a little in the sixth inning and I was laboring."

Billingsley struck out eight and walked two. It was the fourth time in nine starts that the 26-year-old right-hander pitched at least seven innings, but he is 0-2 in those outings.

"It's tough to lose that one," manager Don Mattingly said. "They pitched well, we pitched well. We got to be able to score. [Collmenter] got ahead in the count all day. It's always dangerous when you get a guy you haven't seen. He's got a good change-up. His delivery is a little different."

Aaron Heilman pitched a perfect seventh inning and David Hernandez worked a scoreless eighth, retiring pinch-hitters Dioner Navarro and Jay Gibbons with a potential tying run at third after giving up a leadoff double by Loney.

J.J. Putz got three outs for his eighth straight save, getting Kemp to ground to shortstop for the game-ending double play with runners at first and second.

"It's been a while since I've faced him, so I just kind of went with what I felt was my best pitch right now -- a two-seam fastball inside, and I was hoping he would be aggressive," Putz said. "I was just hoping to get a ground ball. It just got in enough and he pounded it on the ground. Stephen made a really smooth transition over to Kelly (Johnson), and that was it."

Arizona's relievers have been charged with just one earned run over 33 innings during the team's first 11 games this month.

Notes

  • This was the first time the Dodgers lost when allowing one hit since July 17, 1914, against the Chicago Cubs.
  • On June 28, 2008, the Dodgers beat the Angels and Jered Weaver 1-0 at Chavez Ravine without getting a single hit.
  • Switch-hitting SS Rafael Furcal, who hasn't played for the Dodgers since he broke his left thumb on a headfirst steal of third base on April 11 at San Francisco, began a rehab assignment Saturday with Triple-A Albuquerque. He will be batting only left-handed for now.
  • The victory was the Diamondbacks' 100th against the Dodgers. They've lost 124.
  • Diamondbacks 1B Russell Branyan was 0 for 3 and is hitless in his last 20 at-bats.
  • Arizona 3B Ryan Roberts missed his second straight game because of flulike symptoms.
 
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Chad Billingsley allows only one hit through eight innings but a botched pick-off throw costs him the win.  (Getty Images)
Chad Billingsley allows only one hit through eight innings but a botched pick-off throw costs him the win. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Arizona

J. Collmenter
IP 6.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 0
K 3
Los Angeles

C. Billingsley
IP 8.0
H 1
ER 0
BB 2
K 8
 

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Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Young, CF4000010 .223
Kelly Johnson, 2B4000030 .184
Justin Upton, RF4000000 .247
Stephen Drew, SS2110100 .276
Miguel Montero, C2000111 .263
Melvin Mora, 3B2001001 .269
Russell Branyan, 1B3000011 .203
Gerardo Parra, LF3000021 .257
Josh Collmenter, P2000010 .000
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
   a- Juan Miranda, PH1000010 .206
    David Hernandez, P0000000 .000
    J.J. Putz, P0000000 .000
Totals27111210  
a-struck out for Heilman in the 8th
Batting
2B - Stephen Drew (9, Billingsley)
SF - Melvin Mora (3)
RBI - Melvin Mora (10)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Drew-Johnson-Branyan
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Josh Collmenter (W,2-0) 6200030 0.90
Aaron Heilman (H,1) 1000020 7.59
David Hernandez (H,4) 1100010 2.04
J.J. Putz (S,8) 1100110 2.57
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Collmenter 71-54, Aaron Heilman 11-7, David Hernandez 16-13, J.J. Putz 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Collmenter 6-9, Aaron Heilman 1-0, David Hernandez 1-1, J.J. Putz 1-0
Batters Faced - Josh Collmenter 20, Aaron Heilman 3, David Hernandez 4, J.J. Putz 4
Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jamey Carroll, SS4010001 .314
Aaron Miles, 2B4000012 .275
Andre Ethier, RF3000110 .355
Matt Kemp, CF4000001 .336
Juan Uribe, 3B3000010 .200
James Loney, 1B3020000 .229
    Tony Gwynn Jr., PR-LF0000000 .231
Rod Barajas, C2000011 .235
Jerry Sands, LF2000010 .200
   a- Dioner Navarro, PH1000011 .231
    Russ Mitchell, 1B0000000 .000
Chad Billingsley, P2010010 .267
   b- Jay Gibbons, PH1000001 .091
    Kenley Jansen, P0000000 .000
Totals2904017  
a-struck out for Sands in the 8th
b-flied out for Billingsley in the 8th
Batting
2B - James Loney (2, Hernandez), Chad Billingsley (2, Collmenter)
SH - Rod Barajas (1)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Chad Billingsley (1, Throwing)
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chad Billingsley (L,2-3) 8110280 3.36
Kenley Jansen 1000020 6.19
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Billingsley 119-79, Kenley Jansen 15-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Billingsley 10-6
Batters Faced - Chad Billingsley 27, Kenley Jansen 3
Game Information
Attendance - 30602
Game Time - 2:32
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Manny Gonzalez, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Ted Barrett