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Sands' slam helps Dodgers end 3-game skid

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HOUSTON -- With eight players on the disabled list the Los Angeles Dodgers have needed some of their young talent to step up.

On Tuesday night the rookies came through.

Rookie Jerry Sands hit a grand slam in the third inning and Jay Gibbons also homered as the Los Angeles Dodgers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-4 win over the Houston Astros. Two rookie relievers shut down Houston in the last two innings to secure the victory.

"It feels good to get kids being a part of it," manager Don Mattingly said. "We've had to call them up out of necessity with injuries and things that have happened and you don't really want it for that reason. But one of the benefits is that these guys get a shot probably earlier than they would in another case and that experience can be valuable for them."

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Houston starter J.A. Happ (3-6) walked Jamey Carroll with two outs in the third inning before a single by James Loney. Matt Kemp reached on an error by second baseman Bill Hall to set up Sands' slam to left-center.

"That was real tough," Hall said of the error. "On the second hop it kind of took off and if I'd tried to step back and catch it from the side and missed it they score a run. I did my best to keep it in front of me."

The home run by Gibbons to right field in the second inning put Los Angeles up 1-0.

Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley (3-4) yielded five hits and four runs with nine strikeouts to get his first win this month.

Carlos Lee drove in two runs in Houston's three-run third inning.

Rubby De La Rosa, who was called up from Double-A Chattanooga on Tuesday, pitched a 1-2/3 eighth inning for the Dodgers in his major league debut. Javy Guerra, who was called up May 15, pitched a perfect ninth for his first major league save.

"Rubby threw the ball really well [with] a lot of confidence and went right after guys," Mattingly said. "Then Javy's got great stuff. That's basically what he was doing before he came up -- closing. We've see a lot of confidence in his stuff, it's electric."

Billingsley pitched a perfect fourth and fifth before Hunter Pence doubled to start Houston's sixth inning. He walked Lee and Brett Wallace to load the bases. Chris Johnson's sacrifice fly to center scored Pence and cut the lead to 5-4. Billingsley was able to limit the damage by retiring the next two Astros to end the inning.

"I was just trying to get ahead and (Pence) jumped on it for that double in the gap and then walking the next two guys, I just really had to bear down," Billingsley said of escaping the inning with the lead.

Michael Bourn walked with two outs in the third inning for Houston. Clint Barmes singled before Pence followed with a double to right field that scored Bourn to make it 5-1.

Lee drove in two with a single to center to get the Astros within 5-3 before Wallace struck out to end the inning.

Happ allowed three hits and five runs -- one earned - in five innings.

"Happ had that third inning that elevated his pitch count and got it up to 93 or 94," Houston manager Brad Mills said of why he pulled Happ after five innings. "All five of their runs came with two outs and no one on and then we gave them that extra out. That always hurts."

The grand slam by Sands was the first by the Dodgers this season and the second home run of his career after he was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque on April 18.

He has 16 RBIs since joining the team.

"Getting a few hits here and there and a couple of home runs here and there definitely help your feet settle down in the box a little bit," he said. "It's all about confidence up there."

Happ retired the next seven batters after the grand slam.

Loney extended his hitting streak to a season-best 10 games with his single in the third inning.

Notes

  • Dodgers OF Andre Ethier was out of the lineup for the second straight game after being taken out of Sunday's game after running into the outfield wall. Mattingly said he's OK, but there were a couple of reasons why he decided to give him another day off. "With the lefty tonight, it would probably be an easy chance to give him another day," Mattingly said. "I need him to be able to go 100 percent. Last year he got banged up and he was hobbling around the whole time out there the whole second half of the year. I just don't want to see that."
  • Houston OF/IF Jason Bourgeois, on the DL with an oblique strain, felt good Tuesday, a day after taking swings for the first time since his injury. He hopes to take batting practice by the end of the week.
 
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Jerry Sands celebrates his third-inning grand slam that helps power the Dodgers over the Astros. (AP)
Jerry Sands celebrates his third-inning grand slam that helps power the Dodgers over the Astros. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

J. Sands
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
Houston

H. Pence
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rafael Furcal, SS5000014 .150
Jamey Carroll, 2B3100110 .311
James Loney, 1B3110110 .242
Matt Kemp, CF4100021 .308
Jerry Sands, RF4114020 .239
Dioner Navarro, C4010000 .147
Jay Gibbons, LF3111020 .216
    Tony Gwynn Jr., LF1000001 .197
Aaron Miles, 3B4010000 .284
Chad Billingsley, P2000020 .222
   a- Russ Mitchell, PH1010000 .115
    Mike MacDougal, P0000000 .000
    Rubby De La Rosa, P0000000 .000
   b- Andre Ethier, PH0000100 .311
    Javy Guerra, P0000000 .000
Totals34565311  
a-doubled for Billingsley in the 7th
b-was walked intentionally for De La Rosa in the 9th
Batting
2B - Russ Mitchell (1, Del Rosario)
HR - Jerry Sands (2, Happ), Jay Gibbons (1, Happ)
RBI - Jerry Sands 4 (16), Jay Gibbons (4)
2-OUT RBI - Jerry Sands 4 (12), Jay Gibbons (1)
Team LOB - 5
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chad Billingsley (W,3-4) 6544390 3.69
Mike MacDougal (H,3) 1000020 1.59
Rubby De La Rosa (H,1) 1000020 0.00
Javy Guerra (S,1) 1000010 3.60
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Billingsley 100-68, Mike MacDougal 10-9, Rubby De La Rosa 13-8, Javy Guerra 8-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Billingsley 3-6, Mike MacDougal 1-0, Rubby De La Rosa 1-0
Batters Faced - Chad Billingsley 26, Mike MacDougal 3, Rubby De La Rosa 3, Javy Guerra 3
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF3100120 .266
Clint Barmes, SS4110020 .218
Hunter Pence, RF4221020 .302
Carlos Lee, LF3012100 .242
Brett Wallace, 1B3010121 .316
Chris Johnson, 3B3001011 .216
Bill Hall, 2B4000033 .237
Humberto Quintero, C3000012 .245
   a- Angel Sanchez, PH1000000 .268
J.A. Happ, P1000010 .375
   b- Matt Downs, PH1000000 .259
    Enerio Del Rosario, P0000000 .000
   c- Brian Bogusevic, PH1000000 .222
    Sergio Escalona, P0000000 .000
    Wilton Lopez, P0000000 .000
Totals31454314  
a-flied out for Quintero in the 9th
b-grounded out for Happ in the 5th
c-grounded out for Del Rosario in the 7th
Batting
2B - Hunter Pence 2 (15, Billingsley, Billingsley), Brett Wallace (13, Billingsley)
SF - Chris Johnson (2)
RBI - Hunter Pence (37), Carlos Lee 2 (25), Chris Johnson (23)
2-OUT RBI - Hunter Pence (11), Carlos Lee 2 (11)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Bill Hall (3, Misplayed grounder)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
J.A. Happ (L,3-6) 5351242 4.99
Enerio Del Rosario 2100020 3.60
Sergio Escalona 0.2000020 2.45
Wilton Lopez 1.1200130 2.55
IBB - Ethier by Wilton Lopez
Pitches-Strikes - J.A. Happ 93-58, Enerio Del Rosario 25-16, Sergio Escalona 10-7, Wilton Lopez 29-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J.A. Happ 5-7, Enerio Del Rosario 3-1, Wilton Lopez 1-0
Batters Faced - J.A. Happ 21, Enerio Del Rosario 7, Sergio Escalona 2, Wilton Lopez 7
Game Information
Attendance - 28713
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Mike Estabrook, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Bill Welke