Los Angeles at San Francisco

L.A. Dodgers
W: C. Billingsley (6-9) L: B. Zito (8-7)
HR: LAD - M. Kemp (15),A. Ellis (8)   SF - None

Kemp HRs, four RBI as Dodgers cruise

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Kemp remembers the days he would come to San Francisco and draw little notice. He prefers the way it is now.

Kemp homered among his four hits and drove in four runs, Chad Billingsley took a two-hitter into the eighth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Giants 10-0 on Saturday.

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"It's cool," Kemp said of the taunts he gets from the Giants' fans. "I get a kick out of it. They used to not know who I was."

Hanley Ramirez had three RBI in helping the Dodgers beat San Francisco for the second straight day to pull within a game of the NL West-leading Giants.

"He's like having another Matt Kemp," Dodgers' manager Don Mattingly said. "You get a guy who can fly and has power."

Kemp said he's enjoyed his new teammate.

"He has a pretty swing," Kemp said. "He's always been one of my favorite players and now we're on the same team. Wherever he bats, he's going to help us."

Billingsley (6-9) drove in a run for Los Angeles with a sacrifice fly. He gave up leadoff doubles to Buster Posey in the second and Angel Pagan in the fifth, the only baserunners he allowed through seven innings. He gave up two more hits and was lifted with one out in the eighth.

"It looks like he has gotten back on track," Giants' manager Bruce Bochy said. "He hit his spots. It was a well-pitched game."

Barry Zito (8-7) gave up four runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out four.

The Dodgers got to Zito right away. Mark Ellis opened the game with a sharp single and, one out later, Kemp hit his 15th home run, a drive that sailed halfway up the left field bleachers.

"Kemp has been swinging the bat well," Zito said. "He took a good swing on a good pitch. It was right where I wanted it."

Billingsley's sacrifice fly in the fifth drove in the Dodgers' third run and Hairston's RBI double in the sixth ended Zito's day.

"The last time we were in here we were a different team," Billingsley said. "Hanley has been a good addition and Kemp hit the home run early and we just continued it."

The Dodgers tacked on three runs in the seventh on A.J. Ellis' leadoff home run and back-to-back doubles from Kemp and Ramirez. They added three more in the ninth on Kemp's fourth hit and Ramirez's two-run single.

"It's great to have the whole team together," Ellis said. "We feel like we can match up with anybody. When Chad is locked in like he was today, he's as good as anyone in the league."

Luis Cruz had two hits for the Dodgers, extending his hitting streak to 11.

Marco Scutaro and Brandon Crawford each singled with one out in the eighth, prompting Billingsley's exit. Javy Guerra came on to get the final five outs.


  • Zito has a first-inning ERA of 6.30.
  • Dodgers RHP Rubby De La Rosa will join LHP Ted Lilly at Class-A Rancho Cucamonga for a rehab assignment.
  • Giants INF Pablo Sandoval (left hamstring strain) was placed on the DL retroactive to July 25 and INF Emmanuel Burriss was designated for assignment to make room for Scutaro and Aubrey Huff, who was activated from the DL.
  • Dodgers' RHP Matt Guerrier will begin a rehab assignment, though he's not expected to pitch for the Dodgers again until September.
  • LHP Clayton Kershaw (7-6, 3.14) pitches for the Dodgers in Sunday's series finale. His career ERA of 1.45 (minimum 50 innings) against the Giants is the lowest all-time against the team.
  • RHP Ryan Vogelsong (8-4, 2.26) starts for the Giants.
  • Billingsley recorded his first career sacrifice fly.
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Chad Billingsley takes a two-hitter into the eighth as the Dodgers defeat the Giants and move within a game of first place.  (US Presswire)
Chad Billingsley takes a two-hitter into the eighth as the Dodgers defeat the Giants and move within a game of first place. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

M. Kemp
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 1
Los Angeles

C. Billingsley
IP 7.1
H 4
ER 0
BB 0
K 2

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Mark Ellis, 2B5220001 .259
Andre Ethier, RF4100012 .291
    Tony Gwynn Jr., RF0100100 .237
Matt Kemp, CF5344000 .342
Hanley Ramirez, 3B5123011 .252
Jerry Hairston Jr., LF4011102 .294
Juan Rivera, 1B4000012 .258
    Javy Guerra, P0000000 .000
Luis Cruz, SS4120001 .256
A.J. Ellis, C4121021 .279
Chad Billingsley, P2001011 .206
    James Loney, 1B1000000 .254
2B - Matt Kemp 2 (9, Kontos, Penny), Hanley Ramirez (19, Kontos), Jerry Hairston Jr. (13, Zito), Luis Cruz (7, Zito), A.J. Ellis (10, Zito)
HR - Matt Kemp (15, Zito), A.J. Ellis (8, Kontos)
SF - Chad Billingsley (1)
RBI - Matt Kemp 4 (38), Hanley Ramirez 3 (54), Jerry Hairston Jr. (25), A.J. Ellis (29), Chad Billingsley (2)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Kemp (13), Hanley Ramirez (14)
CS - Jerry Hairston Jr. (2, 2nd base by Zito/Posey)
Team LOB - 4
Los Angeles Dodgers
Chad Billingsley (W,6-9) 7.1400020 3.89
Javy Guerra 1.2100020 3.41
WP - Chad Billingsley (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Billingsley 105-63, Javy Guerra 25-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Billingsley 12-8, Javy Guerra 1-2
Batters Faced - Chad Billingsley 26, Javy Guerra 6
San Francisco Giants
Nate Schierholtz, RF4010000 .247
Ryan Theriot, 2B4000013 .272
Melky Cabrera, LF3000000 .356
   a- Justin Christian, PH1000000 .182
Buster Posey, C3010000 .315
    Eli Whiteside, C1000000 .125
Angel Pagan, CF3010001 .277
    Brad Penny, P0000000 .000
   b- Joaquin Arias, PH1000010 .244
Brandon Belt, 1B2000012 .236
    George Kontos, P0000000 .000
    Gregor Blanco, CF1000000 .246
Marco Scutaro, 3B3010002 .271
Brandon Crawford, SS3010001 .236
Barry Zito, P1000000 .094
    Aubrey Huff, 1B2000012 .150
a-flied out for Cabrera in the 9th
b-struck out for Penny in the 9th
2B - Buster Posey (21, Billingsley), Angel Pagan (19, Billingsley)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Crawford-Huff
E - Brandon Crawford (13, Misplayed grounder)
San Francisco Giants
Barry Zito (L,8-7) 5.1744141 3.89
George Kontos 1.2331011 2.25
Brad Penny 2333110 5.40
Pitches-Strikes - Barry Zito 96-67, George Kontos 24-19, Brad Penny 32-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Barry Zito 5-6, George Kontos 3-2, Brad Penny 3-1
Batters Faced - Barry Zito 23, George Kontos 9, Brad Penny 9
Game Information
Attendance - 42030
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Chris Conroy, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Ed Hickox