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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.
|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 Dodgers|
|Mark Ellis, 2B||5||2||2||0||0||0||1||.259|
|Andre Ethier, RF||4||1||0||0||0||1||2||.291|
|Tony Gwynn Jr., RF||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.237|
|Matt Kemp, CF||5||3||4||4||0||0||0||.342|
|Hanley Ramirez, 3B||5||1||2||3||0||1||1||.252|
|Jerry Hairston Jr., LF||4||0||1||1||1||0||2||.294|
|Juan Rivera, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.258|
|Javy Guerra, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Luis Cruz, SS||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.256|
|A.J. Ellis, C||4||1||2||1||0||2||1||.279|
|Chad Billingsley, P||2||0||0||1||0||1||1||.206|
|James Loney, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.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)||7.1||4||0||0||0||2||0||3.89|
|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, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.247|
|Ryan Theriot, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.272|
|Melky Cabrera, LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.356|
|a- Justin Christian, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.182|
|Buster Posey, C||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.315|
|Eli Whiteside, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.125|
|Angel Pagan, CF||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.277|
|Brad Penny, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Joaquin Arias, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.244|
|Brandon Belt, 1B||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.236|
|George Kontos, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Gregor Blanco, CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.246|
|Marco Scutaro, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.271|
|Brandon Crawford, SS||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.236|
|Barry Zito, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.094|
|Aubrey Huff, 1B||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.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)||5.1||7||4||4||1||4||1||3.89|
|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|
|Attendance - 42030|
|Game Time - 3:03|
|Temperature - 64|
|Umpires - Home - Chris Conroy, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Ed Hickox|