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--RHP Chad Billingsley faced the minimum batters through three innings, but allowed a combined six hits and four runs in the fourth and fifth innings to end his night. It was the first time in nine career starts at AT&T Park that Billingsley allowed more than three runs in a game.

--RF Andre Ethier, who extended his hitting streak to nine games, is one homer away for 100 in his career. He would become the 24th player in franchise history and 15th L.A. Dodger to reach the century mark.

--CF Matt Kemp was thrown out trying to steal for the first time this year, after seven successful attempts. Replays showed the ball beat Kemp, but Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval tagged the helmet of Kemp, which had fallen off his head. Kemp singled, doubled and walked twice (once intentional). He's reached base 26 of his 45 plate appearances this year, a .578 on-base percentage.

--RHP Vicente Padilla resumed throwing off a mound this week, and it sounds like he's less than two weeks from coming off the disabled list. Manager Don Mattingly said Padilla's close to leaving on a rehab assignment, and since he's only being asked to pitch 1-2 innings in relief, it shouldn't take long.

--3B Casey Blake missed a third straight game since colliding with Padres third baseman Chase Headley on a game-ending interference call Saturday night. Blake has a deep charley horse, which prevents him from running full speed, and given with the frigid conditions in San Francisco, he probably won't return to the lineup until Thursday at the earliest.

--1B Jerry Sands, the organization's top prospect at Class AAA Albuquerque, homered for a fourth straight game Tuesday and drove in five runs. He's batting a robust .417 and has 14 RBI in six games.

2.90 -- Career ERA for pitcher Chad Billingsley at AT&T Park. Billingsley has allowed 19 earned runs in 59 innings over 12 games (nine starts).

"I didn't hear anything about retirement. He's a sensitive guy. He really feels like he's letting the team down when he's not in there. It really bothers him that this happened." -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, on the broken left thumb that will sideline shortstop Rafael Furcal for six weeks. Furcal hinted at retirement immediately after receiving the news, but most believe that was just his frustration.

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