Elevator Going Down

The Dodgers slump is becoming a text-book: when they pitch they can't score; when they score they can't pitch and now and you have a game when they can't do either and find they also can't field. Anaheim took advantage of all this confusion with a 4-0 win and the series victory, beating rookie Chad Billingsley (0-2). Billingsley allowed four runs, but only two of them were earned.

  N.L. West standings

                 w-l   pct    gb
San Diego      43-39  .524   --  
Colorado       42-39  .519   0.5
San Francisco  42-40  .512   1.0 
Dodgers        41-40  .506   1.5   
Arizona        40-42  .488   3.0  
With the loss the Dodgers have lost five of their last six games and dropped into fourth place in the N.L. West, 1 1/2 behind San Diego and just a half-game in front of Arizona.

Billingsley walked four, struck out three and threw 91 pitches. He has issued 17 walks in 22 innings. Anaheim had one run batted in, but that was all the runs they would need this day. Two runs came in on errors and a third was a steal of home.

The Angels scored two in the third when Orlando Cabrera reached base safely in his 59th straight game with a double to right, scoring Chone Figgins when J.D. Drew messed up the ball in right field. Cabrera then stole home on Billingsley who was in a windup.

In the sixth. Vladimir Guerrero homered deep to right field (the only RBI) and Rafael Furcal's throwing error added another run. It was his 18th of the season, three more than he had during 2005.

Angel starter John Lackey pitched into the seventh and fanned a career-high 10 Dodgers. He allowed four scattered before Scot Shields took over for Mike Scioscia's club.

Dodgers 1B Nomar Garciaparra, the NL batting leader, got one of the five hits the Dodgers could manage, a double in the ninth. It extended his hitting streak to a season-high 14 games. At the other end of the spectrum, Cesar Izturis hit a two-out single in the third to end an 0-for-19 slump.

Despite taking two of three games, the Angels lost the season series to the Dodgers for the first time since 1999 -- two years after interleague play began.

The Dodgers finished their interleague schedule with a 5-10 record and lost five of their final six games. The Angels were an AL-worst 7-11 in interleague action.
  Score by innings
Dodgers 000 000 000-0  
Anaheim 002 002 00x+4

  Dodgers       ab r h bi ave
Furcal ss        4 0 0 0 .256
Lofton dh        4 0 1 0 .293
Garciaparra 1b   4 0 1 0 .361
Drew rf          4 0 1 0 .281
Kemp cf          4 0 0 0 .300
Ethier lf        4 0 0 0 .329
Martinez 2b      2 0 1 0 .343
Martin c         3 0 0 0 .287
Izturis 3b       3 0 1 0 .231
   Totals       32 0 5 0
   Anaheim      30 4 7 1

  Errors- Drew, Furcal. 2B - 
Drew (12); Garciaparra (23). 
LOB - Dodgers 6, Anaheim 8. 
SB - K Lofton (15). DP - 
(Furcal and  Garciaparra).

 Dodgers           in h r-er bb so era
Billingsley (0-2) 6.0 4  4-2 4 3 4.91
Beimel            1.0 2  0-0 1 1 3.34
Saito             1.0 1  0-0 0 3 1.63
  Time: 2:38. Att: 44,223.
Penny is All-Star-- Right-handed starting pitcher Brad Penny, fully recovered from an arm injury that threatened his future, was rewarded for the best first half of his career by being named the Dodgers' lone representative to the National League All-Star team. This will be the first All-Star appearance for Penny, who has rebounded from a damaged bicep nerve. With a 9-2 record, two more than he had all of last year, he ranks among league leaders in victories and ERA (2.94). Seven of his nine victories have followed Dodgers losses. Although only Penny made the cut, Garciaparra still has a chance as one of the five Final Vote candidates.

Dodger Blue Notes-- With Garciaparra at first, Martinez at second, Rafael Furcal at short and Cesar Izturis at third, Los Angeles had an infield full of shortstops. Gold Glove shortstop Izturis is playing third, Rafe Furcal is the only shortstop at short, Ramon Martinez is playing second and Nomar Garciaparra is playing first. … Derek Lowe (6-4, 3.49) opens for the Dodgers in a three-game series at home against Arizona's Juan Cruz (3-3, 4.05) tonight (Monday).

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