Billingsley (8-4) worked seven innings, allowing four hits, a run and struck out out seven. He won his eighth game and his first since July 23. He pitched in tough luck, losing consecutive games 1-0 and was 0-4 with a no-decision in the five starts.
Billingsley, who struck out with the bases loaded in the second, walked and alertly scored all the way from first base in the fifth inning when Rafael Furcal doubled into the right-center gap to give Los Angeles a 1-0 lead.
The Phillies Fabio Castro made his first major league start and was effectively wild, walking six in five innings but allowing just one run. The 22-year-old left-hander allowed only two hits, a single by Matt Kemp and Furcal's RBI double, and pitched out of trouble most of the game helped by a pair of double plays.
The Phillies tied the game in the sixth after Billingsley walked former Dodger Shane Victorino, who promptly stole second and scored on a double by Pat Burrell.
Juan Pierre dropped a perfect 60-yard wedge shot into center to untie the game in the top of the seventh and seven Dodgers went to the plate in the eighth inning, scoring three times with no one out before a double play and a tap to the mound cut off further scoring.
Kemp led off the seventh with a walk, stole second scored on Jeff Kent's single. James Loney's single to left moved Kent to third and Russell Martin drew his fourth walk of the game to load the bases.
Luis Gonzalez, who had a tough afternoon, accounting for six outs in his four times at bat, hit into a checked-swing 1-2-3 double play, his second D.P. grounder of the game.
Ramon Martinez, playing third so Shea Hillenbrand could play first and face a lefty pitcher (he was 0-for-2), bounced an two-RBI single into left field to give the Dodgers a 5-1 lead. With the hit, Martinez now has 21 hits and 22 runs batted in to go with a .191 batting average.
Tadahito Iguchi nudged a home run down the right field line and into the first row of seats in the eighth to cut the lead to 5-2 but that was the end of the scoring.
Saito took over in the ninth and earned his 34th save of the season, striking out the first two Phillies he faced and throwing out the third on a bouncer back to the box.
The save moved him into a tie for sixth place with Jeff Shaw (1999) on the franchise single season charts. Since last year's All-Star Break, Saito has a 1.67 ERA (16 ER/86.1 IP), the second-best mark among all pitchers with 75 or more innings during that span behind only Joe Nathan (1.63). Saito saved all four of the Dodgers' wins last week.
Two streaks ended and one more game was tacked on the other tacked on the other during the rare afternoon contest.
Pierre pushed his hitting streak to 11 straight games with his RBI singe in the seventh. He was then shot down attempting to steal second, ending a streak of 18-straight successful stolen bases. Broxton served up a home run with two out in the eighth to end a 94-game, 97-inning homerless streak, a record for the longest streak in L.A. Dodger history and the fifth-longest streak in baseball 1958.
Pitching matchups for the New York series: Friday - Brad Penny vs. Oliver Perez; Saturday Eric Stults vs Orlando Hernandez and Sunday Brett Tomko vs. John Maine.
Score by Innings Los Angeles 000 010 130-5 Philadelphia 000 001 010-2 Los Angeles ab r h bi ave Furcal ss 4 0 1 1 .278 Pierre cf 5 0 1 1 .290 Kemp rf 4 1 1 0 .333 Kent 2b 3 0 1 1 .287 Hillenbran 1b 2 0 0 0 .255 Loney ph-1b 2 1 1 0 .311 Martin c 0 1 1 0 .290 Gonzalez lf 4 0 0 0 .275 Ethier lf 0 0 0 0 .289 Martinez 3b 3 1 2 2 .191 Billingsley p 1 1 0 1 .095 Sweeney ph 1 0 0 0 .252 Broxon p 0 0 0 0 .000 Saito p 0 0 0 0 .000 Totals 29 5 7 5 Phillies 30 2 5 2 2B- Furcal (22). RBI- Furical (43), Pierre (31), Kent (67), Martinez 2 (22). S- Billingsley. LOB- Los Angeles 7, Philadelphia 4. SB- Kemp (6). CS- Pierre (10). DP- Furcal, Kent and Hillenbrand. Los Angeles in h r-er bb so era Billingsley (8-4) 7.0 4 1-1 2 7 3.48 Broxton 1.0 1 1-1 0 1 2.34 Saito (sv 34) 1.0 0 0-0 0 2 1.44 T-2:54. Att- 37,875.Dodger Blue Notes-- Pierre's hitting streak (11 games) has seen him hit .417 (20-for-48) during the streak and .357 (30-for-84) in August. ...The Japanese television station NHK broadcast the Dodgers and Phillies game live to Japan.