Billingsley Stifles Phillies

After spraying hits all over Philadelphia the night before, Los Angeles went the finesse route in the series finale, using young Chad Billingsley and the one-two punch of Jonathan Broxton and Takashi Saito the hold one of the hardest hitting teams in the National League to a pair of runs while racking up a 5-2 win.

The win gave the Dodgers the series two games to one and they move into New York for three games starting today.

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.

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