Maddux Stops Dodgers Momentum Cold

The Dodger pitching staff held San Diego to a single run for the second straight day but they could only get a split of the two games, losing 1-0 to ancient Greg Maddux and four relievers. Chad Billingsley, who has been yanked around all spring, gave up four hits, one run and struck out eight to add to his ill fortune.

Maddux and Billingsley stuck around through five innings in the 95-degree heat and that was probably smart because nothing much good happened over the final four innings.

The single run crossed the plate in the fourth inning when the Dodgers' young ace gave up a walk, a ground double just inside the third base bag and a sacrifice fly.

Los Angeles managed three runners in scoring position during the game, including one in the eighth and ninth innings. Needless to say they were 0-for-6.

Dodger relief pitching over the final four innings was even better than the Padres, who allowed two hits and fanned three. Los Angeles brought in Chan Ho Park for two, Jon Broxton and Joe Beimel for one each and between all of them they allowed two hits and fanned six. A small victory, but we're really searching here.

Rafael Furcal led off with a soft single to right field, moved to second on a balk and stayed there while the next three Dodger hitters went out in order.

Jeff Kent, who came into the game hitting .337 against Maddux, doubled with one out in the fourth and James Loney kept his hitting streak alive in the ninth, driving a double down the left field line before Russ Martin drove a ball to the track to end the game.

Maddux has made nine of his 35 career starts against the Dodgers in April, going 8-0 with a 1.11 ERA in that month.

Khalil Greene saved Maddux in the bottom half. With Kent on second with his double, he made a diving stop of Martin's hard-hit grounder toward the middle and threw him out.

The Dodgers slid to 5-7 and are tied for third in the league with Colorado after the Rockies broke the DBack's eight game winning streak.

Los Angeles hosts Pittsburgh Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
 Score by innings
San Diego	000 100 000-1
Los Angeles	000 000 000-0

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	4  0  1  0  .391
Pierre lf	4  0  1  0  .250
Ethier rf	4  0  0  0  .000
Kent 2b	        4  0  1  0  .237
Loney 1b	4  0  1  0  .386
 Kemp pr	0  0  0  0  .286
Martin c	4  0  0  0  .148
Jones cf	2  0  0  0  .100
DeWitt 3b	3  0  1  0  .256
Billingsley p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Young ph	1  0  0  0  .143
 Park p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Broxton	0  0  0  0  .000	
  Totals	32 0 5 0
  Padres	31 1 6 1

 2B Hits- Kent (3), Loney (4).
LOB- Los Angeles 6, San Diego 6.	

 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Billingsley	5.0  4  1-1  2  8  5.59
Park	        2.0  2  0-0  0  2  1.50  
Broxton	        1.0  0  0-0  0  3  1.69
Beimel	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  2.08
 T- 2:39. Att- 47,357.
Jackie's Day Tuesday
Jackie Day Robinson Day will be celebrated on Tuesday, when the Dodgers celebrate the 61st anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier.

No. 12 for Loney
The last Dodger to hit safely in 12 straight games to start the season was Gary Sheffield in 2000. Steve Garvey's 21-game hit streak to start the season in 1978 is the longest to start the year in L.A. Dodger history. Garvey is followed by Ron Cey (17, 1977), Wally Moon (12, 1961), Jimmy Wynn (12, 1975), Eric Karros (12, 1995), Raul Mondesi (12, 1995), and Sheffield. The Dodger first baseman is batting .386 (17-for-44) on the season and has now hit safely in 20 of his last 21 games dating to September 21, 2007.    

Dodger Blue Notes-- The apparently ageless Greg Maddux won his 349th game just a day short of his 42nd birthday. There are currently 20 members of the Hall of Fame who pitched past their 42nd birthday. Thirteen of them were born in the 20th century, including Sutton, Nolan Ryan, Steve Carlton, Phil Niekro, Gaylord Perry, Dennis Eckersley, and Goose Gossage—who will formally be inducted into Cooperstown on July 27. ... RHP Jonathan Broxton worked the eighth inning for the Dodgers and struck out the side. His 99 strikeouts last season were second in the majors among relievers. ...On this day in 1954, Dodger Hall of Fame manager Walt Alston made his debut as a manager. Alston managed the club from 1954-76.

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