Dodgers Harpoon Marlins 13-1

Chad Billingsley worked seven innings and allowed three hits and a single run, while his teammates broke open a 4-1 game by sending 18 batters to the plate in the seventh and eighth and scoring nine times.

Complimenting Billingsley's efforts, the offense piled up 15 hits, five of them for extra bases and scored 13 times.

Rafael Furcal earned his first five-hit game of his career after 15-four hit games. He singled in the first, singled in the third, doubled in the seventh, singled in the eighth and ninth. He missed a perfect night by fanning in the fifth.

Matt Kemp had a double and two singles, knocking in three. Blake DeWitt singled and triples, good for four RBI and James Loney added a long, three-run triple.

Furcal's double gives him 17 extra base hits in the first month (plus a single game in March), extending his record set the night before. And his batting average soared to .381, second in the National League.

For the second night in a row the Dodgers took an early lead. Russ Martin slugged his fourth homer in the second and Matt Kemp lined a two-run single in the second.

Kemp doubled and Jeff Kent singled him across in the fifth for a 4-0 margin.

Billingsley, who has had trouble getting past the fifth inning and had averaged 4.1 innings over his first four starts, struggled to get out of the fifth.

Chad Billingsley has no explanation for why he was still searching for his first win.

He feels his fastball and curveball are better than they were last September, when he recorded a 3-1 record with a 2.59 earned-run average. He's also added a changeup to his arsenal that he's throwing for strikes.

"I can't explain it," Billingsley said before the game of his 0-4 record and 8+ earned run average.

Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said that in Billingsley's recent starts, the 23-year-old right-hander has done a better job of not allowing his sense of urgency to affect his mechanics.

"He's made a lot of improvement from where he was at the end of the spring," Honeycutt said of the tendency Billingsley showed in the exhibition season of letting his left shoulder fly open.

This night he had allowed only an infield single through four innings but gave up a single to center opening the fifth. After a fielder's choice and a wild pitch, Billingsley walked the pitcher and Hensley Ramirez to load the bases.

With two out, Jeremy Hermidia slashed a shot off Blake DeWitt at third and although Furcal grabbed the ball quickly, his throw to first was late and the Marlins scored their first run.

Billingsley got back on track and on his 33rd pitch of the inning resulted in his fifth strikeout.

Seemingly over the fifth inning jinx, Billingsley sailed through the six and seventh innings, adding another pair of strikeouts and allowing only three hits, two of the infield variety. His eight strikeouts gives him 40 in 27.2 innings.

Then the Dodgers turned a 4-1 lead into a 13-1 blowout, scoring four in the seventh and five in the eighth, sending nine men to the plate in each inning.

James Loney, 0-for-7 in the series, slugged a three-run triple over the head of the Florida center fielder and Blake DeWitt scored him with a single in the seventh.

In the eighth, Kemp drove in his third run of the game and was hung up rounding first but stayed alive long enough to allow a second run to cross the plate. Then Blake DeWitt smashed a three-run triple to center field himself, collecting his fourth RBI of the game.

Gary Bennett pinch-hit in the eighth and stayed in to catch, Russell Martin moving to third base.

Hong-Chih Kuo took over from Billingsley and finished the final two innings, striking out four.

The Dodgers, who came into the game 3-8 in road games, improved that to 5-8 and their five-game winning streak boosted them over the .500 mark to finish April 14-13.

Arizona beat Houston and moved to 20-8. San Diego topped the Phillies and the Giants

Hiroki Kuroda (1-2, 3.82) will oppose Burke Badenhop (0-2, 8.36) in a noon-time special game today, concluding the three game series. The Dodgers will face Colorado tomorrow in Denver.
 Score by innings
Dodgers        012 010 450-13
Florida        000 010 000- 1

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	6  3  5  0  .381
Ethier lf	4  1  1  0  .315
 Young ph-lf	0  0  0  0  .385
Kemp rf         5  2  3  3  .318
Kent 2b	        4  0  1  1  .291
 Hu ph-2b	2  1  0  0  .240
Martin c-3b	2  3  2  1  .292
Loney 1b	5  1  1  3  .283
Jones cf	3  1  0  0  .159
DeWitt 3b	5  0  2  4  .279
Billingsley p	3  1  0  0  .125
 Bennett ph-c	1  0  0  0  .125
  Totals	40 13 15 12
  Florida	31  1  5  1

 2b hits- Kemp (5), Furcal (12).
3b hits- Loney (1), DeWitt (2).
HR- Martin (3).  RBI- Martin (11), 
Kemp 3 (16), Kent (16), Loney 3 
(19), DeWitt 4 (11). S- Ethier. 
SB- Kemp 2 (4), Furcal (7). 
DP- Furcal and Loney.

 Los Angeles	    in  h  r-er bb so era
Billingsley (1-4)  7.0  3  1-1  4  8  5.20
Kuo	           2.0  2  0-0  1  4  3.18
 WP- Billingsley 2. HBP- Matin 2.
T- 3:12. Att- 10,792.
Bullpen Tough
Kuo's two scoreless innings dropped the Dodgers bullpen ERA to 3.11, fourth in the National League, and sixth in the Majors, (32 ER/92.2 IP).  Beginning Thursday vs. Arizona, the Dodgers bullpen has allowed only one earned run – and three runs overall – in 23.0 innings.

Starters, Too
Dodgers starters, meanwhile, have registered a 3.85 ERA (63 ER/147.1 IP) to rank eighth in the National League and 12th in the Majors. 

Just Stopped By
The Dodgers welcomed players from Extended Spring Training in Vero Beach, Florida.  Some of the players making the 122-mile drive from Vero include RHP Chris Withrow (2007 first-round pick, 20th overall), LHP Michael Watt (2007 second-round pick), and INF Austin Gallagher (2007 third-round selection).

Dodgers Blue Notes-- Dodgers RHP Jonathan Broxton played catch before the game but was unavailable for the second game in a row. ...Andrew Jones went 0-for-2 and slid to .159.

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