7-8-9-10 ... Bingo, a Record!

Los Angeles broke their own record and tied the National League record after stopping San Diego 7-3, sweeping the four game series. It was the first four game sweep of the Padres in Dodger Stadium and they have won nine of its last 10 against the Padres at Dodger Stadium beginning September 1, 2008. The Dodgers are a major league-best 18-8 overall, their best start since 1984.

The 10-0 record breaks the 1946 Brooklyn Dodgers' mark of 9-0 to start the season and ties the National League record. Atlanta started 10-0 in 1983 at Fulton County Stadium, the Cubs started 10-0 at Wrigley Field in 1970 and the New York Giants' started 10-0 the Polo Grounds in 1918.

The Major League record for consecutive wins at home to open a season is 12 by Detroit at Bennett Park in 1911, the year before Tiger Stadium opened. The Dodgers hot start is the best in the majors since 2003, when the Royals won their first 11 at Kauffman Stadium. In a twist of fate, Dodgers bench coach Bob Schaefer served that same role for manager Tony Peña in Kansas City.

Right-hander Chad Billingsley ran his record to a National League best 5-0 on the young season, allowing only two runs on four hits over seven innings. Billinglsey, who also struck out eight batters.

The records were set in a game Dodger manager Joe Torre rested four regulars. Left fielder Manny Ramirez, shortstop Rafael Furcal, catcher Russell Martin and third baseman Casey Blake watched from the dugout as the Dodgers scored three in the first and four in the sixth to put the Padres away.

The Dodgers lost little in the way of batting average with the new linedup. Pierre, who is batting .375, started in left field and hit first; Loretta, who is batting .450, started at third base and hit sixth; Ausmus, who is batting .462, started at catcher and hit seventh and Castro, who is batting .250, started at shortstop and hit eighth. Among them they had five of the 10 hits.

Billingsley posted another strong outing, allowing a pair of doubles and a single run in the second inning and otherwise holding the Padres without a hit until the sixth.

Then he served up an opening single, retired the next two and then threw in a pair of walks and a wild pitch, winding up with the bases loaded and two out. A strikeout ended the threat.

Billingsley allowed a homer in the seventh and after 111th pitches. Torre called on Will Ohman to pitch the eighth. He was tagged with a homer on his fourth pitch, then allowed a single and Ramon Troncoso quickly replaced him and retired the final six Padres in succession.

Los Angeles had two big innings, scoring three in the first and four in the sixth. Oddly enough, nine of their 10 hits came in those two innings and in the other six, they were 1-for-18.

They jumped on San Diego starter Chad Gaudin right out of the gate. Juan Pierre singled, Orlando Hudson doubled him home, Andre Ethier's double made it 2-0 and James Loney's long single drove in the third run.

Juan Castro singled to lead off the second inning but he was erased on a double play. Los Angeles was held scoreless from that point until the sixth inning when, with two out, Brad Ausmus singled, Castro singled, Billingsley singled to right to knock in the first run of the inning. It was his second hit of the season and his first RBI.

Pierre kept things going with his second single of the afternoon and his first run batted in off former Dodger minor leaguer Arturo Lopez, then Hudson boomed his second double to drive in the final two runs of the inning.

L.A. went 1-2-3 in both the seventh and eighth.

Dodger pitching held the Padres to 5-for-34 with runners in scoring position over the four game series. San Diego came into Dodger stadium trailing the Dodgers by 2 1/2 games and left trailing by 6 1/2.

Over the 10 games in the streak, the Dodgers outscored their opponents 75-28 and out-hit them 124-64.

Manny Rests his Hamstring
Manny Ramirez was out of the Dodgers' lineup for just the second time this season when the slugging left fielder was given the day off because of tightness in his hamstring.

Los Angeles will play the first of two, two-game series starting tonight. The probably pitchers over the next four games include:

Today, Arizona - Eric Stults (2-1, 5.50) 
    vs  LHP Doug Davis (2-3, 2.91) 
Tuesday, Arizona - RHP Jeff Weaver (0-0, 0.00) 
    vs. RHP Max Scherzer (0-2, 3.48)
Wednesday, Washington - LHP Clayton Kershaw (0-2, 5.46) 
    vs RHP Jordan Zimmermann (2-1, 4.24)
Thursday, Washington - LHP Randy Wolf (1-1, 3.93) 
    vs RHP Shairon Martis (2-0, 6.20)

 Score by innings
San Diego	010 000 100-3
Los Angeles	300 004 00x-7

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Pierre lf	4  2  2  1  .393
Hudson 2b	3  1  2  3  .336
Ethier rf	3  1  1  1  .309
Loney 1b	4  0  1  1  .293
Kemp cf	        4  0  0  0  .289
Loretta 3b	3  0  0  0  .391
 Ohman p	0  0  0  0 1.000
 Troncoso p	0  0  0  0  .000
Ausmus c	3  1  1  0  .438
Castro ss	4  1  2  0  .333
Billingsley p	3  1  1  1  .167
 Blake 3b	1  0  0  0  .000
 Totals	        32 7 10 7 
 San Diego	33 3  6 3

 Two-base hits- Hudson 2 (8), Ethier (7). 
RBI- Hudson 3 *15), Ethier (24), Loney (17), 
Billingsley (1), Pierre (3). SB- Ausmus. 
LOB- Los Angeles 5, San Diego 7.

 Los Angeles	  in  h r-er bb so  era
Billingsley (5-0) 7.0  4  2-2  4  8  2.21
Ohman	          0.0  2  1-1  0  0  5.19
Troncoso	  2.0  0  0-0  0  1  1.08
 WP- Billingsley. HBP- Loretta. T- 2:43.
Att- 52,096.

Dodger Blue Notes-- The 1946 team that went 9-0 at home to start the season finished with a 56-21 home schedule and in a dead tie with the St. Louis Cardinals who beat them 2-0 in a three-game series. ...San Diego has lost nine of its last 10 at Dodger Stadium, where Los Angeles is 20-3 beginning August 21, 200833-9 since last year's All-Star break. ...The Dodgers have won four in a row, five of their last six, eight of their last 11, and are 16-5 since a 2-3 start.  Los Angeles' four-game winning streak is the longest current run in the Majors and are  10 games above .500 for the first time since September 15, 2007, when they were 79-69 after a 6-2 victory vs. Arizona that night. ...Dodgers Vice President/Assistant General Manager Kim Ng and longtime Club Photographer Jon SooHoo were honored by the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California at the organization's 34th annual gala dinner. Ng and SooHoo will be recognized as part of the Chinese Historical Society's celebration of Chinese Americans in sports.