Dodgers Squeak By DBacks 1-0

The powerful Dodgers offense was shut down by the Arizona starting staff for the third time but they again found a way to come away with a win, parlaying a James Loney triple and Casey Blake's fly ball into the only run of the game and the only one needed by Chad Billingsley, who earned his seventh win of the season, and three relievers.

It was the Dodgers fifth one-run game in their last seven and the third of the Arizona series. Los Angeles increased their home record to 20-6, 25-9 against West Division teams, and are now 37-18 overall.

Arizona starters Dan Haren, Bill Buckner and John Garland allowed a club that was averaging over 5.7 runs per game at home to two runs and 10 hits over 19 innings but came away with only one win.

"It's very important to win games that are pitched well by the other team," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "When you go to the postseason, which is obviously our goal, you are going to face the best. So you are going to have to learn how to manufacture runs, take the little things and not give anything away. It's just about the personality of this club. We play a lot of one-run, two-run games. It's not good for my stomach, but it's good practice."

In his 12th start, Billingsley (7-3) struck out nine and walked four, bouncing back after back-to-back losses to the Angels and Cubs. The right-hander has allowed no more than two earned runs in eight of his 12 starts this season.

He was impressive, but he walked four and needed 111 pitches to get through the six innings.

Ronald Belisario, Ramon Troncoso and Jonathan Broxton finished the game out, giving up just a pair of hits between them. The Dodgers bullpen has allowed just one run in 13.2 innings in its last four games.  Los Angeles relievers have posted a 2.71 ERA (16 ER/54.0 IP) in their last 16 games beginning May 18, lowering their season ERA to 3.58 from 4.08, the last time it stood above the 4.00 mark.

  Garland and Billingsley dominated the game until the sixth, when James Loney hit his first triple of the season past a diving Garardo Parra down the left-field line but the ball eluded his glove and rolled to the wall. Blake followed with his scoring flyball to drive in his 35th run.

"James is ice-water in the tough situations," Torre said. "He has probably been the calmest guy on the ballclub."

"It was a 2-1 sinker, and I thought that ball was going to hang up in the air long enough for Parra to catch it," Garland said. "We were shading Loney to pull a little bit, but he's going real hot right now. Those are the breaks that seem to go your way when you're playing good ball and you're winning."

Ronald Belisario had no trouble in the seventh, Ramon Troncoso pitched out of a first and third mess in the eighth when Rafael Furcal started an inning-ending double play and Broxton tacked on a perfect ninth to complete the Dodgers second 1-0 win of the season. Furcal had also saved a run in the sixth inning with a runner on second base when he was able to keep a hard ground ball that could have scored a run in the infield.

The four Dodgers pitchers used ended the night with earned run averages of 2.59, 2.23, 1.83 and 1.33.

"It's really good to know you've got that big guy coming in," Torre said. "He's been -- I hate to put that name `automatic' on someone, because this game will humble you. But he's come in with great stuff every time."

Los Angeles extended their best record in the majors to 37-18 and its NL West lead to a season-high 9 1/2 games over San Francisco, the club's biggest lead since 1988, who was rained out at Washington. The other three NL West teams lost.

The Diamondbacks failed to get an extra-base hit for the first time in 74 games -- 54 of them this season -- a streak that began after a 7-2 loss against Billingsley on Sept. 6 last season at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers were out-hit 7-5, Russell Martin picking up the first one in the fifth inning along with Billingsley. Loney and Andre Ethier got hits in the sixth and Matt Kemp collected the final hit in the seventh.

Juan Castro started at second base to give Orlando Hudson his first night off of the season. He sat out the same night the club commemorated his hitting for the cycle on April 13 by handing out posters to everyone in attendance.

Left-hander Clayton Kershaw faces the red-hot Phillies who have won six straight in the first of a four-game series tonight at Dodger Stadium. He face Cole Hamels, who twice beat the Dodgers in last year's NL Championship Series.

In his last outing, Kershaw posted a quality start at Coors Field, holding the Rockies to three runs on four hits and four walks in six innings, striking out four.

Hamels (3-2, 5.21 ERA) started last against the Nationals on Saturday. In six innings, Hamels gave up eight hits and six earned runs. Hamels struck out seven and walked one in a 104-pitch performance.

Starters for the entire Philadelphia series:

Tonight LHP Cole Hamels (3-2, 5.21) vs. LHP Clayton Kershaw (3-3, 4.34)      
Friday LHP Jamie Moyer (4-5, 6.75) vs. LHP Eric Milton (2-0, 3.14)   
Saturday RHP Joe Blanton (4-3, 5.86) vs. RHP Hiroki Kuroda (1-1, 2.53)
Sunday LHP Antonio Bastardo (1-0, 1.50) vs. LHP Randy Wolf (3-1, 3.21) 

  Score by Innings
Arizona	        000 000 000-0
Los Angeles	000 001 00x-1

  Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Pierre lf	3  0  0  0  .371
Furcal ss	4  0  0  0  .244
Loney 1b	3  1  1  0  .284
Blake 3b	2  0  0  1  .295
Ethier rf 	3  0  1  0  .262
Martin c	3  0  1  0  .267
Kemp cf	        3  0  1  0  .310
Castro 2b	2  0  0  0  .326
Billingsley p	1  0  1  0  .240
 Belisario p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Hoffmann ph	1  0  0  0  .167
 Troncoso p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Broxton p	0  0  0  0  .000
  Totals  	25  1  5  1  
  Arizona	32  0  7  0  

  3B- Loney (1). RBI- Blake (35).
S- Billingsley. LOB- Los Angeles 5,
Arizona 9. CS- Ethier (1).  

 Los Angeles	   in h  r-er bb os era
Billingsley (7-3) 6.0  4  0-0  4  9  2.59
Belisario 	  1.0  1  0-0  0  1  2.23
Troncoso 	  1.0  2  0-0  0  1  1.83
Broxton (sv 13)	  1.0  0  0-0  0  1  1.83
  T- 2:46. Att- 33,804.
Dodger Blue Notes --The Dodgers improved to 12-5 in one-run games after Wednesday's 1-0 win over the D-backs. Only Seattle (14) has more one-run victories. ... Closer Jonathan Broxton twice hit 100 mph on the radar gun as he struck out the D-backs' Ryan Roberts and allowed the opponents an .082 average. Broxton has converted five straight save opportunities and his 42 K's have come in 27.0 innings, an average of 15.6 per nine innings. ...The 1-0 victory on Wednesday was the Dodgers' fourth shutout of the year. ...The Dodgers have reached the one-third mark of the 2009 championship season, playing 54 of their 162 games and are a season-high 19 games above .500. Through the one-third mark in 2008, the Dodgers were 27-27 and in second place, 2.5 games behind first-place Arizona. They are 15-5-2 in 21 series at Dodger Stadium, posting an overall record here in that time of 48-20 (.706).  That is the best home record in the Majors in that span. They have an NL-leading .297 home batting average.  The pitching staff, meanwhile, ranks first in the Majors with a 3.09 home ERA (83 ER/242.0 IP).  

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