Belliard's RBI Single Tops DBacks

For those of you who turned off the game after seven innings with Arizona leading 4-1 and the Dodgers hitting into five double plays, you missed five singles in the eighth inning, four with two out, that gave Los Angeles a 5-4 win.

For those of you who turned off the game after seven innings with Arizona leading 4-1 and the Dodgers hitting into five double plays, you missed five singles in the eighth inning, four with two out, that gave Los Angeles a 5-4 win. The rally was reminiscent of the miracle finishes that dotted the first two months of the season and gave the Dodgers a seemingly unassailable lead in the N.L. West.

With the bases loaded and two out in the eighth, Ron Belliard hit a slow chopper to the right of he pitcher, and when the Arizona shortstop slipped there was no play as Andre Ethier scored to give the Dodgers the lead.

Belliard, who was obtained from Washington just before the trading deadline, is 11-for-31 (3.55)with seven RBIs in nine games since joining the Dodgers on Aug. 30.

Broxton converted his ninth straight save since allowing back-to-back home runs to the Diamondbacks on August 15. It was his 34th of the season, and he got the final out when he leaped to spear Justin Upton's grounder with the tying run on first base.

Starter Chad Billingsley gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings. On some teams, allowing four runs could still earn you a win but the Dodgers recent swoon has made that too large an obstacle to overcome.

Billingsley was 8-3 with a 2.72 ERA in his first 14 starts this season but had regressed to 3-6 with a 5.24 ERA in his last 15.

It was perhaps the most frustrating game in a string of frustrating games. Arizona right-hander Billy Buckner (no relation to the former Dodgers 1B/OF) limited Los Angeles to one run in seven innings, backed by a remarkable five double plays: Russell Martin in the second, Rafael Furcal in the third, James Loney in the fourth, Matt Kemp in the sixth and Belliard in the seventh.

At this point, you might expect the team to write it off as just one of those games but they didn't.

Furcal singled and scored on Ethier's double into left-center in the first inning but the Diamondbacks tagged Billingsley for a pair of runs in the first on a pair of sac flys and two in the second.

He held them scoreless until the sixth with back-to-back doubles made it 4-1.

The Dodgers were reaching base regularly but being cut down by double plays until the top of the eighth.

Then suddenly, the Dodgers avoided Tommy Lasorda's famous 643 Double Play Lane and scored four runs off three Arizona relievers to hand the Diamondbacks their sixth straight defeat.

After Orlando Hudson bounced out, Martin singled but was forced by pinch-hitter Juan Pierre was just out-legged a sixth double play.

Then like a lightning bold, rather a number of small lightning bolts, Furcal singled to center, Kemp singled to score Martin and Ethier knocked in his second run of the game with a single.

Manny Ramirez was walked intentionally before Loney singled to left to tie the score. Belliard then beat out an infield single to break a tie and lift the Dodgers to their third straight victory.

James McDonald (5-4) had replaced Billingsley in the seventh and struck out the side. Hong-Chih Kuo allowed a single in the eighth to hold the lead and Broxton, who had not allowed an earned run in his last 14 appearances, gave up a two-out single, then retired the side with a leaping grab.

Broxton has five saves in the last eight days and seven in the last 13. He is 7-1 with a 2.53 ERA, striking out 102 in 67.2 innings, a 13.58 strikeouts per nine innings clip.

Los Angeles remained 3 1/2 games in front of Colorado in the NL West and the Padres scored single runs in the seventh and eighth to edge the Giants 4-3, dropping them 6 1/2 behind.

"To have that happen with five double plays, to score four runs in the eighth inning -- I don't want to say it's a surprise, because we saw this a lot early in the year," manager Joe Torre said. "Recently, we haven't been that club. I hope this is a good sign that we're back to that."

RHP Jon Garland (9-11, 4.23 ERA) draws his second start as a Dodger and his second start against his old team. He held Arizona to two runs for seven innings, retiring the final 14 batters he faced.

The Dodgers will face the Diamondback's ace RHP Dan Haren (13-8, 2.78 ERA).

 Score by Innings
Los Angeles	100 000 040-5
Arizona	        210 001 000-4

 Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	4  2  3  0  .258
Kemp cf        	5  1  1  1  .305
Ethier rf	4  1  2  2  .282
Ramirez lf	2  0  0  0  .302
 Kuo o        	0  0  0  0  .000
 Broxton 	0  0  0  0  .000
Loney 1b	4  0  2  1  .280
Billiard 3b	4  0  1  1  .261
Hudson 2b	4  0  2  0  .289
Martin c	4  0  1  0  .258
Billingsley p	1  0  0  0  .196
 McDonald p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Pierre ph-lf	1  1  0  0  .318
---------------------------------
 Totals	        33  5 12  5
 Arizona	33  4 10  4

 2B- Ethier (39). RBI- Ethier 2 (94),
Kemp (89), Loney (79), Billiard (29).
LOB- Los Angeles 6, Arizona 8.
SB- Hudson (8). CS- Pierre. PO- Pierre.
DP- Billingsley, Furcal and Loney.
	
 Dodgers	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Billingsley	6.0  8  4-4  3  4  3.93
McDonald (5-4)	1.0  0  0-0  0  3  4.14
Kuo             1.0  1  0-0  0  0  2.78
Broxton (sv 34)	1.0  1  0-0  0  1  2.53
 T- 2:59. Att- 22,589.
Abreu Deal Delayed
Infielder Tony Abreu, who finished the regular season with a .353 average at Albuquerque, was the player Arizona selected off a list the Dodgers offered to be named later in the deal that send Jon Garland to L.A.

However, a grievance Abreu filed two years ago could add service time to his resume that would make him eligible for salary arbitration a year earlier than the D-backs originally believed and perhaps change the complexion of the trade.

The extra 47 days service time Abreu could gain in a settlement could make him eligible for arbitration as soon as this winter and free agency by the end of the 2012 season.

Sources say the Dodgers aren't planning to offer the Diamondbacks any money to offset Abreu's pay increase or add any players to the list of players they can select. Arizona has until Oct. 15 to choose a player to complete the trade.

Dodger Blue Notes-- Randy Wolf will apparently make the start Friday against the Giants in place of Clayton Kershaw who bruised his right shoulder after banging off he field-level scoreboard while shagging balls before the game Sunday. RHPs Hiroki Kuroda or Vincente Padilla and penciled in for the Saturday start, ...#B Casey Blake missed his fourth straight game with a tender hamstring and Jim Tome missed his second with a sore foot. ...Andre Ethier's first-inning double on Tuesday was a career-high 39th for the season. ...Catcher Russell Martin has hit safely in 11 of 12 games. ... Shortstop Rafael Furcal has scored in five consecutive games for the first time this year. He's also hit safely in seven of eight. Since the double play became an official stat in 1933, the Dodgers have hit into five double plays nine times. The previous time was 2004, and they also did it in 1974 against the Cardinals. ...The Dodgers won their second straight game for the first time since August 30. ...They have won six of their last seven road games and 12 of their last 18 away from Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles' 40 road wins overall are tied for second in the National League with St. Louis, trailing Philadelphia's 41. ...The Dodgers improved to 11-6 against the Diamondbacks, assuring their fourth straight season series victory over the National League West rival.  The Diamondbacks last won a season series against the Dodgers in 2005.

LA Dodgers Insider Top Stories