The Philadelphia starter, Cliff Lee, on the other hand, was never threatened. He allowed one runner in scoring position, that coming in the seventh inning, gave up three hits and struck out 10, suddenly impotent Dodger batters.
They loss puts Los Angeles in a 2-1 hole that may be too deep to scrambled out of. They need to win one game in Philadelphia to bring the series back to Los Angeles and must win three of the final four to reach the World Series.
The Dodger starting staff, in a flux for most of the season, saw 12 different starters used but they have been saved by a remarkable bullpen who led the National League in earned run average.
But they couldn't save the team last night after Kuroda's meltdown in the first inning and, in fact, allowed five runs of their own in the rout.
Billingsley, who hadn't worked since September 29, retired nine of the first 10 he faced, working around a walk, but then allowed a pair of two-out runs in the fifth to make to 8-0. Ron Belisario surrendered a three-run home run to another former Dodger, Shane Victorino, in the eighth.
Manny Ramirez ripped a single to center leading off he second inning but was eliminated when James Loney hit into a double play. Ramirez also dropped a soft single into right field in the fifth and Ron Belliard tommyhawked a high, outside pitch into right field in the seventh for the third, and final, Los Angeles hit of the night.
The loss was the worst since the Chicago White Sox also posted an 11-0 win in the opening game of the 1959 World Series. The Dodgers went on to win their first championship in Southern California in six games.
A 2-1 deficit was overcome in 1981 and 1988 but Los Angles lost to the Phillies last year after trailing after three games.
After sweeping the Cardinals and banging out 14 hits in the first game of the series against Philadelphia, the Dodgers have scored only two runs in 18 innings when a crucial error helped them win 2-1 in the second game of the series, scoring on the error and a bases-loaded walk.
At the same time the hitters went flat, the pitching took a turn for the worse and after three game the Dodgers have a bloated, 6.92 earned run average.
Kuroda said after the game that he felt fine, his arm felt fine and while warming up he had perfect control. However, once the game started his command left him.
He retired leadoff man Jimmy Rollins, then in rapid order, Victorino singled and stole second, Chase Utley singled, Ryan Howard tripled into the right field corner, driving in the first two runs, and Werth crushed a 427-foot shot over the center field wall to make it 4-0.
Los Angeles has hit a stretch similar to the one the suffered in Washington, Pittsburgh and San Diego on their final road trip. They have scored only 21 runs in the six post-season games and are 9-for-48 with men in scoring position in the playoffs.
Rafael Furcal is 1-for-11, Casey Blake 1-for-10 and Matt Kemp is 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
As a passer-by remarked when he watched two trains speeding toward each other on the same track, "It's a heck of a way to run a railroad."
Score by innings Los Angeles 000 000 000- 0 Philadelphia 420 020 03x-11 Los Angeles ab r h bi ave Furcal ss 4 0 0 0 .091 Belliard 2b 4 0 1 0 .333 Ethier rf 3 0 0 0 .273 Ramirez lf 3 0 2 0 .250 Kemp cf 3 0 0 0 .250 Loney 1b 3 0 0 0 .300 Blake 3b 3 0 0 0 .091 Belisario p 0 0 0 0 .000 Martin c 3 0 0 0 .333 Kuroda p 0 0 0 0 .000 Elbert p 0 0 0 0 .000 Billingsley p 1 0 0 0 .000 Hudson ph 1 0 0 0 .000 Troncoso p 0 0 0 0 .000 Loretta 3b 0 0 0 0 .000 ----------------------------------------- Totals 29 0 3 0 Philadelphia 33 11 11 11 Left on base- Los Angeles 2, Philadelphia 6. RISP- Los Angeles 0-for-2, Philadelphia 6-for-13. DP- Blake, Belliard and Loney. Los Angeles in h r-er bb so era Kuroda (0-1) 1.1 6 6-6 0 1 40.50 Elbert 0.1 0 0-0 2 0 0.00 Billingsley 3.1 2 2-2 2 3 5.40 Troncoso 2.0 0 0-0 2 3 0.00 Belisario 1.0 3 3-3 1 0 13.50 PB- Martin. WP- Elbert. T- 3:12 Att- 45,721.Wolf Hopes to Stop the Bleeding
Lefthander Randy Wolf, a former Phillie, will have the task of slowing the Dodgers free-fall. He's made 275 Major League regular-season starts but his appearance against St. Louis in the Division Series was his first ever post-season appearance.
His mound opponent will be Joe Blanton, who was 12-8 in the regular season. The clubs will take Tuesday off and finish their three games in Philadelphia on Wednesday.