Dodgers Outlast Cubs in Weird Game

Parent's should have not allowed their children to stay up and watch this game. The Dodgers topped the Cubs 8-5 despite five errors between the two teams, indifferent fielding and many opportunities wasted (16 left on base). Blake DeWitt walked on a pitch he didn't see after the lights went out in the park and Chad Billingsley fought to his team-leading sixth win of the season despite everything.

Jonathan Broxton was lights out over the final 1.2 innings, to record his 11th save but five innings before that Wrigley Field had beaten him to the punch, going black for 18 minutes in the Dodgers 8-5 win over Chicago.

A bank of lights behind home plate went out as Gorzelanny threw a 3-1 pitch to Blake DeWitt and moments after the pitch was called a ball and DeWitt too first base, the rest of the stadium lights went out. The game was halted at 8:25 p.m. and resumed 18 minutes later.

"I took my eye off the ball and off the pitcher so I didn't even see the pitch. I saw the lights flicker, and that distracted me. "Thinking back, I wish I had hit a popup. Nobody would have seen the ball and I'd have had an inside-the-park homer in the dark."

It was a night that starter Chad Billingsley (6-2) struggled, but earned his sixth win against a pair of losses, leaving the game with one out in the sixth after a pinch-hit home run by Xavier Nady to cut the Dodgers lead to 7-3.

After only allowing three runs over his last three starts, he allowed three runs and a season-high 10 hits, although some of them could have been caught, struck out six and walked one. He threw 100 pitches (70 strikes). He escaped four jams by stranding five Cubs in scoring position.

"He (Billingsley) just had to work too hard but was amazing in the third inning. It wasn't his fault," manager Joe Torre said. "That's the Chad we've all seen in past years. I'm glad to see he's back in that grind mode right now. We didn't play particularly well but we got away with it."

Shortstop Rafael Furcal made his third error since coming off the disabled list Tuesday to put Billingsley in a bases-loaded, none out mess but he retired the next three Cubs in order.

Ronald Belisario was banged around and allowed a pair of runs before Hong-Chih Kuo closed out the sixth and worked a scoreless seventh, striking out four. Broxton then did his thing in a rare multi-inning appearance to record his 11th save in 13 opportunities.

The Dodgers were out-hit 14-10, one of the rare times that has happened this season. James Loney was a home run short of the cycle, Casey Blake homered and drove in two runs and DeWitt added a single, double and a walk to raise his average to .288.

Los Angeles scored five times in the first two innings, added two more in the sixth and one in the ninth.

San Diego beat St. Louis 2-1 and Colorado topped Arizona 7-2. The Giants lost to Washington so the Dodgers, who won for 15th time in 21 games, remains two games behind the Padres.

After being shut out in the opening game of the series, the Dodgers tagged Chicago starter Tom Gorzelanny for three in the first. Furcal singled for his first hit since returning from the DL and Martin walked. With one out, Manny Ramirez, who finished 0-for-5, drove in the first run with a ground ball and RBI singles by Blake and Loney made it 3-0.

In the second, with two out and Billingsley on first with a walk, Russ Martin reached base on third baseman Mike Fontenot's throwing error that sailed into the seats. Matt Kemp made the Cubs pay for the mistake with a two-run double.

A double, a single by former Dodger Koyie Hill and Gorzelanny's pop single to center put Chicago on the board in the second and they added another in the third when Furcal booted a double play ball. Billingsley held the damage to a single run by retiring the final three Cubs in order.

The lights went out in the fourth because of a nearby fire and the game calmed down after the problems were fixed.

Loney led off the sixth with a double into the right field corner and Reed Johnson doubled into the left field corner to make it 6-2. After DeWitt singled and Billingsley bunted the runners over, a second Cub error allowed Johnson to score.

Nady homered with one out in the Cubs half of the inning and Billingsley also allowed a single before being given the rest of the night off. Belisario induced a double play ball to end the inning but he struggled in the seventh, helped by Ramirez's tentative play in left field.

Belisario allowed a single and a high fly that seemed catchable but fell in as Ramirez jogged in to retrieve it. He fumbled the ball and threw late to second. Torre quickly switched to Kuo, who recorded a strikeout and a long fly to left-center that Ramirez seemed to hesitate on and allowed to hit the brick wall about knee level that went for a tainted triple to cut the lead to 7-5. Kuo fanned the final two Cubs, including Hill, to end the inning.

Torre said "He's had these leg issues. He's not moving as he had before. He said it was his fault on that ball that hit the wall. He thought it was going out of the ballpark and he stopped running after it.

"I went over to Kemp and Ramirez and asked if that ball could have been caught and right away Ramirez said `That's me."'

Kuo allowed a one-out single in the eighth and Broxton came in and ended the inning with a double play.

Blake gave the Dodgers their eighth run with his home run (#7) in the ninth and Broxton nailed the win down.

The Dodgers are already shorthanded in the bullpen after the disabling of George Sherrill. Torre said the plan is to call up a reliever on Friday night to back up starter Carlos Monasterios, so he's hoping for rookie John Ely to deliver a quality start in the game this afternoon.

Abreu Disabled Again
Infielder Tony Abreu, one of the bright prospects in the Dodgers' system before injuries cut him down, is once again on the disabled list with what might be a broken arm.

Manager A.J. Hinch said the injury appears to be very complicated. "His hands are pretty messed up, and he hurt his forearm. It could be broken, and we are going to have more tests."

Abreu, who is hitting .313, is to see hand specialist Dr. Don Sheridan on Monday. He was injured when he applied a tag on Toronto catcher Jose Molina, who was attempting to stretch a single to left field into a double. Molina slid hard into the bag, and after making the tag Abreu immediately jumped to his feet and ran into short center field in obvious pain. After a visit from trainer Dave Edwards, Abreu was removed.

Dodger Blue Notes --It was the first delay because of power failure at Wrigley since 2003. The Cubs had two games delayed due to power failures that year. The Dodgers have asked the Astros and Mariners about pitchers Roy Oswalt and Cliff Lee, respectively, but have been told they are not available, according to the Los Angeles Times. The report also claims the two clubs told the Dodgers they will get back to them if and when the players become available. ...The Dodgers are a Major League-best 17-6 in May and they have been carried by a pitching staff that has a big league-best 2.71 ERA (42 ER/139.1 IP) since May 9. ...The 2010 First-Year Player Draft is next Monday, June 7, at 3 p.m. PT on MLB Network. The Dodgers will be represented live in Secaucus, NJ by Hall of Famer and Special Advisor to the Chairman Tommy Lasorda as well as longtime scout Ralph Avila. ...On this date in 1971, Maury Wills recorded the 2,000th hit of his career.

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