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Billingsley shuts down Arizona in Dodgers' win

CHAD Billingsley got back to winning ways, pitching six shutout innings to help the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 1-0 win over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

The powerful right-hander struck out nine and threw 111 pitches to snap a mini-slump of two straight lost decisions and three of his last four as he improved to 7-3 on the year. "I fell behind a few hitters and...was not really attacking the zone," Billingsley told reporters.

"But I was able to get ahead of some hitters and put them away with the breaking ball, which is easier to do when you're ahead in the count."

In strong Dodgers pitching, reliever Ramon Troncoso escaped a first and third jam by forcing a double play in the eighth inning and closer Jonathan Broxton blew away the Diamondbacks in the ninth for his 13th save in 15 games.

Elsewhere in the National League, it was: Cubs 3, Braves 2 (in 11 innings); Brewers 9, Marlins 6; Astros 6, Rockies 4; Reds 9, Cardinals 3; and Phillies 5, Padres 1.

In the American League, it was: Red Sox 10, Tigers 5; Rangers 4, Yankees 2; Angels 8, Blue Jays 1; Rays 9, Royals 0; Indians 10, Twins 1; Athletics 5, White Sox 3; and Mariners 3, Orioles 2.

In Los Angeles, James Loney tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Casey Blake in the sixth for the Dodgers (37-18), who won the final two games of the three-game series.

First baseman Loney also sparked Los Angeles' 6-5 comeback win against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday when he hit a three-run double in the eighth.

This time he sliced a ball down the left-field line just out of the reach of outfielder Gerardo Parra.

"I saw him dive for it and the ball go by and figured I had to at least get to third," Loney said after his team improved to 9-1 in one-run games at Dodger Stadium.

"We had to try to get runs anyway we could and Casey got one out there (for the sacrifice)."

Arizona starter Jon Garland had a solid outing but lost his third straight decision after allowing just one run and striking out six in six innings of work.

Stephen Drew was 2-for-4 for the Diamondbacks (23-31), which fell 13 games behind the major league-leading Dodgers in the NL West.

In New York, the Texas Rangers leapfrogged the Yankees for the best record in the AL with a 4-2 win.

Scott Feldman pitched into the seventh inning, allowing only one earned run, to win his third consecutive start.

New York catcher Jorge Posada homered for the second straight day. Veteran pitcher Andy Pettitte, who left his previous start with a stiff back, looked shaky over five innings.


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