Series: Game 2 of 4

Series tied 1-1 (as of 7/18)

Game 1: Monday, July 17
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Game 2: Tuesday, July 18
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Game 3: Wednesday, July 19
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Game 4: Thursday, July 20
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Dodgers 4

(47-47, 19-29 away)

Diamondbacks 1

(46-47, 22-25 home)

    9:40 PM ET, July 18, 2006

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    W: C. Billingsley (1-2)

    L: J. Cruz (3-5)

    Dodgers' Billingsley tosses gem for first big-league win

    PHOENIX (AP) -- Chad Billingsley's long-awaited first major league victory was a gem.

    The 21-year-old right-hander threw seven scoreless innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1 Tuesday night.

    "That was a big shot in the arm for him," Dodgers manager Grady Little said. "He's pitched a few good ballgames for us and come away with nothing to show for it, but he was outstanding out there tonight. You can't say enough about the way he pitched."

    Billingsley (1-2) scattered six hits in the longest outing of his seven big-league starts, striking out four and walking two. Billingsley has thrown 14 straight scoreless innings, but had struggled with control problems since coming up from the minors in June.

    "It was just me battling myself and giving the hitters too much credit," Billingsley said. "Today I just went out there and trusted my stuff and got ahead of the hitters, and just put guys away."

    The Diamondbacks were surprised by the youngster's array of pitches.

    "Fastball, curve, cutter, change -- it's good stuff," manager Bob Melvin said. "He threw a lot of cutters, some sliders at a little lesser speed, and some changeups, and had more pitches than we were aware of."

    Billingsley has been working on his cutter, and used it effectively against the seven lefty batters in Arizona's starting lineup.

    "He showed what he can do," said catcher Russell Martin, who also teamed with Billingsley in the minors. "He didn't even have his best stuff today."

    It was good enough to impress Arizona's Orlando Hudson.

    "That's the first time I've faced him," Hudson said. "He's got a good live fastball, a hard cutter, a great curveball. I tell you what, he had command of his pitches tonight."

    Nomar Garciaparra doubled, tripled and drove in a run in the Dodgers' first win since the All-Star break.

    Willy Aybar doubled twice with an RBI after being called up from Triple-A Las Vegas earlier in the day when Jeff Kent went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle in his left side.

    "He's like a lot of our other young players," Little said. "As soon as they hit the door, they come in there swingin' and making some noise."

    J.D. Drew had an RBI single and Andre Ethier brought in a run with a sacrifice fly.

    The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Ethier walked with two outs and scored from first on Aybar's double into the right-field corner, where Arizona's Jeff DaVanon had a hard time coming up with the ball.

    Diamondbacks starter Juan Cruz got into more trouble in the fifth. Kenny Lofton's walk and Garciaparra's ground-rule double put runners at second and third with one out. Drew singled home Lofton and Garciaparra scored on Ethier's sacrifice fly to make it 3-0.

    Stephen Drew and pinch-hitter Andy Green singled to start the Arizona fifth, but Billingsley got three straight outs to end the threat.

    Cruz (3-5) allowed three runs and six hits in five innings. He struck out four, walked three and hit a batter with a pitch.

    Tony Pena, called up from Triple-A Tucson on Tuesday, allowed one run in 1 2-3 innings in his major league debut. Gold Glove second baseman Hudson misread Lofton's grounder in the seventh and it bounced past him for a double. Garciaparra then hit a run-scoring triple off Pena to make it 4-0.

    Hudson hit a two-out RBI single off Takashi Saito in the ninth before Stephen Drew fouled out to Martin for the final out.

    Arizona center fielder Eric Byrnes robbed Ramon Martinez of a hit with a headfirst, diving catch in the eighth.

    Game Notes
    After being ejected in the first inning Monday night, and having third base umpire Angel Hernandez toss his cap to a fan in the stands, Dodgers first base coach Mariano Duncan delivered the lineup to the umps at home plate before Tuesday's game with his cap taped to his head. ... Arizona C Johnny Estrada threw two runners out at second. On the second one, Stephen Drew tagged out brother J.D. to end the fifth. ... Diamondbacks 1B Conor Jackson sat out his second straight game with a right shoulder strain. ... Estrada's hitting streak ended at 11 games. ... Arizona had four left-handed batters and three switch hitters in its starting lineup.

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