Cincinnati Reds pummel Dodgers' Chad Billingsley in 7-2 victory
Dodgers starting pitcher Chad Billingsley had another terrible outing Wednesday afternoon as the Cincinnati Reds cruised to a 7-2 win over the Dodgers to sweep their three-game series at Dodger Stadium.
Billingsley unintentionally helped Reds Manager Dusty Baker celebrate his 62nd birthday by allowing all seven runs on nine hits in only four innings of work. The right-hander also walked four Reds.
In his prior game, Billingsley (5-6) was tagged for six runs and a career-high 13 hits by the Rockies in Denver.
Cincinnati third baseman Scott Rolen did the most damage Wednesday, slugging three hits -- including two doubles -- to drive in three runs in front of an announced crowd of 30,443 on a Dodgers "throwback day," with the teams wearing uniforms from the 1940s.
The Dodgers' initial run came in the first inning when Reds pitcher Travis Wood had a shaky start and issued a bases-loaded walk to Marcus Thames. But Wood (5-4) settled down and otherwise held the Dodgers scoreless on five hits in his six innings of work.
The Dodgers added a run in the seventh inning off Reds reliever Jose Arredondo when Jamey Carroll singled, moved to third base on Matt Kemp's double and scored when Juan Uribe grounded out.
The Dodgers also threatened in the third inning when they had runners on first and second with two out and James Loney hit a line drive to the left-field corner. But Reds leftfielder Jonny Gomes made a spectacular diving, back-handed catch to end the inning.
At 31-39, the Dodgers are now eight games below .500 for the first time this season. They have the day off Thursday before opening a three-game series with the Houston Astros on Friday at Chavez Ravine.
Photo: Scott Rolen of the Cincinnati Reds hits a double in the second inning Wednesday as Dodgers catcher Rod Barajas and umpire Gerry Davis look on at Dodger Stadium. Credit: Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press