Dodgers start Chad Billingsley, RHP (7-3, 3.34) vs. Roy Oswalt, RHP (12-6, 3.42).
Dodgers: 60-57 (4th place NL West, 6.0 GB, L2)
Astros: 52-65 (4th place NL Central, 9.5 GB, W1)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: Billingsley's ERA went down, but he was tagged for his third consecutive defeat after winning his first seven decisions. Billingsley had one of his strange starts. He needed 98 pitches to get through five innings, allowing six hits and four walks, but only one run. He was able to keep the ball in a park -- Great American Ball Park -- known for home runs.
Astros: Oswalt was magnificent for a fourth consecutive outing in his start on Wednesday against the Cubs, pitching six shutout innings with four strikeouts. He got into early trouble with walks but got out of jams with strikeouts when he had to. In his last five appearances, he's given up two earned runs in 25 1/3 innings, and his ERA has dropped from 3.91 to 3.42 in that span.
- Just what a struggling offense needs—Roy Oswalt.
From Inside the Dodgers: