Update 11:50p from Sax: Haters be silenced, as Billingsley stopped the bleeding of a six-game losing streak, giving Joe Torre a win on his managerial record even though he spent the game up in Ned Colletti's suite. Bills had 125 pitches, 80 for strikes, with 5 H, 2 BB, and 3 Ks. Casey Blake went 2-for-4 and had both RBI, including swatting his 10th HR of the year in the second inning. Lost in the box score will also be the fact that Bills' complete game saved Hong-Chih Kuo from having to pitch consecutive nights, always a concern given Kuo's rubber-band elbow tendons.
Dodgers remain six games back of the Padres, who also won, but knocked the second-place Giants to four back of first place. Bring on SoSG Delino's Mets, with almost an identical record, for a four-game series at the Stadium starting tomorrow.
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