(Thanks to SoSG Nomo for the headline!)
The good Chad Billingsley showed up tonight, allowing only one run over seven innings (with some defensive help from Andre Ethier). The better Cliff Lee also showed up, shutting down the Dodger bats over those same seven. The Dodgers showed some life in the eighth, opening the inning with a Matt Treanor double. But Tony Gwynn Jr. bunted and Lee gunned down Treanor at third. Then Bobby Abreu singled, but Hunter Pence gunned down Gwynn at third. It was looking like another Dodger loss to the Phillies.
Enter Elian Herrera. After a Dee Gordon single kept the inning alive, Herrera weathered a host of Lee's breaking balls and on the seventh pitch of the at-bat doubled just inches over the glove of a leaping Juan Pierre. Lindblom gets the hold, Jansen gets the save and Billingsley gets his first win in ten starts.
Dodgers pull out another one-run victory and move to 35-21. Yes, a major-league best 35-21!