Los Angeles Dodgers: Win Third Straight Against the Astros, Take Series 3-1

Molly GraySenior Analyst IJuly 3, 2008

The Dodgers’ win streak wasn’t the only one to be prolonged as Chad Billingsley puts away his fourth straight win finishing eight innings up 5-2, which would end up being the final score.

Billingsley, who is 8-7 on the season, brought his ERA to 3.12 with six hits, five strikeouts, and one walk.

Takashi Saito held the game in the ninth for the Dodgers. Saito currently has an ERA of 2.27 over 35.2 innings in 2008.

Los Angeles’ young players started the game off early when a single by Blake DeWitt brought in two, and a double from James Loney brought in one, bringing the first inning to 3-0.

Loney contributed again in the sixth with a home run, following Andre Ethier’s leadoff homer in the third.

The Astros only runs came in the fifth off of an error by Luis Maza that came with two outs against J.R. Towles.

Towles’ double brought in the two unearned runs for Houston.

Maza moved to second after Jeff Kent left the game in the fifth with back stiffness.

The losing pitcher was Brandon Backe, bringing his record to 5-9 on the season with a grueling ERA of 5.22.

Backe gave up all five of Los Angeles’ runs, leaving the game after 6 2/3 innings. The Astros also pitched Geoff Geary, Doug Brocail, and Tim Byrdak, who were all successful in holding the Dodgers to five runs.