LOS ANGELES (AP) — Josh Collmenter pitched two-hit ball over six innings in his first major league start, and a miscommunication on a pickoff throw by pitcher Chad Billingsley led to the only run for the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday.
Collmenter (2-0) struck out three, walked none and retired his final 11 batters after giving up Billingsley’s one-out double in the third.
The Diamondbacks got only one hit the entire game while snapping a five-game skid in which each loss was by a one-run margin.
Stephen Drew led off the second inning with a double, and Billingsley (2-3) tried to pick him off. But shortstop Jamey Carroll failed to cover the bag with the lefty-swinging Miguel Montero at the plate, and the ball rolled into center field as Drew barely beat Matt Kemp’s throw to third.
Montero walked and Melvin Mora followed with a sacrifice fly, which began a string of 16 consecutive batters retired by Billingsley — none of whom hit a ball out of the infield.
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