Cahill Helps Diamondbacks Edge Dodgers
PHOENIX (AP) — Trevor Cahill pitched seven solid innings to help the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 on Saturday night.
Cahill (7-7) gave up three runs and six hits and improved to 17-1 in his past 22 starts when Arizona scores three or more runs.
Trailing 2-0, Arizona scored three runs in the fifth inning. Gerardo Parra had a two-run double and then scored on Stephen Drew’s sacrifice fly. The Diamondbacks added another run in the sixth on Paul Goldschmidt’s sacrifice fly.
Chad Billingsley (4-9) lost his fifth straight start and hasn’t won since June 10 at Seattle. He allowed four runs on six hits and struck out five in six innings.
J.J. Putz pitched the ninth for his 16th save in 19 chances.
The Dodgers cut the lead to 4-3 in the seventh on A.J. Ellis’ seventh home run of the season, but Jason Kubel’s solo home run in the bottom of the eighth restored the two-run advantage.
Los Angeles took a 2-0 lead in the first on Jerry Hairston Jr.’s two-run homer. It was his fourth of the season.
Notes: Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said the first three starting pitchers after the All-Star break will be Ian Kennedy, Joe Saunders and Cahill. All-Star Wade Miley usually has his turn after Kennedy, but will be rested. … 2B Aaron Hill was honored by the club before Saturday’s game for hitting for the cycle twice in 11 days recently. He was given framed lineup cards from both games, and a bike for his daughter.. Dodgers OF Matt Kemp ended his four-game rehab stint with Class A Rancho Cucamonga Friday night and is scheduled for a pair of games with Triple-A Albuquerque over the weekend. … Manager Don Mattingly gave second baseman Mark Ellis a day off Saturday. Ellis had started the past two games only four days removed from returning from the disabled list, but is expected back in the lineup Sunday. … INF Justin Sellers, on the DL with a back injury, is at the Dodgers’ Camelback Ranch facility in nearby Glendale, Ariz., going through baseball activities as part of his rehabilitation. He isn’t expected to rejoin the club immediately after the All-Star break. … Billingsley recorded his 1,000th career strikeout when he fanned Cahill in the third inning, and became the 12th Los Angeles Dodger in history to achieve the feat.