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Kemp Helps Dodgers Avoid Sweep From Rockies

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Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a three run home run in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies on August 8, 2012 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a three run home run in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies on August 8, 2012 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) Chad Billingsley shrugged off an inside-the-park home run by Eric Young Jr. on his fourth pitch of the game to win his fourth straight start, Matt Kemp hit a three-run homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 6-4 on Wednesday night to avoid a three-game sweep by baseball’s worst pitching staff.

Billingsley (8-9) was charged with four runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings and struck out five against a starting lineup that included five rookie position players. The right-hander has a 2.02 ERA in his last four starts, after going 0-5 with a 6.21 ERA in his previous five outings and landing on the disabled list because of elbow pain. He has never won more than four consecutive starts during his seven-year career.

Ronald Belisario pitched a hitless eighth and Kenley Jansen got three outs for his 22nd save in 28 attempts.

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