GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Chad Billingsley and Ryan Dempster hope they pitch nearly as well in April as they did Tuesday in the Cactus League.

Billingsley, set to be the Dodgers’ No. 2 starter, gave up four hits in six shutout innings to help Los Angeles beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 in 10 innings.

He ran into trouble in his final inning, giving up a hit and two walks before a sliding catch in center field by Xavier Paul bailed him out.

Billingsley threw 94 pitches.

Dempster, the Cubs’ opening-day starter, continued his excellent spring by giving up one run and six hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked one, lowering his ERA to 1.88.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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