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Dodgers Blown Out by Dirty Dozen
Posted Apr 23, 2012
Billingsley suffered from longballitis while the offense was shut down.
hit his first career grand slam on a shot that bounced off the glove of Dodgers right fielder
pitched three-hit ball through seven innings Sunday and the
romped past Los Angeles 12-0.
The Astros avoided a sweep and handed the Dodgers their most-lopsided shutout loss since a 13-0 defeat by the Angels in June 2004.
Rodriguez (1-2) struck out six and walked three to get his first win of the season and lower his ERA to 1.42.
and Brandon Lyon pitched an inning each to complete the shutout, which was the first of the year for Los Angeles.
got things going for the Astros with two-run homer in the first inning. Schafer's slam came an inning later and was just the second career grand slam
(2-1) has allowed in his seven-year career and the first since 2008.
Billingsley, who entered the game 4-0 with a 1.78 and ERA in four career starts at Minute Maid Park, allowed four hits and nine runs - five earned - in 3 1-3 innings.
, who leads the majors with nine homers and 22 RBIs, went 0 for 3 to break a 10-game hitting streak. It was only the second hitless game this season for Kemp, who is hitting .450.
The Astros led 2-0 in the second when
walked. A one-out walk by Rodriguez loaded the bases and prompted a short visit to the mound by the pitching coach.
Then came Schafer's grand slam that deflected off Ethier's glove and into the right-field stands. Schafer has reached safely in each of his 16 games this year, the longest string for the Astros since
started the 2000 season with a 17-game stretch.
A sloppy fourth inning by the Dodgers, who finished with a season-high three errors, helped the Astros add three more runs. Castro tripled on a long fly that sailed just past a sprinting Kemp, who lost his cap as he dashed up Tal's Hill in center field to retrieve it.
walked before an error by shortstop
allowed Rodriguez to reached and a run to score. A wild pitch and a walk allowed Houston to make it 8-0 and chase Billingsley.
plunked Johnson on the backside in the fifth inning and he later scored on Castro's single for a 10-0 lead.
Johnson and Altuve each had RBI singles in the eighth.
: Gordon turned 24 on Sunday. ... Uribe was in the starting lineup on Sunday after missing the last four games with an injured left wrist. ... The Dodgers open a series with Atlanta on Monday and the Astros travel to Milwaukee.
Dodgers On Wrong End of Walk-off
Apr 17, 2012
Dodgers Win Behind Billingsley, Rivera
Apr 11, 2012
Bilingsley Shines In Near Complete Game Win
Apr 7, 2012
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