Wade Miley wiggled out of a couple jams while pitching into the seventh inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks snapped the Los Angeles Dodgers' five-game winning streak with a 5-1 victory Tuesday night.
Miley (4-1) yielded eight hits and walked one in 6 2-3 innings, but managed to limit Los Angeles to just one run on Mark Ellis' homer. The 25-year-old left-hander is 3-1 with a 2.35 ERA in five starts since being inserted into the rotation on April 23 to replace Daniel Hudson, who is out with a right shoulder impingement.
Ellis finished with three hits in the Dodgers' first game since star center fielder Matt Kemp went on the 15-day disabled list because of a left hamstring strain. They still own the best record in baseball at 24-12.
Chad Billingsley (2-3) threw 77 pitches in four-plus innings and was charged with four runs and eight hits in his 200th regular-season game. The right-hander is 0-3 with a 5.34 ERA in his last five starts, a stretch that began with a 12-0 loss at Houston in which he lasted only 3 1-3 innings.
Arizona loaded the bases in the second when Miley reached on a strikeout-wild pitch after a two-out intentional walk to Aaron Hill. Billingsley then walked Gerardo Parra to force in a run, but he minimized the damage by retiring Willie Bloomquist to end the inning.
The Diamondbacks opened the fifth with six consecutive singles, including run-scoring hits by Justin Upton and Miguel Montero against Billingsley and another RBI single by Jason Kubel against Javy Guerra. But Ryan Roberts grounded into a 5-2-3 double play and Aaron Hill grounded out with a chance to break the game open.
Lyle Overbay drove in Arizona's fifth run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh, again with the bags full. The Diamondbacks came in 6 for 30 in bases-loaded situations.
NOTES: Dodgers RF Andre Ethier, who won his first Gold Glove last year, started in center for the first time in seven big league seasons — and caught the game's first two outs. He also made a diving catch to rob Upton of a hit in the sixth. ... Ethier also started the 2010 All-Star game in center field and played 90 minor league games at that position between 2004 and 2005. ... Scott Van Slyke, the son of former major leaguer Andy Van Slyke, was in the starting lineup for the first time in the big leagues. He played RF and was 0 for 4 while batting third in front of Ethier. ... Dodgers 1988 Cy Young Award winner and World Series MVP Orel Hershiser threw out a ceremonial first pitch on a night when the club handed out Hershiser bobbleheads. His catcher was another Dodgers Cy Young Award winner, Clayton Kershaw. ... The Dodgers wore black caps with an interlocking "LA" during batting practice as a show of support for the NHL's Kings in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. The Kings beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-0 to take a 2-0 series lead back to Staples Center. ... Miley helped fuel the fifth-inning rally with a single and has six hits in 16 at-bats this season.