Chad Billingsley pitched seven scoreless innings and singled home a run, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-1 victory over Cincinnati on Tuesday night and sending the Reds to their eighth straight loss at Chavez Ravine.
Billingsley (4-5) won for the fourth time in five starts, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out seven. The right-hander has given up seven earned runs in 32 innings during that stretch, taking a two-hit shutout into the eighth inning of his previous start last Thursday at Milwaukee.
Jonathan Broxton pitched a perfect eighth inning and Joe Beimel gave up a two-out RBI single in the ninth before Takashi Saito nailed it down for his seventh save in nine chances.
Adam Dunn's home-run streak ended at five games, leaving him in a tie with Ken Griffey Jr., Ted Kluszewski and Johnny Bench for the Reds' franchise record. The 6-foot-6 left fielder struck out twice and walked in his three plate apearances against Billingsley, who hasn't allowed a homer in 36 innings spanning his last six starts.
Dunn's RBI streak also ended at eight games, three shy of the club record set by Joe Morgan in 1976.
Matt Belisle (1-4) pitched for the first time in 10 days, allowing three runs and seven hits over six-plus innings with three strikeouts and no walks. The right-hander was skipped one turn in the rotation after his scheduled start last Thursday against the Florida Marlins was postponed.
Belisle limited the Dodgers to four hits over the first five innings, but all of them came during a two-run second that included Billingsley's RBI single. Jeff Kent led off the inning with a single and scored the first run on a fielder's choice grounder by Matt Kemp.
The Dodgers added two more in the seventh. Chin-lung Hu chased Belisle with a leadoff single and scored on Juan Pierre's RBI single off Bill Bray. Pierre scored from third as Russell Martin beat the relay from from second baseman Brandon Phillips on a potential inning-ending double-play grounder to shortstop.
Ken Griffey Jr. was 1-for-3 with a walk, extending his homerless drought to 86 at-bats. His longest was 101 at-bats in 1990 with Seattle, his second season in the big leagues. He remains three homers short of 600.
Kemp started in center for the second straight game in place of Andruw Jones, who has a slight cartilage tear in his right knee. Jones, will rest it for another two days, including Thursday's off-day before the Dodgers decide on Friday whether to let him play through the injury or go on the disabled list. Jones, who signed a two-year, $36.2-million contract, is hitting just .167 with two homers and seven RBIs in 132 at-bats.
"I just iced it down really good today and I felt a little more loose today," Jones told reporters in an empty clubhouse before the Dodgers took batting practice. "I've been playing with injuries my whole career _ knee, elbow, shoulder, back, ribcage _ but this one really got my attention a little bit. So we'll see what happens. Friday I'll know if I'm going to be able to start playing again or shut it down."
Notes:@ The Reds, who have lost 13 of the previous 16 meetings with the Dodgers, haven't won in Los Angeles since July 28, 2005, when Jason LaRue drove in five runs with a pair of homers in a 6-1 victory. ... Belisle who had given up 16 earned runs and 32 hits in 19 1-3 innings in his other four starts this season, went longer than 5 1-3 for the first time.