LOS ANGELES – Chad Billingsley hit a go-ahead two-run single in the fourth inning and limited the San Francisco Giants to two hits over eight innings, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-2 victory Friday night.
The Giants, who had their two-game winning streak snapped, remained three games behind first-place San Diego in the NL West. The Dodgers stayed eight games behind Philadelphia in the wild-card race while ending a two-game skid.
Billingsley (11-8) allowed two runs, struck out seven and walked two. Both runs were unearned, the result of a fourth-inning error by shortstop Rafael Furcal, who came off the disabled list earlier Friday.
Furcal misplayed a leadoff grounder by Freddy Sanchez, Aubrey Huff then singled off the glove of second baseman Ryan Theriot and both runners scored on Buster Posey's two-out single over the head of a leaping Furcal.
Billingsley pitched a complete-game 2-0 shutout against the Giants on July 21.
Hong-Chih Kuo pitched the ninth to earn his eighth save in nine chances.
Billingsley singled off Barry Zito (8-11) with two outs in the fourth, putting the Dodgers ahead 4-2. Zito walked Matt Kemp and Casey Blake to open the inning. After getting Ronnie Belliard and Reed Johnson out, Zito intentionally walked Rod Barajas to load the bases, setting up Billingsley to help himself. Right fielder Jose Guillen tried to field Billingsley's hit, but it rolled under his glove.
Zito gave up four runs and four hits in four innings, struck out five and walked four in losing his fifth consecutive start. He is 0-7 in his last 10 outings and hasn't gotten past the fourth inning in his previous four starts.
Blake singled to lead off the second and scored on Barajas' homer into the left-field pavilion that gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. Barajas has four homers and eight RBIs in eight games since joining Dodgers in a trade from the New York Mets on Aug. 22.
Notes: The Dodgers reinstated RHP Vicente Padilla from the 15-day DL and recalled C A.J. Ellis from Triple-A Albuquerque. Furcal was in the starting lineup, batting leadoff. ... Giants RHP Chris Ray was reinstated from the 15-day DL. ... Zito hasn't won since beating the Mets 1-0 on July 16. ... Dodgers owner Frank McCourt attended the game after taking the stand in his divorce trial under way in a nearby courthouse. Furcal's bat went sailing into his box, but McCourt had stepped away. No one was injured.