Found August 19, 2012 on Fox Sports West:
Los-angeles-dodgers-louis
ATLANTA (AP) -- Chad Billingsley combined with two relievers for a three-hit shutout to win his sixth straight start, rookie Luis Cruz homered for the second game in a row and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 5-0 on Sunday. Mark Ellis drove in four runs, three with a bases-loaded double in the ninth. Billingsley (10-9) gave up three hits in seven innings, striking out four and walking two. He is 6-0 since the All-Star break after losing five straight. He reached 10 wins for the sixth straight season. Ronald Belisario and Scott Elbert each pitched a perfect inning to complete the shutout. The Dodgers now return home to open a series Monday night against San Francisco for the NL West lead. Los Angeles took two of three to Atlanta's streak of seven straight series wins. The Braves head to Washington to begin a three-game series against the NL East-leading Nationals. Cruz homered deep into the left-field seats in the fifth off Mike Minor (6-10) for a 1-0 lead. Cruz hit one of the Dodgers' four homers in their 6-2 win over the Braves on Saturday night. Minor kept up his string of strong starts by allowing one run on five hits and no walks in seven innings. He hasn't allowed more than three runs in his last eight starts, but he has three straight losses. Chad Durbin walked pinch-hitter Juan Uribe to start with eighth. Uribe moved to third on Shane Victorino's hit-and-run single to left and scored when a flyball hit by Ellis dropped in front of right fielder Jason Heyward for a single. Heyward lost the ball in the sun even though he was wearing sunglasses. Heyward lost another ball in the sun in the ninth, giving A.J. Ellis a double off Cristhian Martinez. Pinch-hitter Adam Kennedy followed with a bloop single to left between shortstop Paul Janish and left fielder Reed Johnson. Cristhian Martinez walked Victorino to load the bases. Mark Ellis followed with his three-run double down the left-field line for a 5-0 lead. There was sarcastic applause from the crowd of 26,798 when Heyward caught Matt Kemp's flyball for the second out of the ninth. Heyward tripled with two outs in the fourth for Atlanta's first hit. Billingsley walked Freddie Freeman before Dan Uggla popped out. The Braves' only other scoring opportunity against Billingsley came when Michael Bourn singled with one out in the sixth, stole second and moved to third on Martin Prado's grounder. Heyward struck out to end the inning, and then tossed his bat and helmet in frustration. Braves catcher Brian McCann was 0 for 3 after sitting out two straight games. He said Saturday he has a cyst and a frayed labrum in his right shoulder but can play through the discomfort. He is hitting only .103 (4 for 39) in August and .227 overall. NOTES: Elbert was activated from the 15-day DL. The Dodgers optioned utilityman Elian Herrera to Triple-A Albuquerque. Elbert had been out since July 26 with left elbow inflammation. ... Braves SS Andrelton Simmons, on the 15-day DL since July 13 with a broken right little finger, still hasn't been cleared for baseball activities. ... RHP Tim Hudson will look for his 13th win when he faces Washington's Jordan Zimmermann on Monday night. Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw will face the Giants' Madison Bumgarner on Monday night.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

The Final Days Of James Loney

I remember a time when I thought James Loney was going to be the first baseman of the future, that pretty swing, his natural athleticism, boy did he fool us. It’s rare that someone with all the talent that James Loney possesses is unable to put it all together. Especially after putting together a couple of nice seasons. 2009 seems like such a long time ago. That was the last...

Ramirez thanks coach Mota for confidence boost

ATLANTA One of the Dodgers at the center of Hanley Ramirez's transition to the team is coach Manny Mota. Ramirez, acquired three weeks ago from Miami after his relationship with the Marlins soured, batted .395 with 14 runs batted in during the Dodgers' trip that ended Sunday, and he gave much of the credit to Mota for boosting his confidence. Mota, 74, said he and Ramirez...

Dodgers' Mattingly expects to be suspended

The Los Angeles Dodgers had a day to calm down after their angry series finale in Pittsburgh, but word on any possible discipline for their actions won't come until at least the weekend. Manager Don Mattingly on Friday spoke with former Dodgers manager Joe Torre, now in charge of discipline for Major League Baseball. Both Mattingly and Kemp were ejected Thursday and aggressively...

Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly Suspended Two Games for Arguing With Umpires

ATLANTA -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has been suspended for two games, beginning with Saturday night's game against the Braves. Mattingly was also given an undisclosed fine "for excessive arguing" with home plate umpire Angel Campos in Thursday's 10-6 loss in Pittsburgh. Mattingly and outfielder Matt Kemp were ejected in the game. The suspension was announced...

Braves blanked by Billingsley in loss to LA

ATLANTA (AP) -- Chad Billingsley combined with two relievers for a three-hit shutout to win his sixth straight start, rookie Luis Cruz homered for the second game in a row and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 5-0 on Sunday. Mark Ellis drove in four runs, three with a bases-loaded double in the ninth. Billingsley (10-9) gave up three hits in seven innings, striking...

Dodgers 5, Braves 0

Chad Billingsley combined with two relievers for a three-hit shutout to win his sixth straight start, rookie Luis Cruz homered for the second game in a row and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 5-0 on Sunday. Mark Ellis drove in four runs, three with a bases-loaded double in the ninth. Billingsley (10-9) gave up three hits in seven innings, striking out four and walking...

Dodgers' four hits are all homers

Hanley Ramirez drove in four runs with two homers, including the first of three straight shots by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning Saturday night during a 6-2 win over the Atlanta Braves. Ramirez, James Loney and Luis Cruz hit consecutive homers in a span of four pitches from Ben Sheets. Ramirez added a three-run homer in the sixth. The four homers were the Dodgers...

Video: Dodgers hit back-to-back-to-back home runs

The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night, fueled by an offensive barrage in the second inning in which Hanley Ramirez, James Loney and Luis Cruz hit three consecutive home runs off starter Ben Sheets. Ramirez, a former batting champion with the Marlins, is batting .322 with the Dodgers since joining the team in July. In addition to a solid batting average...

Dodgers' Mattingly suspended two games

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly began serving a two-game suspension Saturday, punishment for his role in an argument with plate umpire Angel Campos on Thursday. According to MLB.com, Mattingly was told in a letter from Joe Garagiola, Major League Baseball's senior vice president of standards and on-field operations, that he was being suspended for failing to control...

Don Mattingly Suspended Two Games, Matt Kemp Escapes Punishment

Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports that the MLB has suspended Don Mattingly two games for “excessive arguing”, but Matt Kemp escaped unharmed. Don Mattingly got what he expected on Saturday, as the Dodgers manager was suspended for two games for his argument with umpires and subsequent ejection on Thursday in Pittsburgh. But more

Participating In MLB Fan Cave Put Dee Gordon & Jerry Hairston Jr. On The DL

The involvement of Dee Gordon and Jerry Hairston Jr. in this MLB Fan Cave bit is obviously correlated to their current injuries. Your browser does not support iframes. The lesson here is to never do this again

Braves rocked by Ramirez, Dodgers

ATLANTA (AP) -- Hanley Ramirez drove in four runs with two homers, including the first of three straight shots by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning Saturday night during a 6-2 win over the Atlanta Braves. A crowd of 42,219 attended Major League Baseball's sixth Civil Rights Game. Commissioner Bud Selig sat with Rachel Robinson, the widow of Jackie Robinson, who broke...

Ramirez hits 2 HRs, Dodgers beat Braves

ATLANTA (AP) -- Hanley Ramirez drove in four runs with two homers, including the first of three straight shots by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning Saturday night during a 6-2 win over the Atlanta Braves. A crowd of 42,219 attended Major League Baseball's sixth Civil Rights Game. Commissioner Bud Selig sat with Rachel Robinson, the widow of Jackie Robinson, who broke...

Dodgers Minor League Report - 8/19/12

Jerry Sands extends his hitting streak to 20 games as the Isotopes post a shutout win.

GIFcap: Wish Ryan Braun had an “L” in his name so I could make an “LOL” title for this GIF

Now Ryan Braun understands how Matt Kemp felt last year
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.