Dodgers snap six-game slide

Associated Press  |  Last updated April 21, 2013
Mark Ellis drove in three runs, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat erratic Jake Arrieta and the Baltimore Orioles 7-4 Sunday to snap a six-game losing streak. Matt Kemp singled in the go-ahead run during a four-run fifth inning, and the Dodgers received a solid performance from their bullpen in the finale of the three-game interleague series. Making his fourth start of the season, Arrieta (1-1) allowed only two singles in four-plus innings. But he walked five - three of whom scored - and hit a batter, who also came home. Adam Jones homered for the Orioles and Chris Davis had three hits. Before the game, the Dodgers put scheduled starter Craig Billingsley on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow soreness and recalled Stephen Fife from Triple-A Albuquerque to take his place on the mound. Billingsley, who finished last season with soreness in the same elbow, will return to Los Angeles on Tuesday for further medical evaluation. It was another blow to the struggling Dodgers, whose starting rotation was already without Zach Greinke (left broken collarbone), Chris Capuano (left calf strain) and Ted Lilly (left shoulder surgery). Fife, who started five games with Los Angeles last season, recovered from a rocky start to allow four runs and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings. J.P. Howell (1-0) gave up a single before getting the final out in the fifth. Matt Guerrier and Paco Rodriguez each pitched a hitless inning, Kenley Jansen allowed a single in the eighth and Brandon League got three outs for his fifth save. Down 4-1, the Dodgers took advantage of Arrieta's wildness to score four runs in the fifth. After sandwiching two walks around a hit batter, Arrieta was pulled after giving up a two-run single to Ellis. Adrian Gonzalez greeted T.J. McFarland with a liner into the left-field corner that glanced off the glove of Nate McLouth for an RBI double, and Kemp capped the uprising with a run-scoring single. The four runs matched the most by Los Angeles in one inning this season. Arrieta, who gave up five runs, has not yet pitched more than five innings in any start this season. Over 19 innings, the right-hander has allowed 15 hits, 16 walks and 14 earned runs. A.J. Ellis singled in a run in the seventh and Jerry Hairston delivered a sacrifice fly in the ninth. Baltimore welcomed Fife back to the majors in rude fashion, sending eight batters to the plate in a three-run first. Nick Markakis singled in a run, J.J. Hardy hit a bases-loaded single with two outs and Fife contributed to the onslaught by throwing a wild pitch and hitting a batter. Arrieta retired the first six batters but lost control in the third. He walked three batters and yielded a sacrifice fly to Mark Ellis before striking out Kemp with two outs and the bases loaded. In the bottom half, Jones hit a drive into the left field seats for a 4-1 lead. NOTES : For the first time in six games, the Orioles did not allow a first-inning run. ... The Dodgers get a welcome day off Monday before resuming their road trip in New York against the Mets. Baltimore will send Chris Tillman to the mound Monday in the opener of a three-game set against visiting Toronto. ... Jones has reached safely in 17 of 18 games. ... Davis went 7 for 12 in the series to up his batting average to .403.
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