National League Game Summary - Chicago at Los Angeles

11:59 PM, Aug 3, 2012   |    comments
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Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Chad Billingsley struck out seven over seven strong innings and A.J. Ellis recorded his first career multi-homer game Friday as the Dodgers downed the Cubs, 6-1, in the opener of a three-game set.

Billingsley (7-9) surrendered one run on four hits and two walks to earn his third consecutive victory.

Ellis clubbed a pair of a solo shots and added an RBI single, while Hanley Ramirez stroked a two-run single and scored once to help the Dodgers snap a three-game skid.

Jeff Samardzija (7-9) absorbed the loss, giving up five runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings. Luis Valbuena knocked in the lone run for Chicago, which has dropped three straight games.

Ellis clubbed his first homer of the night into left-center field to give LA a 1-0 lead in the third, but Chicago responded in the fifth as Darwin Barney stroked a one-out single and Valbuena followed with a double down the first- base line to plate Barney and knot the game at 1-1.

LA recaptured the lead for good in the bottom half as Ramirez doubled to start the frame and quickly scored as James Loney followed with a Tobago of his own.

Loney then moved to third on a flyout before Ellis plated him with a line- drive single to left to make it a 3-1 contest.

The Dodgers tacked on two more in the sixth as Mark Ellis singled and Matt Kemp followed with a hit to put men on second and third with no outs.

Ramirez then ripped a line-drive single two batters later to plate a pair as the home team grabbed a 5-1 advantage and knocked Samardzija out of the game.

A.J. Ellis then clubbed his second homer of the game in the seventh, a leadoff blast over the wall in right-center to extend the lead to 6-1.

GAME NOTES:
LA outfielder Shane Victorino, who the club acquired from Philadelphia on Tuesday, recorded his first hit as a Dodger with a one-out single in the seventh...Billingsley improved to 5-4 in 12 lifetime appearances against the Cubs...Before the game, the Dodgers acquired pitcher Joe Blanton from the Phillies in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

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