On a night when the Dodgers bullpen needed some relief, Chad Billingsley provided it, throwing a 125-pitch shutout, beating the Giants 2-0 to salvage a game against San Francisco. He may have only struck out three batters, but 16 groundouts helped Billingsley shake hands with his catcher.
Billingsley has two career shutouts, both at home against the Giants, the last one coming July 30, 2008.
The last shutout by a Dodger pitcher was by Eric Stults, who also shutout the Giants at home, on May 9, 2009, 225 games ago.
Casey Blake drove in both runs for the Dodgers, with a home run in the second inning and a single in the eighth.
Everything feels better in Dodger land tonight. The Dodgers take their one-game winning streak into a four-game series against the Mets, starting tomorrow with Hiroki Kuroda facing Hisanori Takahashi.
WP - Chad Billingsley (8-5): 9 IP, 5 hits, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts
LP - Barry Zito (8-5): 7 1/3 IP, 6 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts