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Two runs enough
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Dodgers 2, Astros 0
Manny Ramirez hits an RBI single during the first inning Thursday.  (David J. Phillip/AP)
Manny Ramirez's RBI single and Casey Blake's RBI double were enough for Chad Billingsley, who tossed 7 1/3 shutout innings and became the first Dodgers pitcher to win his first four starts since Kaz Ishii, who began the 2002 season by winning his first six.
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Series at a glance:
LAD
LA Dodgers (11-5)
Won 1
LA Dodgers 2, Houston 0   HOU
Houston (6-10)
Lost 1
April 23, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
LA Dodgers
1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0   2 8 1
Houston
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 4 0
Standings thru 4/23/09  |  Recap: LAD | HOU  |  Gameday  |  Dodgers stats  |  Astros stats
LA Dodgers AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Furcal, SS 3 1 1 0 1 0 1 .254
Hudson, O, 2B 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 .385
Ramirez, M, LF 4 0 2 1 0 1 0 .345
Ethier, RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .298
Martin, R, C 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 .226
Loney, 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 .262
Kemp, CF 3 1 1 0 1 0 1 .362
Blake, 3B 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 .240
Billingsley, P 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .167
  Broxton, J, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 33 2 8 2 2 5 17  

BATTING
2B: Hudson, O (4, Rodriguez, W), Blake (3, Geary).
TB: Hudson, O 3; Blake 2; Furcal; Ramirez, M 2; Loney; Kemp.
RBI: Ramirez, M (12), Blake (11).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Loney; Martin, R; Hudson, O.
Team RISP: 1-for-9.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
E: Furcal (3, throw).
DP: 3 (Hudson, O-Furcal-Loney 2, Martin, R-Furcal).

 
Houston AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Matsui, K, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .220
Tejada, M, SS 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 .365
Berkman, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 .200
Lee, Ca, LF 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .263
Blum, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .318
  1-Smith, J, PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Erstad, RF 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 .143
Rodriguez, I, C 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .245
Bourn, CF 2 0 1 0 1 1 1 .261
Rodriguez, W, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Michaels, PH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .278
  Geary, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  b-Pence, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .304
  Wright, W, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 27 0 4 0 2 7 15  

a-Hit by pitch for Rodriguez, W in the 6th. b-Lined out for Geary in the 8th.
1-Ran for Blum in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Tejada, M (4, Billingsley).
TB: Tejada, M 3; Erstad; Bourn.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lee, Ca; Tejada, M; Matsui, K; Erstad 2.
SAC: Rodriguez, W; Matsui, K.
GIDP: Rodriguez, I, Berkman.
Team RISP: 0-for-9.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
SB: Bourn (3, 2nd base off Broxton, J/Martin, R).
CS: Rodriguez, I (2, 2nd base by Billingsley/Martin, R).

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Bourn (Hudson, O at 3rd base).
DP: (Tejada, M-Berkman).

 
LA Dodgers IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Billingsley (W, 4-0) 7.1 3 0 0 2 5 0 2.05
Broxton, J (S, 5) 1.2 1 0 0 0 2 0 1.08
 
Houston IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Rodriguez, W (L, 1-2) 6.0 5 1 1 2 4 0 1.80
Geary 2.0 2 1 1 0 1 0 5.40
Wright, W 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6.75

WP: Broxton, J.
HBP: Michaels (by Billingsley), Blum (by Broxton, J).
Pitches-strikes: Billingsley 105-68, Broxton, J 30-21, Rodriguez, W 105-67, Geary 28-20, Wright, W 10-6.
Groundouts-flyouts: Billingsley 9-3, Broxton, J 2-0, Rodriguez, W 8-5, Geary 3-2, Wright, W 0-1.
Batters faced: Billingsley 26, Broxton, J 7, Rodriguez, W 24, Geary 8, Wright, W 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Broxton, J 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Tony Randazzo. 1B: Chris Guccione. 2B: Ed Montague. 3B: Jerry Layne.
Weather: 73 degrees, roof closed.
Wind: 1 mph, Varies.
T: 2:53.
Att: 26,081.
Venue: Minute Maid Park.
April 23, 2009
April 23, 2009

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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