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Originally published Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 10:18 PM

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Billingsley wins 4th straight, Dodgers top Rockies

Chad Billingsley shrugged off an inside-the-park home run by Eric Young Jr. on his fourth pitch of the game to win his fourth straight start, Matt Kemp hit a three-run homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 6-4 on Wednesday night to avoid a three-game sweep by baseball's worst pitching staff.

The Associated Press

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LOS ANGELES —

Chad Billingsley shrugged off an inside-the-park home run by Eric Young Jr. on his fourth pitch of the game to win his fourth straight start, Matt Kemp hit a three-run homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 6-4 on Wednesday night to avoid a three-game sweep by baseball's worst pitching staff.

Billingsley (8-9) was charged with four runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings and struck out five against a starting lineup that included five rookie position players. The right-hander has a 2.02 ERA in his last four starts, after going 0-5 with a 6.21 ERA in his previous five outings and landing on the disabled list because of elbow pain. He has never won more than four consecutive starts during his seven-year career.

Ronald Belisario relieved Billingsley with runners at first and second and gave up a single by Young. Gold Glove right fielder Andre Ethier misplayed it, allowing DJ LeMahieu to score and trim the Dodgers' lead to 6-4. But Belisario pitched a hitless eighth and Kenley Jansen got three outs for his 22nd save in 28 attempts.

Jeff Francis threw 73 pitches over four innings, allowing three runs and four hits and departing with the score tied 3-all. It was the sixth straight game in which a Colorado starting pitcher didn't reach the fifth inning.

The Rockies, who are going with a four-man rotation and a 75-pitch limit on each of them, have only one victory by a starter in their last 23 games. That was by Francis, a 4-2 decision at Arizona on July 25. The left-hander is 1-3 with a 6.89 ERA over his last seven outings - a stretch in which he has allowed eight home runs.

Carlos Torres (1-1) took over in the fifth and found himself in a bases-loaded jam with no outs on Shane Victorino's single, a walk to Mark Ellis and an infield hit by Kemp to deep shortstop. The right-hander forced in the go-ahead run with a four-pitch walk to Hanley Ramirez, but rookie third baseman Jordan Pacheco snared a scorching line drive by Ethier and then started a 5-4-3 double play on a grounder by Juan Rivera.

The Dodgers extended their margin to 6-3 with two sixth-inning runs off Torres. After Matt Treanor was hit by a pitch Billingsley sacrificed him to second and Victorino singled him home. The "Flyin' Hawaiian" then scored all the way from first on Ellis' single to right-center.

The switch-hitting Young sped around the bases with his first career inside-the-park homer after driving a 2-1 pitch off the fence in center field and watching the ball bounce past Kemp and back toward the infield. Dexter Fowler, who came in 3-for-17 against Billingsley, doubled and scored the second run of the inning on Tyler Colvin's single.

But the Dodgers, who were 0-for-18 with runners in scoring position during the first two games of the series, grabbed a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the first on Kemp's 17th homer - and his first with more than one runner aboard. The Rockies have been outscored 17-4 in the first inning during Francis' 13 starts.

Pacheco doubled with one out in the Rockies' fourth and came home with the Rockies' third run on a single by LeMahieu.

NOTES: Treanor couldn't contain his joy after his wife, Misty May-Treanor teamed up with Kerri Walsh Jennings to win their third straight Olympic gold medal in beach volleyball on Wednesday. "I didn't quite see the last few points, because we had a bad Internet connection," Treanor said before batting practice. "But as soon as we got it back, they were celebrating and she was screaming into the camera. So I knew that things were all good. My eyes were still red from crying - and here comes Kemp, giving me a big hug and screaming: `USA! USA!' So I'm going to see if I can't get him and a couple of the boys on a little video and send it over to Misty - because she's been shouting us out (from London). It would be good for her to know how much these guys appreciate it. I sent her an e-mail and I told her to wreck the town. When I get home tonight, I'll sit back and watch the end of the second game and probably do a little bit more crying, probably a lot of yelling." ... Treanor isn't the only Dodger to be married to an Olympic gold medal winner. Former 1B Todd Zeile (1997-98), has been married for 23 years to Julianne McNamara, the first American female gymnast to win the all-around title (1980) and the female from the U.S. to earn a perfect 10.0 at the Summer Games. Former INF Nomar Garciaparra (2006-08) is married to Mia Hamm, a member of the 2004 gold medal-winning U.S. women's soccer team. ... Young's father hit two inside-the-park homers during his 15-year career. The first was against the Cubs' Dan Plesac at Coors Field on April 23, 1994, the other with Milwaukee against Jeff Austin on May 11, 2003 at Cincinnati.

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