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Billingsley and Kemp Raise Dodgers to Victory

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Jamey Carroll really didn’t have much to do as an acting manager. With Chad Billingsley (W, 12-11) pitching a shutout after seven innings, the Dodgers went on to a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks despite a bumpy eighth.

“He made it extremely easy,” Carroll said of Billingsley’s performance. “I was praying for that going in. [Billingsley] threw a great game and allowed the decisions to be few compared to the night before.”

However the eighth inning got off to a shaky start when Brandon Allen led with a single and Billingsley hit pinch-hitter Ryan Church with a pitch after Gerardo Parra struck out.

Carroll made his first managerial move walking out to the mound to talk to Billingsley.

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“We knew he was close to where we wanted to take him out,” Carroll said. “We wanted to go out there and get a read on him - trying to read his face more than listen to his words.”

“It was like, ‘Hey Skip,’” Billingsley joked. “He asked me how I was doing, and I’m like just get a double play ball here.”