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Dodgers Ineffective against Snakes

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The Dodgers offense was thoroughly stymied in their 4-1 loss against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley and DBacks starter Max Scherzer had a nice pitchers’ duel going. Both were shutting out the opposing team while Billingsley went one better - a perfect game through four innings.

Then the fifth inning happened which was an inning sooner than his usual sixth inning collapse.

With one out catcher Miguel Montero doubled to left-center field. First baseman Brandon Allen took the next pitch to the right field pavilion to give the DBacks a 2-0 lead.

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After center fielder Alex Romero singled and second baseman Augie Ojeda struck out, Scherzer gave himself a 3-0 lead by singling to left sending Romero to third.

Shortstop Stephen Drew singled to short scoring Romero, but shortstop Rafael Furcal made a throwing error trying to get the force play at second. The ball ended up ricocheting off the base and into the wall allowing Scherzer and Drew to advance to third and second respectively.

Left fielder Gerardo Parra gave the DBacks a 4-0 lead hitting an infield single weakly to third allowing Scherzer to score.

Billingsley got right fielder Justin Upton to pop up to second to end the inning. The tragic part was that despite making an error and walking a man, Billingsley got out of the sixth inning unscathed.