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The Dodgers got a little contribution from everyone in their 7-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Seven players scored the seven runs with seven players driving in those runs. Everyone in the starting lineup got a hit with rightfielder Andre Ethier and second baseman Orlando Hudson going 3-for-4 with a run each and an RBI each.

“It was a big game for us for a lot of reason,” manager Joe Torre said of the win. “Winning a ballgame for one, and of course getting [Chad] Billingsley back in the swing of things.”

Billingsley pitched six strong innings giving up only two earned runs on three hits in his first start since tweaking his right hamstring on August 7.

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“It felt great to get back out there,” Billingsley said. “We played really well as a team.”

The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth when with one out Russell Martin lined a double just over the head of a back-pedaling centerfielder Rick Ankiel. That double broke Martin’s 10-game stretch without an extra-base hit.

Hudson grounded a single to leftfield on the next pitch sending Martin to third. Billingsley then drew first blood blooping a single to right-center scoring Martin.

The singles party continued in the inning when Furcal grounded a single through the hole at second scoring Hudson giving the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. Juan Pierre would end the inning lining out to rightfielder Ryan Ludwick while Billingsley halfway to third got doubled off of second.