Chad Billingsley, the almost-Kershaw, almost wins

The zeroes continued for the Dodgers and Giants tonight, scoreless once again into the seventh inning, before Chad Billingsley, trying to duplicate Clayton Kershaw’s majestic effort from the night before, finally succumbed on a double, a wild pitch and a soft single for a run.

A second run came across for the Giants in the eighth against Dodger relievers George Sherrill and Kenley Jansen – the latter’s wild pitch key to that score. That allowed Giants closer Brian Wilson not to fret about giving Andre Ethier a home run pitch in the ninth, and San Francisco held on for a 2-1 victory.

The Dodgers had run-saving diving plays from Rafael Furcal, Andre Ethier and Jay Gibbons in the field, but the offense is 5 for 57 in the two games.

Billingsley allowed eight baserunners in seven innings, striking out seven and lowering his ERA to 3.55.

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