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Dodgers Win Next To Final Game Of D-backs Season, 3-2

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Chad Billingsley carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer, as the Los Angeles Dodgers took a 3-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the middle contest of a three- game series.

Billingsley (12-11) ended up allowing two runs on four hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings, and struck out nine.Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth to get his fourth save.

Reed Johnson's sacrifice fly in the sixth plated the decisive run for the Dodgers, who have won four of five and played with infielder Jamey Carroll acting as manager.

"I was obviously very nervous going in. Then we got a lead and you kind of calm down. And of course there at the end it was nerve-wracking," Carroll said. "I had some guys around me to try to slow it down a little bit, which made for a lot of fun, and obviously it's fun when you get the win."

Arizona starter Joe Saunders (3-7) gave up three runs (two earned) on 10 hits in seven innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out five in the loss, the Diamondbacks' fourth in their last five games.

Billingsley's no-hitter remained intact through the top of the fifth, and the Dodgers gave him some run support in the bottom half.

Andre Ethier hit a two-out single before Kemp blasted his two-run shot to left for a 2-0 lead.

Gerardo Parra broke up Billingsley's no-hit bid with a single to lead off the sixth, but the Dodgers right-hander safely navigated out of the inning.

An error by Arizona center fielder Chris Young allowed Rod Barajas to reach third base with one away in the sixth, and Johnson followed with his sac fly to make it a 3-0 game.

The Diamondbacks, though, got to Billingsley in the eighth. Brandon Allen led off with a single and moved to second when Billingsley hit pinch-hitter Ryan Church with one out.

Stephen Drew then singled to right to plate a run, and after Ramon Troncoso entered to pitch, Tony Abreulofted a sac fly to left. Drew stole second, but Troncoso fanned Kelly Johnson to get out of the inning.

Jansen worked around a one-out single by Adam LaRoche to close the game.

Ethier went 4-for-4, while Barajas and Ryan Theriot each had two hits for the Dodgers. LA went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left nine on base...The Dodgers lead the season series, 12-5.