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Lilly, Dodgers Go For Series Win Against Kennedy, Diamondbacks

(Sports Network) - Ted Lilly hopes to duplicate Chad Billingsley's performance from Saturday, but would prefer a different outcome when the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks conclude a three-game series at Dodger Stadium.

Billingsley was terrific on Saturday, as he allowed just one hit over eight innings. However, the one hit he surrendered eventually crossed the plate and that was all Arizona needed in the 1-0 win.

Josh Collmenter matched Billingsley (2-3) for the Diamondbacks, as he pitched six scoreless innings in his first major league start, while Melvin Mora drove in the game's only run with a sacrifice fly.

"It's tough to lose that one," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "They pitched well, we pitched well."

Collmenter (2-0) allowed just two hits and struck out three, getting the start after appearing in relief seven times this season. He retired the final 11 batters he faced after allowing a one-out double to Billingsley in the third inning.

Stephen Drew's double was the lone hit for the D-Backs as Arizona ended its five-game slide. Drew advanced to third on an errant pickoff attempt from Billingsley, then scored on Mora's fly ball.

"A big win for us. I never thought that would be the only hit for us, but it worked out. Josh (Collmenter) was unbelievable. He's sneaky and fun to watch," said Drew.

James Loney had two of the Dodgers' four hits as their three-game winning streak came to an end.

The loss also marked the first time in Los Angeles Dodgers history that the club dropped a game when allowing one or no hits. The last time a Dodgers team lost a game like that was on July 17, 1914, when the Brooklyn Dodgers lost to the Chicago Cubs, 3-2.

Lilly, meanwhile, has won three of his last four decisions following his win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday. Lilly gave up two runs and four hits over six innings in that one, as he improved to 3-3 on the year, while lowering his earned run average to 4.67.

The left-hander has faced the Diamondbacks nine times (seven starts) and is 3-4 against them with a 4.30 ERA.

Arizona will counter with right-hander Ian Kennedy, who is coming off a magnificent effort his last time out. Kennedy scattered four hits over eight scoreless innings on Tuesday in San Francisco, but did not factor in the decision of his team's 1-0 loss. He also struck out eight.

Kennedy, who is 3-1 with a 3.23 ERA on the year, lost his only other start to the Dodgers last season, as he yielded six runs and six hits in just 4 1/3 innings.

The Dodgers were 13-5 against the Diamondbacks last season, with a 7-2 record at Chavez Ravine.

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