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Chad Billingsley Struggles As Dodgers Swept By Reds

Chad Billingsley was roughed up for seven runs on nine hits in four innings, as the Dodgers lost to the Reds 7-2 at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. The loss completed a three-game sweep by Cincinnati, and dropped the Dodgers to a season-low eight games under .500. It was the third straight bat outing by Billingsley, who is having a rough June.

In three starts in June, Billingsley has allowed 17 runs and 30 hits in 13 2/3 innings, raising his season ERA to 4.65. Some of his struggles can be attributed to luck (hitters have a .500 batting average on balls in play this month), but he has also had poor location and the eight walks against nine strikeouts are a concern.

Dee Gordon and Matt Kemp each had two hits for the Dodgers, who are off on Thursday. They open up a weekend series with Houston on Friday. Reliever Hong-Chih Kuo will pitch in a rehab game in Oklahoma City with the Triple A Albuquerque Isotopes tonight.

For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on today's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.