The Los Angeles Dodgers have struggled of late, but not enough to let things get out of hand.
After scoring a single run in losing its previous two games, Los Angeles (41-22) won 3-1 at Texas on Saturday in a game that featured a 1-hour, 41-minute delay because of a light failure.
“If we keep the losing streaks to a minimum, we are going to enjoy October, no question,” said Los Angeles manager Joe Torre, whose team is 7-7 since winning four in a row.
Though Los Angeles is hitting .230 in its last 14 games, a huge offensive output might not be necessary with Billingsley (8-3, 2.73 ERA) on the mound.
Making his first appearance against Texas, the right-hander looks to become the first nine-game winner in the NL and third in the majors along with Toronto’s Roy Halladay(notes) (10) and Minnesota’s Kevin Slowey(notes) (9).
After losing his final two starts of May, Billingsley has given up three runs while striking out 14 in winning his first two of June. All three runs came along with eight hits in 5 2-3 innings of a 6-4 victory over San Diego on Tuesday.
“I had to battle through it and I was able to keep the game close,” Billingsley told the Dodgers’ official Web site.
Jones, who hit .158 with three homers and 14 RBIs in 75 games last season for the Dodgers, is batting .248 with six homers and 16 RBIs in his first with the Rangers.
Though among the majors’ top offensive clubs, the Rangers have scored 11 runs while losing three of their last five games.
“We just need to come back out (Sunday) and play hard,” Michael Young(notes) told the team’s official Web site after the Rangers fell to 4-1 in interleague play. “We’re a confident group, we can make adjustments.”
The left-hander was scheduled to go Thursday, but was pushed back after rain postponed the series finale with Toronto. In his last outing, Holland gave up four runs and six hits while striking out five in an 8-1 loss to Boston on June 6.