Dodgers 7, Orioles 4

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BALTIMORE -- Stephen Fife recovered from a shaky opening in an emergency start, Mark Ellis had three RBIs and the Los Angeles Dodgers avoided being swept with a 7-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday before an announced 41,265 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Los Angeles also snapped six-game losing streak, its longest since a seven-game skid last June.

The Dodgers were forced to recall Fife from Triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday after Chad Billingsley was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow pain. In his 2013 Major League debut, Fife allowed four runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and one walk over 4 2/3 innings.

Meanwhile, Orioles starter Jake Arrieta retired the first six batters he faced, but then struggled with his command. Arrieta allowed five runs on just two hits with six strikeouts and five walks over four innings. He also hit two batters.

In his four starts this season, Arrieta has allowed 14 runs on 15 hits with 20 strikeouts and 16 walks over 19 innings.

Chris Davis led the Orioles by going 3-for-4, while Adam Jones went 2-for-3 and got his third home run of the season.

Trailing 4-1 in the fifth, the Dodgers cut the margin to 4-3 on a double by Adrian Gonzalez that ended Arrieta's afternoon. Lefty T.J. McFarland entered for Baltimore, and he immediately surrendered the lead on a two-run single by Matt Kemp.

The Dodgers added insurance runs on an RBI single by A.J. Ellis in the seventh and a sacrifice fly by Jerry Hairston in the ninth.

The Orioles jumped on Fife early as Nate McLouth led off the first with a single, took second on a wild pitch and then scored on a Nick Markakis single. Fife then loaded the bases and allowed a two-run single to J.J. Hardy.

Fife threw 35 of his 80 pitches in the opening inning. He then appeared to gain more confidence as the game progressed, allowing his team to cut into the lead. Fife made five starts for the Dodgers in 2012 and went 0-2 with 2.70 ERA over 26 2/3 innings.

Fife could be a major factor this season for the Dodgers, who are facing a potential crisis with their starting rotation. Billingsley became the third Dodgers pitcher to land on the disabled list just in the past nine days, joining Zack Greinke (broken collarbone) and Chris Capuano (strained calf).

There is reason for concern because Billingsley was shut down for the final month of last season with a partial torn ligament in his right elbow. He is expected to have more tests Tuesday in Los Angeles to determine the extent of the latest injury.

Arrieta first ran into trouble in the third when he loaded the bases. He escaped with minimal damage as the only run he allowed was a sacrifice fly by Ellis.

Jones, however, increased the lead in the bottom half of the inning with a homer to left field. The Dodgers loaded the bases again in the fourth, and this time they did not squander the opportunity by getting the go-ahead run.

Notes: The Orioles have caught a Major League-best 66.7 percent (8-for-12) of attempted base stealers so far this season...With a first inning single, Markakis has now gotten a hit in 15 of 18 games...Orioles Hall-of-Fame third baseman Cal Ripken was at the game as part of the broadcast team with TBS...Skip Schumaker, who was serving as the Dodgers DH, snapped an 0-for-9 skid with a third-inning single...The Dodgers signed three players from the Domican Republic: right-handed pitcher Osiris Ramirez, right-handed pitcher Angel German and third baseman Jimy Perez.
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