If the Los Angeles Dodgers are to match their longest winning streak of the season, they’ll have to get past the pitcher who dealt them their most recent defeat.
The Dodgers (61-69) had another strong offensive showing in Friday’s 6-1 victory, which ended Colorado’s five-game winning streak. Another win Saturday would give Los Angeles its second five-game run of the season, with the first coming July 7-15 and spanning the All-Star break.
Kemp, hitting .423 with eight RBIs over his last six games, became the first Dodger with 30 homers and 30 stolen bases since Raul Mondesi in 1997 and 1999.
“It’s special to me,” Kemp said of the accomplishment. “I’m happy I got to do it here in LA with fans that have supported me. Still got a month to go, try to add onto that.”
Los Angeles looks to keep rolling, though Millwood (1-1, 4.50 ERA) could be an obstacle.
The right-hander, who had spent time in the Yankees and Red Sox organizations this season without appearing in the big leagues, earned his first major league win since Sept. 29 on Sunday, beating the Dodgers 5-3. Millwood, who allowed three runs in seven innings, has pitched at least six in each of his three outings since replacing the injured Juan Nicasio(notes) in the Rockies rotation.
Sunday’s victory over the Dodgers marked the first time Millwood had faced them since 2002. Though a much different pitcher than the two-time 18-game winner of years past, he seemed to carry over his previous success against Los Angeles. The right-hander is 6-3 with a 2.80 ERA in 10 career starts versus the Dodgers.
The Dodgers right-hander is 1-3 with a 6.45 ERA in four starts versus the Rockies despite being provided with an average of 5.64 runs of support. He’s 9-7 with a 3.68 ERA in his other 22 outings.
Billingsley allowed five runs - four earned - in 7 2-3 innings Sunday when he lost to Millwood. He allowed only three hits, though he walked a season high-tying five. It marked the fourth time this season Billingsley, whose 68 bases on balls issued are third-most in the NL, had his walks either equal or surpass the amount of hits he allowed.
Gonzalez is hitting .360 with eight homers and 24 RBIs during his 13-game hitting streak, which he extended with a first-inning homer. He’s batting .420 in 13 matchups with the Dodgers this season, and is 7 for 15 with a double, triple and a homer lifetime off Billingsley.
The Dodgers and Rockies have split their first 16 meetings of the season series, which will conclude Sunday.
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