Everyone hit for the Dodgers on Sunday.
Even the pitcher.
Make that, "especially the pitcher."
Chad Billingsley hit a home run and a double, drew a walk and drove in a career-high three runs in the Dodgers' 9-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.
"Just on a hot streak, I guess," Billingsley said.
The Dodgers (28-32) might not be hot, but they're gradually edging their way toward respectability. With Matt Kemp hitting five home runs in his last 10 games –- his 16th of the season was hit in the first inning on Sunday –- the Dodgers have won two of three games in each of their last three series.
"We feel better," Manager Don Mattingly said. "Obviously, those guys out there are going to feel better when they start to put together two out of three, two out of three, two out of three."
Although the Dodgers have scored 20 runs in their last two games, Mattingly wouldn't declare that his team's offensive problems are something of the past.
A three-game series in Philadelphia will be a major test. The Dodgers will face Cliff Lee on Monday, Roy Oswalt on Tuesday and Cole Hamels on Wednesday.
"Those guys will be a test no matter what," Mattingly said. "I don't care what type of offense you have."
Kemp sounded particularly optimistic about the direction he and the team appear to be headed.
"I feel really good right now, I feel real comfortable," he said. "I think a lot of us are. We've been swinging the bats well. Hopefully, we can take this over to Philly tomorrow."
Kemp, who hit two home runs on Saturday, took Travis Wood deep in the first inning on Sunday to put the Dodgers ahead, 3-0.
Chad Billingsley's bat helps Dodgers beat Reds, 9-6
Los Angeles Times | Jun 6