Astros Shut Down Slumping Dodgers

Sampson throws 7 solid innings; Erstad, Tejada drive in runs
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted May 11, 2008 12:35 AM CDT
Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Chan Ho Park, of Korea, throws to the plate during the seventh inning of their Major League Baseball game against the Houston Astros, Saturday.    (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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(Newser) – Chris Sampson pitched three-hit ball over seven innings, Darin Erstad and Miguel Tejada each drove in two runs and the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 last night. Sampson (2-3) struck out three and walked one in his Dodger Stadium debut, matching his longest outing of the season. The right-hander had given up 18 earned runs in 15 1/3 innings over his previous four starts.

Chad Billingsley (2-5) allowed five runs and six hits in five innings. The Dodgers have fallen behind 12-0, 7-0 and 5-0 in their last three games, avoiding a shutout with a ninth-inning run in each of the first two. Los Angeles' Rafael Furcal, third in the majors with a .366 average, missed his fourth straight game with a sore lower back.