Borah High grad Fife gets the start as Dodgers end skid

Stephen Fife allowed four runs and seven hits in 4.2 innings.


Stephen Fife was often praised by manager Don Mattingly during spring training, but was believed to have almost no chance of pitching for the Dodgers, who had eight well-paid starters ahead of him.

GAIL BURTON — The Associated Press

BALTIMORE - The Los Angeles Dodgers got a coveted victory, and it didn't matter one bit whether they earned it or had it handed to them.

What counted was that their six-game losing streak was over.

Mark Ellis drove in three runs, and Los Angeles beat erratic Jake Arrieta and the Baltimore Orioles 7-4 on Sunday for their first win in more than a week.

Matt Kemp singled in the go-ahead run during a four-run fifth inning, and the Dodgers received a solid performance from their bullpen in the finale of the three-game interleague series.

Los Angeles starter Stephen Fife, recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque before the game as an emergency replacement for Chad Billingsley, gave up three runs in the first inning. But he ended up outlasting Arrieta, who couldn't get an out in the fifth.

Before the game, the Dodgers put Billingsley on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow soreness and recalled Fife. Billingsley, who finished last season on the DL with soreness in the same elbow, will return to Los Angeles on Tuesday for further medical evaluation.

Baltimore welcomed Fife back to the majors in rude fashion, sending eight batters to the plate in a three-run first. Nick Markakis singled in a run, J.J. Hardy hit a bases-loaded single with two outs and Fife contributed to the onslaught by throwing a wild pitch and hitting a batter.

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