Series: Game 3 of 3

LA Dodgers won 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, May 6
LA Dodgers2Final
NY Mets3
Game 2: Wednesday, May 7
LA Dodgers2Final
NY Mets1
Game 3: Thursday, May 8
LA Dodgers6Final
NY Mets1

Dodgers 6

(18-17, 9-10 away)

Mets 1

(14-20, 9-9 home)

    7:10 PM ET, May 8, 2003

    Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

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    W: K. Ishii (3-1)

    L: T. Glavine (4-3)

    Balance of power: Ishii in control vs. Mets

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Kazuhisa Ishii looked like a completely different pitcher Thursday night.

    Ishii allowed one run in six innings and Cesar Izturis drove in three runs to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-1 victory over the New York Mets on Thursday night.

    Ishii tied a career high by walking six batters in his previous start against Pittsburgh but had more control against the Mets -- walking just three.

    "I saw a more consistent pitcher from the windup," manager Jim Tracy said. "They made an adjustment with his lead foot to try to improve his balance. I observed a very big difference, a very positive difference."

    Ishii also got his hair cut between starts, showing off a close cropped cut instead of the floppy 'do he used to have,

    "I was lighter than usual, and maybe especially so on one side," he joked.

    The Dodgers have won nine of 13 after taking two of three against New York in a matchup of the two worst offenses in the National League.

    Los Angeles scored 10 runs in the series but that was more than enough against a Mets' team that played the three games without All-Star catcher Mike Piazza in the starting lineup.

    Piazza received seven stitches in his abdomen earlier this week after having a mole removed and had just two pinch-hitting opportunities in the series. Before the game, the Mets talked to Piazza about beginning the process of learning to play first base.

    Izturis hit a go-ahead groundout in the seventh against Tom Glavine (4-3) and a two-run single in the eighth. Fred McGriff had a pair of RBI with a single in the first and double in the eighth.

    New York, which has lost eight of 11, scored only five runs in the three games.

    "Tonight was a typical game for us," Glavine said. "We hit the ball hard and did not have a lot to show for it."

    The Dodgers scored more than four runs for just the fourth time in the past 16 games, but they are 10-6 in that span because of the best pitching staff in the majors.

    Ishii (3-1) didn't allow a runner to reach third base until the sixth inning, helped by two double-play grounders. He allowed six hits, including an RBI single to Tony Clark in the sixth that tied the game at 1.

    "It's not perfect yet but I've been trying to raise my arm more quickly, faster than usual and improve my tempo," Ishii said through an interpreter. "At least I pitched better than my last outing."

    The Mets could have had more in the sixth.

    But Ty Wigginton popped out with runners on first and third and one out and Brian Jordan made a twisting catch at the left field wall to rob Jason Phillips of extra bases to end the inning.

    "That kind of changed the momentum of the game," Mets manager Art Howe said. "That was a heck of a save in left field. They got some runs in the next inning and changed the game in a hurry."

    What made the catch even more impressive is the assortment of injuries Jordan is playing with, including a sore shoulder and a sore knee that will keep him out of Friday's starting lineup in Montreal.

    "That's a critical situation right there," Jordan said. "You make that catch and all of a sudden their heads go down. We had the momentum from there."

    The Dodgers took the lead for good in the seventh. Jordan started it with a one-out walk and went to third on Ron Coomer's double. After Jolbert Cabrera was intentionally walked, Izturis hit a slow grounder in the hole at shortstop and beat the relay for a double play.

    Pinch-hitter Mike Kinkade followed with an RBI single to make it 3-1 and Los Angeles then turned the game over to its stellar relievers.

    Paul Quantrill pitched two scoreless innings and Guillermo Mota finished, lowering Los Angeles' bullpen ERA to a major league-leading 1.31.

    Mota made his first appearance against the Mets since hitting Piazza with a pitch in spring training, setting off a brawl that led to suspensions for both players.

    The Dodgers broke on top early against Glavine, stringing together three straight singles in the first inning, including McGriff's RBI hit.

    Glavine allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings.

    Game notes

    The Dodgers have scored 124 runs this season, one more than New York. ... Dodgers 3B Adrian Beltre did not start. Beltre struck out in the eighth to extend his hitless streak to 16 at-bats. ... The Dodgers are 14-3 when they score at least four runs. ... Mets RHP David Cone (hip injury) will make a rehab start for Class-A St. Lucie on Sunday against the Tampa Yankees. ... New York 1B Mo Vaughn will get a second opinion on his injured left knee in the next couple of days in Georgia.

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