Series: Game 2 of 3

LA Dodgers leads 2-0 (as of 8/9)

Game 1: Friday, August 8
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Game 2: Saturday, August 9
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Game 3: Sunday, August 10
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Cubs 1

(59-56, 31-27 away)

Dodgers 6

(60-55, 34-25 home)

    10:10 PM ET, August 9, 2003

    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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    W: W. Alvarez (2-1)

    L: M. Clement (9-10)

    Dodgers win sixth straight thanks to Alvarez

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Wilson Alvarez scattered four hits over seven scoreless innings, and Dave Roberts hit his first inside-the-park home run as the Los Angeles Dodgers won their sixth straight with a 6-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night.

    Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said before the game he would use All-Star closer Eric Gagne for the fifth straight day -- something he's never done -- if a save situation warranted. But Alvarez (2-1) gave Gagne the night off with help from Paul Shuey, who pitched two innings and allowed a homer by Damian Miller in the eighth.

    Alvarez, making a spot start, retired 17 of his last 18 batters, struck out six and walked none in his third start this season and first since July 13 -- delaying Chicago manager Dusty Baker's 900th regular-season victory for at least another day.

    Roberts, whose hamstring problems have landed him on the DL twice this season, lined a 3-2 pitch down the left-field line leading off the first inning and circled the bases as the ball struck the front of the box seats and caromed past Moises Alou.

    Alvarez filled in for Kazuhisa Ishii, who's expected to return from the disabled list next Thursday after a few more bullpen sessions.

    The veteran left-hander gave up singles to his first two batters, who were quickly erased -- Doug Glanville on a pickoff at first, and Ramon Martinez on a double-play grounder by Sammy Sosa. Alvarez also stranded a runner at third base in the second by striking out Alex Gonzalez.

    Matt Clement (9-10) allowed five runs, six hits and four walks in five innings, including a two-run homer by Robin Ventura.

    Roberts' second homer of the season triggered a four-run inning.

    Shawn Green walked with one out, advanced to third on a single by Jeromy Burnitz and scored on Adrian Beltre's sacrifice fly. Ventura followed with his second homer in eight games since joining the Dodgers in a July 31 trade with the New York Yankees.

    Ventura, whose 16 career grand slams are the most among active players, came up with the bases loaded in the third and grounded out to first base to drive in the Dodgers' fifth run. Alex Cora added an RBI single in the sixth against Antonio Alfonseca.

    Game notes

    Cubs 1B Eric Karros got a laugh out of his ex-manager about 45 minutes before gametime when he burst into Tracy's office, pounded a bat on a coffee table and asked if he was in the Dodgers' lineup. ... The Dodgers have never drawn fewer fans in a season than the World Series champion Anaheim Angels, who play about 35 miles down the freeway -- but it's going to be close this time. Each team has played 59 home dates, with the Dodgers holding a lead of just 17,478. ... Monday is the 12th anniversary of Alvarez's no-hitter over Baltimore, which came in only his second big league game. That was the only year he and Sosa were teammates with the White Sox. ... Dodgers 1B Fred McGriff is scheduled to be activated from the DL next Thursday after a three-game minor league rehab stint in Vero Beach, Fla.

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