Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

LA Dodgers leads 1-0 (as of 6/4)

Game 1: Friday, June 4
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Game 2: Saturday, June 5
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Game 3: Sunday, June 6
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Dodgers 7

(29-23, 14-11 away)

Diamondbacks 3

(21-34, 11-16 home)

10:05 PM ET, June 4, 2004

Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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W: K. Ishii (7-3)

L: C. Fossum (0-4)

S: G. Mota (1)

Wild Ishii now 5-1 against Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) -- Slap hitter Paul Lo Duca doesn't try for home runs. He certainly won't pass them up, though.

His three-run blast brought Los Angeles from behind, and the Dodgers went on to a 7-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.

"I'm feeling good," said Lo Duca, who is hitting .429 (18-for-42) in his last 10 games. "You know, if the home runs come, they come. Still, my approach is to go the other way, and if the ball comes in, react."

Milton Bradley, playing while appealing a four-game suspension, drove in two runs as the Dodgers maintained their slim lead in the NL West. Los Angeles won for the fifth time in six games and snapped last-place Arizona's season-high, three-game winning streak.

Kazuhisa Ishii (7-3), who threw six shutout innings against the Diamondbacks on Sunday, overcame six walks and improved to 5-1 against Arizona. He allowed three runs on four hits.

"I didn't know he had six walks," said bench coach Jim Riggleman, who ran the team for suspended manager Jim Tracy. "He's got a knack for pitching out of trouble, and he did a good job in a couple of situations tonight."

Guillermo Mota allowed two hits in two innings for his first save since May 23, 2003, at Milwaukee.

"They've got a good bullpen," Arizona's Luis Gonzalez said. "Of course, they've got (Eric) Gagne there, and they didn't even need him tonight, so you've got to try to get these guys early."

The Dodgers followed that formula, scoring five runs in four innings against Arizona starter Casey Fossum (0-4).

Fossum, acquired from Boston in the trade that sent Curt Schilling to the Red Sox, gave up eight hits, three walks and a balk that led to Los Angeles' first run before manager Bob Brenly pinch-hit for him.

"They just didn't really give him much of a chance to settle in," Brenly said. "I mean, he gave up eight base hits, but only three of them were hit hard. A couple of broken bats fell in, couple of bloopers fell in, but they're hits nonetheless."

Both Elmer Dessens, demoted to the bullpen after going 1-4 in seven starts through early May, and Scott Service pitched two scoreless innings, and Shea Hillenbrand hit an RBI single in the fifth.

Ishii walked leadoff hitter Scott Hairston in the first, and the Diamondbacks took a 2-0 lead on Danny Bautista's RBI double and Gonzalez's RBI single.

But the Dodgers took charge in the third, with Bradley driving in the first run with a single. He was held at third after Shawn Green's double before Lo Duca followed with a liner into the Diamondbacks' bullpen.

Los Angeles made it 5-2 in the fourth on Bradley's ground-rule double that cleared the right-field fence on one bounce.

Bradley appealed his suspension imposed for "reckless and inappropriate conduct" in the sixth inning of a 4-1 loss to Milwaukee on Tuesday.

He was ejected by umpire Terry Craft, apparently over balls-and-strikes, as he entered the batter's box. Tracy restrained Bradley, who then took off his batting gloves and left them near home plate with his bat and helmet. When Bradley reached the top step of the dugout, he grabbed a ball bag and tossed baseballs onto the field. He also threw a ball to the warning track in left field.

Tracy, who wasn't allowed to appeal, served a one-game suspension stemming from the incident.

Jason Werth hit a solo homer off Shane Nance and Juan Encarnacion had an RBI double in the ninth.

Game notes


Lo Duca's homer traveled about 360 feet. He had a second drive of that distance in the seventh, but Gonzalez leaped above the wall to rob him of another. ... Both Arizona runs in the first inning were earned, despite two Dodgers errors. Bautista went to third on a throwing error by Bradley from CF, and Gonzalez took second on a wayward throw by 2B Jose Hernandez. ... Hairston walked his first two times up, but then went 0-for-2, ending his 10-game hitting streak, third-longest by a Diamondbacks rookie. ... Ishii is 4-1 in his last six starts despite walking 33 during that span.

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