PHOENIX (AP) -- Cesar Izturis, the smallest regular in the Los
Angeles lineup, led the Dodgers' latest power surge.
Izturis had a career-best four RBI, and the Dodgers beat the
Arizona Diamondbacks 10-3 Sunday to complete a four-game sweep.
The Dodgers, who built an 8-2 lead with four runs in both the
second and fourth innings, have won six straight games and 15 of
"A solid game all the way up and down the lineup," Dodgers
manager Jim Tracy said. "A solid starting pitching performance and
a great one in the fact that we had a few guys down there (bullpen)
that didn't even have to stand up and throw the ball."
Izturis had a three-run homer in the second and an RBI triple in
"I was trying to get a base hit," said the 5-foot-9, 180-pound
shortstop, who fouled off six of Elmer Dessens' nine pitches before
hitting the 10th into the right-field seats. "So you have a 3-2
count, and it was a fast ball up, and I hit it out."
Werth had two singles, a double and a triple. Beltre, who had
missed six games because of a right quadriceps strain, homered in
the eighth against Mike Fetters.
Dessens (1-6), winless since April 25, allowed eight runs -- five
earned -- and 10 hits in 3 2-3 innings.
"We thought in the first inning he was aggressive," Arizona
manager Al Pedrique said. "He went right after the hitters, and
for some reason, you know, he got a couple of guys on base in the
second and third inning and he fell behind in the count, started
elevating the ball, and he got hit hard."
Izturis and Werth hit RBI triples in the fourth, and Beltre and
Cora had run-scoring singles. Werth, who played in 41 games with
Toronto over the last three years, made his 19th start in the
outfield for the Dodgers.
Alomar homered in the first on Lima's fourth pitch, and Alex
Cintron had an RBI single in the third. Lima gave up seven hits in
the first three innings and sought out pitching coach Jim Colborn.
"He said to stay back a little bit, and make some
adjustments," Lima said. "The home runs are going to come,
because that's the way I am. I throw too many strikes. But a lot
are solo; the solo, they don't hurt me."
Milton Bradley had a run-scoring single in the fifth for a 9-2
Notes: Izturis had three RBI three times in the last two seasons, most recently July 3 at Anaheim....Cintron made a pair of errors at shortstop, leading to three unearned runs....Arizona LF Luis Gonzalez, struggling all year with a partially torn right elbow ligament, will discuss surgery with Pedrique and doctors this week but probably won't have an operation before August. "I think right now their main concern is all the trade rumors and all that stuff," Gonzalez said. "We'll get to my situation after."