Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

LA Dodgers leads 2-0 (as of 5/21)

Game 1: Tuesday, May 20
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Game 2: Wednesday, May 21
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Game 3: Thursday, May 22
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Rockies 2

(21-25, 6-18 away)

Dodgers 3

(26-20, 15-9 home)

10:10 PM ET, May 21, 2003

Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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W: K. Ishii (4-1)

L: J. Jennings (3-4)

S: E. Gagne (17)

Ishii allows two runs in six-plus innings

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Eric Gagne got two scares in the ninth inning. But things worked out, as they usually do when he's closing out a game.

Romano tackles fan
Los Angeles center fielder Jason Romano tackled a fan who ran onto the field at Dodger Stadium with two outs in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday night.

The game was held up only briefly and the fan was taken from the field by stadium security.

The fan, later identified as 26-year-old Oscar Villanueva, appeared after pinch-hitter Greg Norton's infield hit, and approached left fielder Brian Jordan.

"I went after him on a dead sprint -- I just laid him out," said Romano, who entered the game in the eighth. "He came after BJ, tried to shake his hand."

Dodgers spokesman John Olguin said Villanueva will be charged with trespassing.
-- Associated Press

Kazuhisa Ishii allowed two runs in six-plus innings and struck out a season-high eight, and Gagne recorded his fifth save in as many games Wednesday night as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2.

Alex Cora had two hits, scored a run and drove in another for the Dodgers, who extended their winning streak to a season-high six games.

The Dodgers have allowed seven runs during the streak -- one in each of the first five games and two in this one. They have a 17-7 record since April 25 to move a season-best six games over .500.

Gagne, the fifth Dodgers pitcher, got the last three outs for his 17th save in 17 chances and 25th straight dating to last year.

But things got a little dicey.

Pinch-hitter Mark Sweeney hit Gagne's second pitch deep into the right field seats, but the ball hooked foul.

"I thought it was fair -- he hit it good," Gagne said. "I got lucky he didn't keep it fair."

Sweeney said he knew the ball would go foul.

"You're lucky to square something up against him," he said. "As a pinch hitter, you don't get too many good pitches to hit. If it's not a hit, it's an out."

Sweeney then struck out, as did pinch-hitter Larry Walker, making it 10 straight strikeouts for Gagne over his last four outings.

Greg Norton, the inning's third pinch hitter, grounded a hard shot up the middle, which Gagne deflected with his pitching hand.

Gagne then struck out Chris Stynes to end the game.

"It got me right in the palm -- didn't hurt," Gagne said. "I should have let it go. I've got the best infield in the world. It was just reflex."

A relieved Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said much the same thing.

"What went through my mind when I initially saw it was, 'What are we doing reaching our hand up when we have two middle infielders like we have?'" Tracy said.

Ishii (4-1) gave up only three hits but walked six to equal a career high. He was relieved by Paul Shuey after walking the first two batters in the seventh with the Dodgers leading 3-1.

Colorado starter Jason Jennings (3-4) sacrificed and Stynes grounded out to drive in a run before Shuey, making his first appearance since April 24, struck out Ronnie Belliard with the tying run at third to end the inning.

The loss was the fourth in five games and 14th in 20 for the Rockies.

The Dodgers have the most effective bullpen in the majors -- a fact not lost on Colorado manager Clint Hurdle.

"The bullpen speaks for itself," he said. "They bring in the big man at the end -- that's a nice luxury for Tracy."

Hurdle also spoke of his team's missed opportunities.

"We left men on base and only got three hits," he said. "We did not have any lightning at the right time. Somebody needs to strike a match."

Cora hit a ground-rule double and scored on Fred McGriff's one-out single to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead in the first.

Jose Hernandez led off the second with his second homer in as many games and fifth of the season to tie it.

Shawn Green tripled and scored on Jordan's double in the third to put the Dodgers ahead for good, and Cora hit an RBI single in the fourth to drive in his team's final run.

Jennings pitched his first complete game of the season and his team's second, allowing 11 hits while walking four and striking out four.

Game notes
Shuey was placed on the disabled list after his outing April 24 because of a sprained right knee and activated last Saturday. ... Dodgers RHP Guillermo Mota was charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol. Arrested April 21, he is scheduled to be arraigned June 17 in Glendale Superior Court. Neither Mota nor Olguin would comment on the matter. ... Rockies 1B Todd Helton hasn't homered since April 25 -- a span of 85 at-bats. Helton, who averaged 36 homers in the last five seasons, has six this year. ... The Rockies have scored at least one run in 72 straight games -- the longest current streak in baseball. They haven't been blanked since the Padres shut them out in successive games last Aug. 30-31 in San Diego. The only other teams that haven't been shut out this season are Cincinnati and Oakland. ... Green's triple was his first of the year and ended an 0-for-13 drought. He added a single in his next at-bat.

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