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.
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
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
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
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
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.