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
"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
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."
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
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.
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.