Perez cuts Dodgers loss string to Phils at 7

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Odalis Perez had no problems adjusting to his
new batterymate.

Perez pitched seven scoreless innings with the newly acquired
Brent Mayne behind the plate, and the Los Angeles Dodgers snapped
the Philadelphia Phillies' four-game winning streak with a 6-3
victory Saturday night.

Shawn Green homered for Los Angeles, which ended a string of
seven straight losses to Philadelphia with its 25th win in 32 games

Mayne made his second start after coming to the Dodgers last
week with Steve Finley from the Arizona Diamondbacks. He also
caught Jose Lima's 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

"He called perfect pitches and I threw the perfect pitches,"
Perez said. "It was the first time I ever pitched to him, and it
was fun because we were on the same page. I didn't shake him off a
lot, maybe twice. And every time he called a pitch, I threw that
pitch with good results."

Perez (5-4) won for the first time in seven starts, a stretch
that included five no-decisions. He allowed four hits, struck out
six and walked two.

"I kind of know how he pitches from playing against him a
little bit, so we didn't really do a whole lot of talking before
the game about how we were going to attack guys," Mayne said.

"He's like a left-handed Lima. He throws a changeup, a fastball
away, pops the fastball in once in a while and mixes in a curveball
or slider. And he throws the ball where he wants to throw it. He
makes big pitches when he has to and he gets a lot of groundballs
and double plays."

It was the 10th time in 13 starts that Perez gave up fewer than
three earned runs. He knows he should have a better record to show
for it, but isn't complaining with the Dodgers 6 games ahead in
the NL West.

"If I have the opportunity to go out there every five days and
give my best and give this team the opportunity to win, I'm fine
with that," Perez said. "At the end of the year, if I don't have
a winning record, I'm still going to be happy because I did my

Green, back in right field following the acquisition of first
baseman Hee Seop Choi from Florida, helped preserve the shutout in
the seventh with a diving grab of Doug Glanville's blooper with two
on and two outs. He then extended the Dodgers' lead to 5-0,
homering off rookie Geoff Geary.

The Phillies tried to make a game of it in the ninth. Jim Thome
hit his 33rd homer off Darren Dreifort to lead off the inning. Two
outs later, Chase Utley hit a pinch-hit homer off Dreifort to make
it 6-3.

After Marlon Byrd singled, Eric Gagne came in and got Lou
Collier to foul out to first base for his 33rd save in 34 chances.

Paul Abbott (1-6) allowed four runs and five hits over 5 2-3
innings and struck out two. The right-hander, who signed a minor
league contract with the Phillies on June 9 after getting released
by Tampa Bay, walked nine while pitching on eight days' rest.

"When you walk nine guys, usually it can be a lot worse. But if
I don't make two pitches up -- a ball that goes off a guy's glove
and another pitch that could have been strike three, I don't give
up a run," Abbott said.

"You can throw those nine walks right out the door because they
had no bearing on what really happened. I could have gone six
innings and given up no runs very easily -- even with all the

The Dodgers opened the scoring with a pair of fourth-inning runs
despite a baserunning blunder by Milton Bradley, who was easily
doubled up at second base on a popup by Green that shortstop Jimmy
Rollins caught in shallow left field.

Jayson Werth was hit by a pitch, and Choi followed with an RBI
double. Werth never broke stride and scored behind Adrian Beltre
when second baseman Placido Polanco retrieved the ball and threw to
Rollins at second.

Cesar Izturis made it 3-0 with an RBI double in the seventh.
Abbott then walked Alex Cora for the third time and forced in the
Dodgers' fourth run with a walk to Bradley before Geary came in.

Philadelphia scored in the eighth against rookie Yhency Brazoban
on an RBI single by Collier after Byrd singled and continued to
second on a throwing error by second baseman Cora.

Game notes
Dodgers LHP Kazuhisa Ishii, who surrendered four homers in
two innings Friday night and retired only six of 12 batters, was
demoted to the bullpen. LHP Wilson Alvarez is back in the rotation
and will start Thursday at Cincinnati. ... Bobby Abreu is 2-for-23
lifetime against Perez after going hitless in three-at-bats. ...
Bradley drew a career-high four walks. The Dodgers had 11 walks
overall, the most they've had 14 since April 21, 1999, against