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Ross, Izturis give Dodger offense a lift

7/9/2003

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Rookie David Ross and Cesar Izturis drove in
two runs apiece as the Los Angeles Dodgers, enjoying another rare
burst of offense, beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 Wednesday night.

The Dodgers got to Brett Tomko for five runs in the fourth and
scored six runs for the first time since June 25. They've totaled
11 runs the last two games, after scoring 20 in the previous 11.
Los Angeles entered the game with an NL-low .240 average.

Scott Rolen homered and had two RBI for the Cardinals, who have
lost three in a row. Bo Hart singled, walked, stole a base and
drove in a run.

Kazuhisa Ishii (8-3) gave up four runs in 5 1-3 innings, winning
for the first time in four starts, and the Dodgers ended a
three-game losing streak and won for the third time in 16 games
overall. Paul Shuey escaped a sixth-inning, bases-loaded jam by
striking out Albert Pujols with the bases loaded for the final out.
Eric Gagne got the last four outs for his 31st save in 31
opportunities -- 39th in a row dating back to last year.

Tomko (5-6) lasted six innings, giving up six runs on eight
hits. He's given up NL highs for runs (82) and hits (153) in 118
innings and was second in the NL with 22 homers allowed, two behind
Ben Sheets of the Brewers.

Ross was 2-for-2 with two walks, and his fifth homer in 50
at-bats this season put the Dodgers ahead in the third. Hart
singled, stole second and scored on Rolen's single to tie it in the
bottom of the third.

The Dodgers broke the game open in the fourth with Izturis'
two-run single capping a five-run burst. Chad Hermansen, Jolbert
Cabrera and Ross drove in a run apiece.

Edgar Renteria singled to start the bottom of the fourth, stole
second and scored on a balk and wild pitch to narrow the gap to
6-4. Rolen hit his 17th homer off Shuey leading off the seventh to
make it a one-run game.

Game notes
During the game the Dodgers announced that OF Brian Jordan
would undergo season-ending surgey on his patella tendon in his
left knee Friday in Vail, Colo. ... The Dodgers are 37-1 when
leading after seven innings. ... Tomko is 0-3 at home and 5-3 on
the road. ... The Dodgers haven't scored more than six runs since
June 18, when they beat the Giants 8-2. ... Pujols was hitless in
four at-bats with a pair of strikeouts and is in a 1-for-12 slump,
dropping his major league-leading average to .364. ... Ishii is 7-2
at night. His night ERA increased from a major league-leading 2.14
to 2.42.