Series: Game 3 of 3

LA Dodgers won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, May 28
LA Dodgers3
Game 2: Saturday, May 29
LA Dodgers10
Game 3: Sunday, May 30
LA Dodgers3

Diamondbacks 0

(18-32, 10-18 away)

Dodgers 3

(26-22, 13-11 home)

    8:10 PM ET, May 30, 2004

    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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    W: K. Ishii (6-3)

    L: C. Fossum (0-3)

    S: E. Gagne (12)

    Arizona has lost 13 of last 16

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kazuhisa Ishii is an ongoing project for Los Angeles Dodgers pitching coach Jim Colborn.

    There's been no middle ground for the left-hander, whose outings have been either very sharp or very poor.

    On Sunday night, Ishii scattered four walks and three hits over six scoreless innings in a 3-0 victory over the road-weary Arizona Diamondbacks.

    It was the fourth time in five starts that Ishii allowed more walks than hits. He has issued 22 free passes in his last 21 innings, and leads the NL with 42 after two consecutive seasons of 100 or more.

    "Maybe he was a little more determined tonight. And when he gets determined, he's very good," Colborn said. "He requires a lot of tinkering, but he's a good student. He's very bright with his delivery and knowing what to do. We needed this victory and he pitched a strong game for us."

    Ishii (6-3) improved to 4-1 with a 1.31 ERA in eight career starts against Arizona, including five scoreless outings. Pitching in twilight conditions, he escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first by retiring Shea Hillenbrand on a fielder's choice grounder after giving up a single to Scott Hairston and walking two.

    "He's always pitched like that against us," Steve Finley said. "He's effectively wild, or whatever you want to call it. If you let him beat himself, he can end up doing it. With the shadows, it was hard to pick up the ball -- especially on the straight stuff."

    Ishii combined with three relievers on the four-hit shutout, the Dodgers' fifth this season following Saturday night's 10-0 romp.

    Guillermo Mota gave up one hit in 1 2-3 innings and Tom Martin retired the only batter he faced. Eric Gagne worked a hitless ninth to extend his major league-record saves streak to 75 with his 12th this season. It was only his second save opportunity in the last 19 games.

    Casey Fossum (0-3) allowed two runs and nine hits in five innings and struck out six in his fourth start with Arizona. The loss was the 13th in 16 games for the Diamondbacks, who completed their longest road trip since 1999 with a 4-9 record.

    "Road trip, home game, it makes no difference. When you play this (bad), it doesn't matter what the venue is," Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. "We're caught in a vortex right now and it's just sucking us right down. I can't figure out how to make it stop.

    "We thought we'd get away from home and away from some of the negativity we were getting there, and it didn't happen. This is getting ridiculous."

    Adrian Beltre drove in the Dodgers' first two runs with a first-inning double after a two-out single by Paul Lo Duca and a walk to Shawn Green.

    Dave Roberts, in his second game off the disabled list, stole second base in the sixth to make him 16-for-16 this season. It's the best start by a Dodgers player since 1995, when Raul Mondesi converted his first 17 steal attempts.

    Green hit an RBI single with two outs to score Roberts and increase the lead to 3-0.

    Fossum escaped bases-loaded jams in the fourth and fifth. He got out of the first mess when Cesar Izturis grounded to third for a force play. In the fifth, Lo Duca, Green and Beltre singled with no outs, but Fossum struck out Juan Encarnacion, Jose Hernandez and David Ross on 13 pitches.

    "Casey deserved a lot better fate," Brenly said. "Getting out of that fifth inning took a lot out of him. Bases loaded, nobody out, and he made some of the best pitches that I've seen by any of our pitchers all year to get out of that jam."

    Game notes

    Lo Duca's single in the fifth was his seventh consecutive hit over a two-day span. ... The Diamondbacks have scored five runs in Fossum's four starts. ... Dodgers LF Milton Bradley, who sprained his left ankle Saturday night, was scratched after testing the ankle in batting practice. ... Lo Duca, an All-Star catcher, was moved to the outfield because of Bradley's absence. Ross started behind the plate, and threw out Danny Bautista trying to steal second in the fourth, making him 6-for-13 in that department. Lo Duca is 11-for-43. ... Arizona 2B Matt Kata was placed on the 15-day DL because of a separated left shoulder -- making him the ninth Arizona player on the DL. The Diamondbacks recalled INF Tim Olson from Triple-A Tucson and started him at 3B. RHP Shane Reynolds was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day DL.

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