TORONTO (AP) -- Kazuhisa Ishii didn't want the Los Angeles
Dodgers to head into Fenway Park for the first time on a losing
Ishii pitched eight sharp innings, Adrian Beltre and Juan
Encarnacion hit consecutive homers and the Dodgers ended a
three-game losing skid with a 6-1 victory over the Toronto Blue
Jays on Thursday night.Ishii (8-3) won his third straight start for the Dodgers, who
salvaged the last game of the series after scoring just one run in
the first two.The Dodgers play at Fenway Park on Friday for the first time.
The Dodgers and Red Sox met in the 1916 World Series, but the games
in Boston were held at Braves Field because it was bigger than
Fenway."I won't be pitching there, but I'm excited to go," Ishii said
through an interpreter.Staked to a 6-0 lead in the third, Ishii allowed one run on six
hits, while striking out four and walking a season-low one."We lost the first two games, so I just wanted to help the team
win," Ishii said. "I was really aggressive."Eric Gagne pitched the ninth in a non-save situation.Gagne couldn't wait to get to Fenway."There's a lot of history there, the Green Monster, great fans,
great city," Gagne said. "It's going to be exciting."Los Angeles had 14 hits in the finale after getting just 12 in
the first two games.Beltre and Encarnacion homered off Josh Towers in the third,
giving Los Angeles a 6-0 lead.Vernon Wells homered in the fourth to make it 6-1.Towers (1-2) gave up six runs on eight hits in just 2 2-3
innings."I'm pretty sure that is a disaster," Towers said of his
outing.Dave Roberts led off the first with a bunt single, stole second
and advanced to third on Towers' errant pickoff attempt."I didn't expect Roberts to do a first pitch bunt. What a
punk," Towers said.Cesar Izturis followed with an RBI single, and Shawn Green later
hit a run-scoring single, giving Los Angeles a 2-0 lead.Robin Ventura added an RBI single in the second.
Dodgers owner Frank McCourt grew up in Boston and tried
unsuccessfully to purchase the Red Sox three years ago. ...
Encarnacion is hitting .421 (16-for-38) over his last nine games.
... The Blue Jays activated catcher Kevin Cash from the 15-day DL
Thursday and optioned RHP Aquilino Lopez to Triple-A Syracuse. Cash
hasn't played since straining his right rib cage on May 24.