PHOENIX (AP) -- Facing a sinkerball pitcher, the Los Angeles
Dodgers changed their style.
Los Angeles has relied heavily on home runs.
"With this guy, you don't try to do too much," Cesar Izturis
said. "You just try to make contact, and we did it."
Kazuhisa Ishii (11-4) improved to 7-1 against the Diamondbacks,
including 4-0 this year, allowing two runs and four hits in six
"He's been great," Shawn Green said. "He just finds ways to
win. If it's a low-scoring game, a lot of times he'll give up one
less run than the other team. And, if we get some runs for him,
it's been automatic."
Arizona, which wasted a 2-0 lead, has lost five in a row, eight
of nine and 21 of 25. Webb (3-10) gave up five runs, seven hits and
three walks in seven innings.
"It's getting to the point, coming in and working hard every
day, we've been doing it for the last 10 games and we're not
getting the result that we would like," said Arizona manager Al
Pedrique, 2-10 since taking over from Bob Brenly.
Izturis hit an RBI groundout in the third, and the Dodgers took
a 3-2 lead in the fourth on Jayson Werth's sacrifice fly and Cora's
"They put the ball in play, and things happened," Webb said.
"Teams, when they're not scoring many runs and don't get a lot of
hits in the air or anything, that's a way to put runners on base
and put some pressure on the defense."
Ventura drove in a run in the sixth, and Cora bunted home
Bradley, who had doubled. Green doubled in the eighth against Mike
"Shawn Green once again swung the bat great," Dodgers manager
Jim Tracy said," was in the middle of a lot of things -- driving in
runs, setting up rallies with the base hit that he got to right
field with his second base hit. The other guy that was noteworthy
in the game tonight was Alex Cora with what he did offensively and
Ishii lost his only decision to Arizona last Sept. 16, 3-2
to Curt Schilling. ... Dave Roberts stole third in the third
inning, the first Dodgers player to succeed on 29 of his first 30
attempts since Davey Lopes in 1978. ... The Dodgers are 13-5 in
Ishii's starts this year. ... Luis Gonzalez hit an infield single
in the ninth that stopped an 0-for-18 slide. Steve Finley was
0-for-4, extending his hitless streak to 11 at-bats.