Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 8/7)

Game 1: Friday, August 6
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in 11
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Game 2: Saturday, August 7
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Game 3: Sunday, August 8
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Phillies 3

(57-53, 28-29 away)

Dodgers 6

(65-44, 36-20 home)

    10:10 PM ET, August 7, 2004

    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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    W: O. Perez (5-4)

    L: P. Abbott (3-11)

    S: E. Gagne (33)

    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 overall.

    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 6½ 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 job."

    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 walks."

    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 Atlanta.

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