Dodgers maul Expos 13-4

Los Angeles pounded out a win over Montreal Friday night in the first game of the series. The Dodgers broke open a close game with a four-run rally in the sixth inning and added five runs in the eighth, posting a 13-4 victory before 54,958, the sixth sellout of the 2004 season and the sixth-largest regular-season crowd in L.A. history. The Dodgers had their biggest outburst since scoring 16 runs against San Francisco on April 20, 2003 and Paul Lo Duca hit his first HR since July of 2003.

Rejuvenated Kaz Ishii (4-1) took over the club lead in wins, allowing six hits and two runs in six innings. as every Dodger position player had at least one RBI.

The Dodgers (14-8), who improved to 7-1 following a loss, got top-to-bottom hitting from the lineup. Shawn Green hit his fourth homer of the season, Roberts slugged a two-run triple and stole his major league-leading 15th base and the Dodger bullpen pitched three solid innings, giving up two meaningless runs.

Cesar Izturis got the Dodgers off to a good start in the first when he tripled down the right-field line and scored on Adrian Beltré's RBI groundout to shortstop. Green followed with a towering home run to right on a 2-and-1 pitch to make it 2-0.

Montreal tied the game in the fourth, but Paul Lo Duca put the Dodgers back on top, 3-2, in the bottom half of the inning with his first homer since July 30, 2003, a booming drive to straightaway center field.

Montreal made the decision to pitch to Juan Encarnacion in the sixth after Adrian Beltré singled and Green doubled. Encarnacion lined a two-run single that turned a one-run lead into a three-run cushion. Grabowski broke a 1-for-18 streak with a run-scoring single to left, his first RBI of the season, making it 6-2, took second on the throw home and scored on a single by Alex Cora.

The Dodgers five-run burst saw Sanchez's first Major League hit, a ground rule double into the left-field porch, scoring Lo Duca and Encarnacion. Roberts added a two-run triple and Izturis drove him home with a sacrifice fly to right.

Darren Dreifort relieved Ishii in the seventh, giving up a run that made it 7-3. The Dodgers got the run right back against reliever when Roberts followed a leadoff bunt single with his 15th stolen base of the season in 15 attempts, advanced to third on a balk, and scored on Izturis' second hit of the night, a looper to right.

Sanchez finished up and also allowed a run.

Dodger Blue Notes--Milton Bradley missed Friday night's game against and might sit out both weekend games. Even though his high ankle sprain is considered more serious than a regular sprain, Bradley is not expected to be placed on the disabled list. Green volunteered to start in right field today for the first time this season. The Dodgers will move Dave Roberts to center and Juan Encarnacion to left. Robin Ventura will play first base, and the arrangement will continue until Bradley is able to play. ... Lo Duca, who hit 25 home runs in 2001 but just 17 combined over the next two seasons, totaled 266 official at-bats between his previous homer and his drought-breaker Friday night. He purposely shortened his swing this season to become more of a line-drive hitter and came into the game hitting .411 batting average. ... Shawn Green suffered though shoulder problems last season that impacted his ability to drive the ball to right and appears to have overcome his 2003 difficulties in hitting for power. His first-inning shot to right, that might have been a double or even a fly-ball out last year, landed in the seats and gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. ... Ishii stranded two runners in scoring position in the first three innings and ran his scoreless innings streak to 12 after his shutout of San Francisco on Sunday. ... Right-handed reliever Paul Shuey, on the disabled list since April 3 with a ruptured tendon in his right thumb, has been playing catch, but gingerly. The splint on Shuey's thumb is scheduled to come off in two weeks but there remains no timetable for his return