Dodger Offense Still AWOL

The losing streak swelled to seven after the Phillies completed a sweep, limiting she Dodgers to five hits in a 4-0 victory. Kaz Ishii pitched into the seventh, allowing three in the first -- two earned. Four of the five hits were of the infield variety, with Paul Lo Duca collecting two of them. Los Angeles got no help from the 3-4-5-6-7 hitters who were a collective 0-for-17.

Ishii was wrecked by a first-inning error on a potential double-play ball as the losing streak matched the longest one of last year for the Dodgers, who were shut out for the third time this year and second time in five games.

However, they remained in first place by .004 percentage points after a loss by San Diego.

During the streak, Dodgers starting pitchers have gone more than five innings only twice. Superstopper Eric Gagne has appeared only once and that was not to close a game, only to get in some work.

The Dodgers led in only one of the games but couldn't protect a 6-2 advantage. The team ERA during the skid is 4.96, the team batting average .226 and they haave been outscored, 40-18.

Ishii(5-3) showed improvement from his previous start, when he walked seven in four innings. This time he walked five in 6.2 innings, struck out seven and allowed a solo home run.

The Phillie leadoff man tripled off the right-field fence and the second batter singled him home. Ishii walked the next two, loading the bases and a hard ground ball to Jose Hernandez at short was fumbled, cancelling a shot at an inning-ending double play. Cora instead threw to third to get the runner rounding the bag but Adrian Beltré didn't cover, allowing the third run of the game.

Ishii walked five of 12 batters from that point but battled to keep things close until allowing a sixth inning home run. But with no Dodger offense in sight, that was the game.

Ishii came out with runners at the corners in the seventh. Lima threw a double-play grounder to end the inning, then got another DP in the eighth.

Dodger Blue Notes--Dave Roberts was eligible to be activated from the disabled list but a rain-soaked field prompted the Dodgers to err on the side of caution and hold him out. He hopes to get back into action in the Atlanta series. When Roberts returns, Joe Thurston likely will go back to Triple-A. ... Hideo Nomo will miss his next start while a split fingernail mends. ... Brian Falkenborg is studying game films, attempting to find a mechanical explanation after being tagged for eight runs in the first game of the series. ... Manager Jim Tracy started Jose Hernandez because he was 7-for-12 against the Thursday night Phillies pitcher and sat Cesar Izturis, despite the three-run homer he hit Wednesday night. ... The Dodgers, outscored 21-11 over the three-game sweep by Philadelphia and 40-18 over their seven-game losing streak, will try to break out of the funk today in Atlanta. ... Chuck Tiffany pitched a seven-inning perfect game Thursday for Class-A Columbus during a 10-0 win over Greensboro. Tiffany was a second-round selection in last year's amateur draft out of Charter Oak High. Check out the details in Bill Shelley's minor league report. ... Matchups for the Atlanta series: Today — Odalis Perez (2-2, 3.59) vs. Russ Ortiz (3-4, 5.18). Saturday — Jeff Weaver (2-5, 5.07) vs. Jaret Wright (2-4, 3.55). Sunday — Wilson Alvarez (2-0, 2.48) vs. Mike Hampton (0-5, 6.36).