Dodgers Dump Brewers 5-3

Kazuhisa Ishii hit the 100-pitch mark by walking his sixth man of the night and was pulled from the game with a four-run lead and only one out from qualifying for a win. Jose Lima (3-1) came out of the bullpen to earn the win. Alex Cora, who had three hits, made a diving stop on a shot up the middle with the bases loaded in the fifth, probably saving the game.

Gagné pitched a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts to earn his 11th save of the season and record 74th in a row. The Dodgers remained tied atop the National League West with San Diego despite winning for only the second time in 11 games, improving to 2-5 on the trip.

"Cora's done a terrific job and continues to do things both offensively and defensively to help us win games. He's been a big plus and has delivered a lot of clutch hits for us this season as we've tried to get other guys going."--Jim Tracy.

Ishii had walked 12 in 10.1 innings while losing his previous two starts, and control was again the problem Tuesday. He walked six, one intentionally, while throwing only 56 strikes in 100 pitches.

Things looked good early as the Dodgers took a 4-0 lead in a four-run third. Cora opened the inning with a line single to left and advanced to third on a throwing error by the catcher on a sacrifice bunt by Ishii.

The error was followed by RBI singles from Cesar Izturis and Shawn Green. Adrian Beltré, still hobbled by bone spurs in his right ankle, grounded into a double play, with Izturis scoring to make it 3-0. Paul Lo Duca doubled, scoring Shawn Green from third for a 4-0 lead.

The Brewers had a chance for a big inning but managed only one run after Ishii issued three walks to start the bottom of the third. He regrouped and struck out the cleanup hitter after allowing only a sacrifice fly.

Milwaukee closed to 4-2 in the fifth and it was 4-3 after the Brewers scored an unearned run in the sixth. The game stayed that way until the Dodgers added an insurance run in the ninth on three straight singles by Cora (boosting his average to .304), pinch-hitter Robin Ventura and Izturis.

The Dodgers (24-19) never trailed and remained tied with San Diego atop the National League West -- for the seventh consecutive day -- after the Padres won at Colorado.

Dodger Blue Notes--Shawn Green batted second for the first time since 1999 on Tuesday and was one for four with a run batted in. Green is batting .177 with three homers and 11 RBI in May. ... Hideo Nomo might be headed to the disabled list because of his damaged fingernail. The right-hander, who suffered a split nail on his right index finger May 19 against Philadelphia, was scratched from Saturday's scheduled start against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. ... The Dodgers disputed a radio report that they had agreed to acquire All-Star first baseman Carlos Delgado from the Toronto Blue Jays for outfielder Juan Encarnacion and a minor leaguer. General Manager Paul De Podesta said that he hadn't talked to Toronto in three or four weeks. Catcher Paul Lo Duca has been an effective hitter against the Brewers in his career, batting .365 (27-for-74) through 2003. ... Outfielder Dave Roberts left Tuesday to start a two-day rehabilitation assignment at Vero Beach. Roberts, recovering from a strained right hamstring, is second in the NL with 15 stolen bases, seven behind Milwaukee's Scott Podsednik. ... Shortstop Cesar Izturis started the series without having grounded into a double play this season in 162 at-bats. ... The Dodgers had led or had a share of first place every day since April 14. ... After walking twice in his first 37 games, third baseman Adrian Beltré walked five times in his last five games.

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