Dodgers batter DBacks 10-0

After the drought, the deluge. Dodger batters batted and Dodger pitchers pitched and, at least for a day, all was right with the world. Jose Lima worked a sparkling two-hitter for eight innings, Paul Lo Duca was 4-for-4 and Adrian Beltré and Juan Encarnacion slugged three-run homers as the Dodgers dismantled Arizona 10-0 and pulled within a game of San Diego and into a tie in the lost column.

A four-run third inning and a five-run fifth provided more than enough for Lima (4-1), who allowed two hits in eight shutout innings and might have earned a second chance as a starting pitcher after his two previous disastrous attempts. Lima struck out seven and walked one.

He retired eight of the first nine hitters he faced and didn't allow a hit a double with two outs in the third. Lima then retired 12 consecutive batters before double in the seventh.

Starting for injured right-hander Hideo Nomo, he threw 112 pitches (78 strikes) in an eight-inning outing. Relying on an effective sinker, he lowering his earned-run average from 4.94 to 3.92.

Eric Gagné, with one save since May 8, pitched the ninth, giving up a hit and walk, but striking out three.

"I know I'm a good pitcher. They might think I can't pitch more than five or six innings, but if they give me the ball every five days, I promise you something good. I proved it before. Those 21 wins (in 1999). That was no fluke. I come all the way back from the independent league to get to this point. I thank God and my family. And the Dodgers for the opportunity."--Jose Lima.

The middle of the order made the biggest contribution, driving in all 10 runs, as the Dodgers won for only the third time in 15 games. Paul Lo Duca paced the attack with four hits, Adrian Beltré drove in three runs with his 12th home run and Juan Encarnacion also had three runs batted in on his seventh homer.

Shawn Green struck out in the first-inning and again draw a loud response from his detractors. But by the fifth inning, no boos could be heard over the roar of support, after a pair of RBI singles.

Green had driven in only two runs in his previous 54 at-bats when he came to the plate in the third with two outs and Milton Bradley on second. Green worked the count full and ripped the ball to right field to score Bradley.

Adrian Beltré's home made it a 4-0 lead. Green added an RBI single in the fifth and Juan Encarnacion added his home run. Paul Lo Duca went 4-for-4, including two RBI singles.

The Dodgers received a scare when Bradley, who reached base in all four of his at-bats, left the game after "tweaking" his previously sprained left ankle while trying to break up a double play in the sixth inning and had to be helped from the field. The Dodgers list Bradley as day to day with a mild ankle sprain, saying the injury was different from the sprain the switch-hitter suffered in April against the Colorado Rockies.

The Padres are leading the N.L. West with a 27-22 record and the Dodgers 25-22, one game behind. Both clubs are watching the charging Giants who won their eighth straight and have pulled back to 24-24, just 2 /12 game out of first.

Dodger Blue Notes--The Dodgers purchased the contract of right-handed reliever Rodney Myers from Las Vegas and optioned second baseman Joe Thurston to Las Vegas to make room for Myers on the 25-man roster. ... Wilson Alvarez, who left Friday night's game after two innings with a strained left hip, received a cortisone injection when he reported no improvement. Alvarez will miss his next scheduled start Wednesday and Triple-A pitchers Joel Hanrahan or Edwin Jackson and long reliever Brian Falkenborg are under consideration to replace Alvarez, but Darren Dreifort is not. ... The Dodgers placed Hideo Nomo on the disabled list with a torn fingernail and activated Dave Roberts, leaving the club with 11 pitchers. ... Hideo Nomo, using an acrylic patch on his split fingernail, threw a bullpen session that left pitching coach Jim Colborn delighted. Nomo was able to throw fastballs with life and splitters with movement. Nomo originally was targeted to pitch in Boston in two weeks, but he may eligible to be activated Friday. ... When Spring Training ended, the Dodgers had more pitchers than they knew what to do with. They traded Tanyon Sturtze to the New York Yankees and Rick White to Cleveland. Doug Nickle had a pair of bad outings for Las Vegas and surprised the organization by retiring. Friday, Nomo went on the disabled list and within a few hours, Alvarez hurt his hip. All of which led to a call to Los Vegas for Myers.