Dodgers Whitewash DBacks 3-0

The Dodgers, after losing four consecutive series, used a strong performance by Kazuhisa Ishii, who pitched six shutout innings, and Eric Gagné who recorded his 75th consecutive save and 12th this season, to win 3-0 and take two of three from the Diamondbacks. Paul Lo Duca, batting in the No. 3 spot because of Milton Bradley's sprained ankle, reached base in four of five at-bats and before his broken-bat groundout in the eighth, had reached base in eight consecutive at-bats.

With a double, two singles and a walk, Lo Duca raised his batting average to .366. His ninth-inning groundout ended a streak of seven consecutive hits. His .366 batting average is second best in the National League.

"I hope I can keep it going all the way through October. I feel good. I'm not trying to do too much; I'm just trying to get base hits." --Paul Lo Duca.

Ishii (6-3, 3.49) followed the eight scoreless innings of Jose Lima in Saturday night's 10-0 win and the Dodgers winning consecutive games for the first time since May 11-12. It was the since back-to-back shutouts since Sept. 12-13 of last season.

After the first inning, in which he gave up a single and two walks, Ishii retired 11 of the next 13 batters he faced and left after throwing 82 pitches, a low total for Ishii this season.

A rusty Eric Gagné walked one and hit a batter in the ninth but survived for his 12th save of the year and second since May 8, extending his Major League record of consecutive successful saves to 75 dating back to Aug. 28, 2002.

After the first two Dodgers were retired, Lo Duca singled, then Shawn Green worked back from an 0-2 count to a walk, and they both scored when Beltré slugged a high fastball for a two-run double.

They seemed poised to break the game open in the fifth, but after singles by Lo Duca, Green and Beltré loaded the bases with no outs, Juan Encarnacion, Jose Hernandez and David Ross struck out, swinging mostly at breaking balls in the dirt.

The Dodgers added an insurance run in the sixth on a bunt single by Roberts, a stolen base (#16 in 17 attempts) and Green's RBI single.

Green has five hits and three runs batted in his last 12 at-bats

Hernandez, a non-roster invitee to spring training, is hitting .393 (22 for 56) in 16 starts.

The Dodgers (26-22), who won consecutive games for the first time since May 11-12, remained one game behind the San Diego Padres in the National League West.

Dodger Blue Notes--The Dodgers were without Bradley, who injured his previously sprained left ankle while trying to break up a double play Saturday night. Bradley was in the initial starting lineup Sunday but was scratched after batting practice and is still considered day to day. ... Jim Edwin Tracy is dedicating this season to his father, Jim Leo Tracy, who is fighting the recurrence of prostate cancer that originally struck him seven years ago. ... Cesar Izturis hit .311 in the leadoff spot when Roberts missed two weeks with a hamstring strain. Roberts' return bumped Izturis down to the No. 2 hole, but he's also hitting almost .300 in that position. Izturis has fought out of an early May slump and raised his average from .266 to .305 since May 13. Izturis, a switch hitter, hit .233 as a left-hander last year but is hitting 28 points higher this season.