Izturis Single Wins for L.A. in 10th

The Dodgers pulled a seemingly certain defeat out of the fire Monday, scoring twice in the ninth to tie the game 2-2, then winning in the 10th on a single by Cesar Izturis. Odalis Perez again pitched very well and again came up empty in the 'W' column, with Eric Gagné (2-0) collecting the victory in relief. The comeback made for the Dodgers' third consecutive win and fifth victory in six extra-inning games.

Perez gave up five hits and two runs in seven innings, striking out six and walking none, before leaving the game trailing 2-0 on a sac fly in the sixth and a homer in the seventh.

Perez (2-3), who has a 2.61 earned-run average in his last nine starts, feels he should have "seven or eight" victories but refused to complain about his run support, or lack thereof. He hasn't won a start since April 28.

"I have about 17 or 18 more starts. Everything can come around. Even if I give up three or four runs, maybe those guys come back and score seven or eight."--Odalis Perez.

The Dodgers scored one run in Perez's previous three starts, and seemed to be traveling down that road again, when the Milwaulkee pitcher hit Paul Lo Duca. Shawn Green took a called third strike but Adrian Beltré looped single to left, putting runners on first and second.

Juan Encarnacion, who came into the game 1-for-19, singled to score Lo Duca and put the Dodgers on the board for the first time. Jason Grabowski lined a single to push Beltré across with the tying run.

Gagné gave up a double and hit a batter in the 10th, still shaking the rust off his mechanics, but came out of it unscored upon.

Jose Hernandez led off the bottom of the 10th with a walk, moved to second on Dave Roberts' sacrifice bunt and came home on Izturis' single into the right field corner to give the Dodgers their third consecutive victory.

Izturis already has 18 RBI, as many as Paul Lo Duca, and almost halfway to his career-best of 40. He's hitting .462 with runners in scoring position and less than two out.

Pitching Moves--Edwin Jackson will be promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas to start Wednesday in place of Wilson Alvarez, who has a strained left hip suffered while favoring a sore right foot. The 14-year veteran requested a return to the bullpen in a meeting with Manager Jim Tracy and pitching coach Jim Colborn, saying he thought he could help the team while preserving his stamina by pitching in relief. Disabled starter Hideo Nomo will be sent to Las Vegas for a rehabilitation assignment Thursday and if things go well, will return to the rotation on June 8. Alvarez reported improvement in his hip but he will be in the bullpen and not the starting rotation. Jose Lima, despite eight scoreless innings in a spot start Saturday night, has been sent back to the bullpen as Tracy has decided to go with a four-man rotation until June 12.

A Dodger Mascot?--Lon Rosen, new Dodger executive vice president of marketing, is strongly considering adding a mascot to "add a more energy" at Chavez Ravine.

Dodger Blue Notes--Milton Bradley was not in the lineup Monday for the second consecutive game and Tracy said he won't return until the club is convinced that it has healed sufficiently. ... The Dodgers purchased former Major Leaguer Roy Smith from St. Paul of the independent Northern League and he was scheduled to start for Las Vegas in place of Jackson. Smith, a 6-foot-6, side-arming right-hander, was 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA in two starts for St. Paul with 15 strikeouts in 13.1 innings. Smith pitched last year in the Oakland system, where Dodger GM Paul DePodesta was the assistant general manager. The 28-year-old has pitched 13 games in the Major Leagues with Cleveland. ... Shawn Green attributed his recent surge at the plate to striding a little earlier during his swing, which allows him to see the ball better.