Jackson Wins Emergency Start

Edwin Jackson (1-0), in his first major-league start this season, struggled with his control at times and lasted only five innings because of a high pitch count but he won for the third time in four career starts as the Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 in front of 27,871 at Dodger Stadium. Eric Gagné got the final four outs for his 13th save and 76th consecutive. Paul Lo Duca carried the offense with a solo homer and two-run single. Dave Roberts had a triple, double and a run.

With the victory, the Dodgers won their second consecutive series after losing four in a row. They clung onto their percentage points lead over San Diego but added a game to their maragin over the Giants who lost to Arizona.

Jackson, who brought a 5.13 ERA with him from Las Vegas, stayed out of trouble but stranded runners on third in the second and fourth innings, however he had three-ball counts on nine of the first 12 batters he faced. He walked three, struck out three and threw 96 pitches in his first start since Sept. 27, when he threw six shutout innings to beat San Francisco.

"I got behind a couple of times tonight and made some pitches and had excellent defensive plays behind me. That's one of the good things about playing with this team -- you know you can make mistakes on pitches and the defense is going to be behind you 100%."--Edwin Jackson.

Middle infielders Alex Cora and Cesar Izturis each saved runs and combined on a double play that killed a third rally. Jackson picked a runner off second to stop another. Adrian Beltré also contributed with a spectacular defensive play in the seventh in which he barehanded a slow roller and fired a throw to first for the out.

Jackson will accompany the team to Arizona, but that's believed to be only a precaution in case Hideo Nomo suffers a setback in today's rehabilitation start.

The Dodgers loaded the bases in the first on a single and two walks. Paul Lo Duca, who is third in the league with a .361 batting average, then hit a single through the left side of the infield that allowed Cesar Izturis, who had reached on a single to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, and Milton Bradley to score for a 2-1 Dodgers lead.

Dave Roberts led off the third with a triple and scored one out later on a wild pitch.

The Dodgers added a run in the fifth when pinch hitter Jason Grabowski doubled, went to third on an outfield error and scored on Izturis' squeeze bunt. Lo Duca hit a solo home run, his second of the season, for his third RBI of the game.

No Mascot--The Dodgers have scrapped plans to consider adopting a team mascot as part of their strategy to reenergize Dodger Stadium. "A mascot is not something we're working on," said Lon Rosen, executive vice president of marketing. Rosen had said earlier in the week that the Dodgers were contemplating mascot possibilities, but Wednesday he acknowledged that the team was focusing on other ways to enliven the stadium atmosphere, including recorded music between innings.

McCourt adds title--Team owner Frank McCourt announced he will also serve as club president. McCourt has served in the role of president since the resignation of Bob Graziano. McCourt also named Jeff Ingram executive vice president of business development. Ingram had been working with McCourt's Boston-based development company and will divide his time between Los Angeles and Boston.

Dodger Blue Notes--The Dodgers could learn Thursday about an anticipated suspension of outfielder Milton Bradley for his Tuesday night meltdown that led to his ejection and that of manager Jim Tracy. The umpires said Bradley was arguing strike calls from the dugout, but Tracy pointed out that play was never stopped by the umpires to issue the dugout a warning. Tracy said it would be unfair if Bradley has been targeted by umpires based on past performance. ... To make room on the roster for Wednesday's starter, Edwin Jackson, the Dodgers designated reliever Rodney Myers for assignment. The Dodgers have 10 days to trade, release or outright Myers back to Triple-A. He also could be sold to a Japanese team. ... Disabled pitcher Hideo Nomo makes an injury rehabilitation start Thursday night for Triple-A Las Vegas to test his healing torn fingernail. If all goes well, Nomo will be activated to start Tuesday night in Toronto. ... Wilson Alvarez, sidelined by a strained left hip, has improved enough to plan a bullpen session Friday in Arizona. Alvarez hurt the hip favoring a bruised right foot, which he said now is healed and pain free. ... Jayson Werth might be activated when Edwin Jackson is sent back after his start. Werth is 20-for-48 with five homers and 19 RBI in 13 games on his injury rehab assignment. Werth hit three home runs and drove in six runs Tuesday for triple-A Las Vegas.