Lo Duca Keys 7-3 Victory

With bench coach Jim Riggleman in charge while manager Jim Tracy sat out his suspension, Paul Lo Duca slugged a home run, had another taken away from him and finished with three RBI as the Dodgers opened their road trip with a 7-3 win over Arizona. Kaz Ishii, who won a team-high seventh game, gave up a pair of runs in the first, another in the fifth and the bullpen closed the game out with Gulliermo Mota earning the save.

Lo Duca whacked a three-run homer into the bullpen to key a four-run third. Left fielder Luis Gonzalez reached over the wall in left-center in the seventh inning, taking away a second home run from him. Lo Duca tipped his cap to the outfielder after the catch. Lo Duca had not homered in back-to-back games since Oct. 2-3, 2001, at San Diego.

Milton Bradley, playing in his first game since Major League Baseball handed him a four-game suspension for an on-field outburst earlier in the week, gave the Dodgers a 5-1 lead in the fourth with a run-scoring double to right. Bradley has filed an appeal and will not have to sit out any games until his case is heard.

Jayson Werth, fresh back from Las Vegas and playing for the first time since opening day because of a strained abdominal muscle, hammered a 436-foot solo homer off the foul pole in the ninth.

Cesar Izturis boosted his hitting streak to 12 games with a single to right in the first, and opened the four-run third with a broken-bat single to left. Werth bounced into a fielder's choice, then Werth went to second on a balk and scored on Bradley's single to cut the Arizona lead to 2-1.

Shawn Green then doubled to left-center, moving Bradley to third, and the red-hot Lo Duca hit his third homer of the season and the second in two games. He's 10-for-17 in four games against Arizona, second in the league with a .362 average and is hitting .394 with runners in scoring position.

Ishii (7-3), collected the victory but walked six batters and was gone after five innings. Ishii is among the league leaders in wins while leading the league with 48 walks. He has walked 33 in his past six starts. However, he is on pace to win 21.

"Overall, I wasn't satisfied with this performance. I think I should have been more aggressive. It wasn't just about control. It was more a mentality issue, and that's something I have to work on. As a starting pitcher, I should be able to pitch more than five innings. I think that's my responsibility."--Kaz Ishii.

The Diamondbacks went up 2-0 in the first inning, Ishii pitched out of a first-and-second jam in the fourth, then gave up a run and stranded two more fifth before leaving.