Toronto Thumps Nomo 7-1

Artificial fingernail and all, Hideo Nomo (3-6) was thumped again in his return off the disabled list, allowing for six hits and five earned runs in five innings in his first start since May 19. In an unusual matchup, former Dodger Ted Lilly held Los Angeles scoreless until former Bluejay Shawn Green slugged a home run in the eighth inning, That represented the entire Dodger offensive attack. However, Nomo's split fingernail that sidelined him for three weeks did not reoccur.

Nomo was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list after being sidelined on May 20 with a tear of his right index fingernail. Pitcher Brian Falkenborg was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Darren Dreifort pitched the eighth and gave up a single and a homer.

Nomo, a 16 game winner each of the past two seasons, continues to struggle, although pitching coach Jim Colborn said he thought his stuff was fine and that his velocity had picked up.

"I see a pitcher with stuff that can win a lot of games. That game was much better than the numbers indicate. There were only a couple of balls hit hard. His forte is making pitches in a jam. Tonight, probably because he hasn't been out there for a while, he wasn't able to make that pitch to get out of the jam."--Pitching Coach Jim Colborn.

Green had a productive game, adding a double to his homer and Cesar Izturis extended his hitting streak to 15 games, matching the longest streak by a Dodger shortstop since Maury Wills hit in 20 consecutive games in 1965.

The Dodgers (30-25) remained tied with San Diego atop the National League West after the Padres lost at Boston. It is the 15th time in the past 20 days the two teams have finished a day only percentage points apart, but third-place San Francisco moved closer with a win at Tampa Bay and now are only 1 game back.

The usually stoic Nomo admitted he is concerned. He said that one rehab start was enough and "I don't care about my velocity."

Drafted by the Dodgers in 1996, Lilly (5-2) won his fifth consecutive decision, shutting out the Dodgers on six hits before Shawn Green hit his eighth home run of the season against his former team. The shot chased Lilly after 112 pitches.

Lilly never pitched for the Dodgers. He threw a no-hitter and was selected the California League 'Pitcher of the Year' in 1997, his second professional season. On July 31, 1998 he was 8-4 with a 3.30 ERA for AA San Antonio when he was traded with minor league first baseman Jonathan Tucker, Peter Bergeron, and Wilton Guerrero to the Montreal Expos for Carlos Perez, Mark Grudzielanek, and Hiram Bocachica.