Dodgers Dump Birds Behind Lima's Pitching

Jose Lima (5-2) worked -- if that is the word, since he only used 68 pitches -- for seven innings, allowing three hits, no walks while striking out four to stay unbeaten at Dodger Stadium. A homer broke his streak of 21 consecutive scoreless innings at home, but Lima has yet to lose a decision in Los Angeles and has posted a 3-1 record with a 1.30 ERA in his last nine appearances.

Juan Encarnacion's 10th homer keyed a four-run sixth, ending a pitcher's duel in front of 29,711 in the Orioles' first appearance at Dodger Stadium since the 1966 World Series in which they swept the Dodgers.

Lima pitched out of the only trouble he encountered with the help of a double play in the fourth inning and gave up only three hits, including a homer in the seventh. The right-hander improved to 3-2 with a 4.11 earned-run average in six starts.

"What we saw tonight is exactly what we saw all spring. The reason why Lima made this ballclub was his command. He rarely missed a spot; that's exactly what we saw during the course of the spring."--manager jim Tracy.

Eric Gagné entered the game in the ninth with runners on first and second after Darren Dreifort had allowed a double and a walk. Gagné got the final two outs for his 77th consecutive save and 14th of the season.

The Dodgers broke a 0-0 game open with a four-run sixth inning. Milton Bradley and Shawn Green led off with singles, Paul Lo Duca bunted the runners over and Adrian Beltré followed with a line drive off the pitcher and Bradley scored.

Juan Encarnacion then crushed a three-run home run 400 feet into the left-field pavilion. Shawn Green, who was 3-for-4 to boost his average to .259, singled home Cesar Izturis in the seventh to give the Dodgers a four-run lead.

Encarnacion has also sizzling, with a hit in 12 of his last 13 games. He is hitting .392 with three homers and nine runs batted in over that span, raising his average to .254.

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