Beltré, Ishii Stop the Bleeding

Adrian Beltré and Kaz Ishii righted the Dodger ship just before the waves crashed into the hold and lifeboats were launched. The 10-5 victory was sparked by the third baseman's two homers (#19) and five RBI (#52), while Ishii, buoyed by a seven-run fourth inning, walked five in six-plus innings and left in the seventh inning with no outs and the bases loaded. Ishii is 9-3 with a 3.83 ERA and most importantly, six of his wins have followed Dodgers losses.

The Dodgers gained no ground on San Francisco or San Diego, but avoided suffering a series sweep. The Dodger host San Francisco for three games, then have an Interleague series rematch next weekend in Anaheim.

"It's been a tough week for us, but hopefully the worst is in the past and we weathered it. Another loss and it would have been like a morgue in here."--Dave Roberts.

Beltré, who can become a free agent next year, slugged a three-run homer in the fourth and a two-run shot in the sixth. He is having a career year, and is on a pace of 42 homers and 115 RBI. His career highs are 23 and 85. He's batting .323 compared to a .262 career average entering the season and he did not hit his 19th homer last season until his 142nd game. He knocked in his 52nd run after 113 games in 2003.

Beltré, who went three for five in his third multi-homer game of the season, was 11-for-21 with three homers and nine RBI in the last five games.

Shawn Green, who had three singles, a walk and was hit by a pitch Sunday in the third spot of the order. Juan Encarnacion, batting fifth, homered and doubled, and left the game after suffering a slight strain to his left hip flexor during an eighth-inning strikeout.

The 3-4-5 spots in the order (Green, Beltré, Encarnacion) were on top of their game, going 8-for-11 with three homers and nine RBI.

An error that led to a pair of unearned runs for the Angels in the second inning.

But then, railing 2-1, the Dodgers exploded for a seven runs in the fourth inning. One-out walks to Jason Grabowski and David Ross started things. Alex Cora dropped a soft liner into right-field scoring Grabowski. Ishii then looped a single to left to score Ross and move Cora to third. Dave Roberts' suicide squeeze bunt was short and Cora was tagged at the plate for the second out.

Cesar Izturis hit yet another soft fly to right scoring Ishii from second. Green's grounder glanced off the back of the pitcher's leg and Roberts scored. Beltré then put the cherry on top of the sundae, slugging a three-run homer to right.

Milton Bradley, the regular No. 3 hitter, is serving his league-imposed, four-game suspension at a time when he can't able to play anyway because of soreness in his right shoulder. Bradley went 6-for-12 in his final three games before going down.

The Dodgers (38-35) are holding on by their fingernails in the National League West, and with this week's three-game set with the Giants is a critical series.

Dodger Blue Notes--Despite the recent slump by the Dodgers, General Manager Paul DePodesta reaffirmed his support of Manager Jim Tracy, saying he is happy with the job Tracy has done. "Overall, I'm happy with the job Jim has done. I think he's done a nice job using the pieces we have," he told the Los Angeles Times. "He's found ways to work in [Jose] Hernandez, [Jayson] Werth, [Jason] Grabowski, which has helped give Dave Roberts some rest. Jim has definitely done some good things with our pieces, but there's a limit to what impact any manager can have." ... Dodger starter Odalis Perez is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam tomorrow because of soreness in his pitching shoulder. Perez warmed up but still felt pain, however the doctor who examined him did not think the rotator cuff is damaged. … The Dodgers sold out the weekend series against the Angels and the 12 sellouts at Dodger Stadium are one more than the Dodgers had all of last season. ... When was the last time you saw the Dodgers operating with three, .300 hitters this late in June? Beltré (.323), Izturis (.303) and Cora (.301) all top the magic number.