Ishii Has Bad Night

The Colorado Rockies were singularity unimpressed by the Dodgers' eight-game winning streak and Kaz Ishii's 6-1 record in Dodger Stadium. They roughed up the lefthander, knocking him out in the fourth inning. Despite rallying from a 6-0 deficit to place the tying run on second in the last of the ninth, Los Angeles dropped a 6-5 decision and their record for July slid to 15-3. The Dodgers' first loss since the All-Star break left them with a 2 1/2-game lead over the Giants and Padres.

Shawn Green slugged a two-out solo homer to right in the ninth inning (#13) to pull the Dodgers within a run, but pinch-hitter Robin Ventura grounded out to first with pinch-runner Dave Roberts on second as the Dodgers failed to complete a come-from-behind victory for the first time in seven games to open the second half.

The first 10 Dodgers were retired in order before Jose Hernandez's lined a shot into the empty right field pavilion.

Trailing, 6-1, in the sixth, pinch-hitter Olmedo Saenz walked and Cesar Izturis' singled. Hernandez banged a double down the left-field line, Milton Bradley followed with a run-scoring groundout and Adrian Beltré added a sacrifice fly to deep left field that made it 6-4.

The game turned in the first inning when Kaz Ishii failed to cover first base on a potential double play ball. He loaded the bases with nobody out after giving up a pair of singles and a walk.

With one out, Ishii got what looked like a possible double-play grounder from that would have gotten Ishii out of the inning without a run scoring. Shawn Green scooped up the ball on one hop at first base and made a quick throw to second for the force. Shortstop Cesar Izturis prepared to make the relay throw, except that when he looked toward first, there was no one there.

A run scored on the play and an RBI single gave the Rockies a 2-0 first inning margin.

Ishii left in the fourth and Sanchez allowed the score to balloon to 6-0 before Tom Martin, Darren Dreifort and Giovanni Carrara shut out the Rockies the rest of the way.

Dodger Blue Notes--Edwin Jackson threw on flat ground and the staff was encouraged with the results, but he is not far enough along to have him do much more yet. ... Hideo Nomo showed enough progress throwing on flat ground that they expect him to begin a bullpen session next week. There is no timetable for the return of either starter. ... The Dodgers' eight-game winning streak is the longest since they reeled of 10 in a row in May 2003. The 6-0 record coming out of the All-Star break is the first since 1988. In the last 15 games, the starters are 9-1 with a 3.08 ERA. ... Adrian Beltré is batting .404 with 10 home runs since June 15th. With a .326 average and 63 RBI, Beltré is the only batter in the NL to rank in the top 10 in all three Triple Crown categories.

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