Nomo, Ventura Key 8-2 win

Hideo Nomo and Robin Ventura combined to give the Dodgers another full game lead over the Giants and the Padres with a 8-2 win against the Dbacks. Nomo worked his second quality start in succession to end a personal 10-game losing streak and Ventura put the game on ice with a pinch-hit, grand slam homer, his second jackpot shot in the last eight games. Ventura's career numbers with the bases loaded are a sizzling .344 with 213 RBI in 186 at-bats.

Ventura's slam tied him with Willie McCovey for third place all time. Only Eddie Murray (19) and Lou Gehrig (23) have more.

"It doesn't make sense to be on a list with those people. I'm just fortunate to be hitting in my career behind guys other teams didn't want to face like Frank Thomas, Albert Belle and Mike Piazza."--Robin Ventura.

In his second start since returning from a two-month layoff caused by rotator cuff inflammation, Nomo pitched six-plus solid innings. He had allowed three runs in six innings in a 3-1 loss to the Diamondbacks last week.

Nomo (4-11) walked two and struck out six to record his first victory since April 21. He gave up five hits and two runs and retired six of the final eight batters he faced.

After spending two months on the shelf to strengthen his shoulder, Nomo has been eased back into action with a pair of starts against the Diamondbacks, now stuck in a five-game losing streak.

Giovanni Carrara, Yhency Brazoban and Wilson Alvarez shut Arizona down the final three innings.

Shawn Green drove in the go-ahead run in fifth before Ventura hit his 18th career grand slam, a pinch-hit shot in the seventh.

The Dodgers took a 4-2 lead in the fifth after Steve Finley and Milton Bradley drew consecutive walks. Green's one-out single past second base drove in Finley and moved Bradley to third. Jayson Werth's grounder scored another run.

The Diamondbacks had tied the score at 2-2 in the fifth.

Dodger Blue Notes--Disabled pitcher Brad Penny's rehabilitation continues. On Tuesday, the right-hander threw off the mound for the first time since getting injured. Penny suffered a strained biceps and nerve injury on Aug. 8. But he's now throwing with significant velocity. On Monday, he made 50 throws from 150 feet, then 10 throws off the "flat" mound in the bullpen, then 20 more off the mound. ... Callups: In addition to Edwin Jackson, the Dodgers added four other players from the Triple-A club: infielders Joe Thurston, Antonio Perez and Jose Flores, and outfielder Chin-Feng Chen. To add Flores to the 40-man Major League roster, disabled pitcher Darren Dreifort was moved from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. Also given a callup was Las Vegas manager Terry Kennedy, who will join the staff for September.