Dodgers Battle to 9-6 Win

The Dodgers broke out of their offense funk and rolled to a 7-0 lead, then had to beat off the pesky Padres to earn a 9-6 victory and some breathing room in the N.L. West before they moved into San Francisco in a three-game showdown. The Dodgers won for only the fourth time in 11 games and increased their lead over the second-place, who lost Thursday, to 1 1/2 games.

Leadoff batter Cesar Izturis hit his fourth home run to get the Dodgers started in a two-run third, and Beltré had three of the team's 14 hits, boosting his average to .342. Steve Finley, after an 0-for-25 slump, had two hits

Kaz Ishii, in a Rube Goldberg-sort of situation, was filling in for the injured Wilson Alvarez, who had been filling in for the erratic Ishii. He couldn't get out of the fifth inning despite being staked to a seven-run lead. Ishii walked six in only 4.2 innings and finished one out short of qualifying for his first victory since Aug. 29.

The Padres had runners in scoring position in four of the first five innings and he escaped the first three jams without allowing a run, helped by a diving catch from former Finley.

Elmer Dessens took over for Ishii and allowed an RBI single. A Pinch-hit single to left apparently was going to score another Giant run but Jayson Werth gunned the runner out at the plate to end the fifth inning.

Yhency Brazoban (3-0), allowed the leadoff hitter to reach base in both of his innings, but Cesar Izturis and Alex Cora came up with a pair of double plays. Brazoban has an ERA of 0.93 in 29 innings.

Eric Gagné retired the Padres 1-2-3 in the eighth, then had to battle in the ninth, giving up three hits and two runs to record his 43rd save in 45 opportunities.

Izturis' two-out homer in the third got the scoring started. Steve Finley, Milton Bradley, Cora, Brent Mayne and David Ross all drove in runs, as did Ishii. The Dodgers got multi-hit games from Finley, Adrian Beltré, Green, Bradley and Cora.

Green to sit out Saturday--Shawn Green told the Dodgers that he will play Friday night in San Francisco, but sit out Saturday's game to observe the Jewish high holiday of Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur -- which means Day of Atonement -- is the holiest day in the Jewish year, and members of the religion are taught to refrain from all work, fast the entire day and attend services at a synagogue. The holiday begins at sundown on Friday and ends at sundown on Saturday. ... Brad Penny, who left Wednesday's start in the fourth inning, underwent an electromyography Thursday, which confirmed an irritation to the nerve in his upper right arm similar to the one originally suffered Aug. 8. He is not expected to pitch again this year. ... Wilson Alvarez, scratched from Thursday night's start with hip and hamstring soreness, tried a bullpen session but was less than 100 percent. With only 10 days left in the season, Tracy indicated that if and when Alvarez is able to pitch, it's likely to be out of the bullpen.

Weekend pitching matchups

Tonight, 7 — Odalis Perez (6-6, 3.39) vs. Kirk Rueter (8-11, 4.82 ERA)
Saturday, 1 p.m. — Jose Lima (13-5, 4.06) vs. Brad Hennessey (2-2, 4.40).
Sunday, 1 p.m. — Jeff Weaver (12-12, 4.00) vs. Brett Tomko (11-6, 4.15).