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Ishii turns up the heat

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Dodgers starting pitcher Kazuhisa Ishii of Japan only allowed the Diamondbacks to get one hit -- retiring the first 12 batters for the win


Dodgers pitcher Kazuhisa Ishii works in the fourth inning against the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The Dodgers won the game 11-0.


Kazuhisa Ishii pitched his first career one-hitter, Alex Cora capped a six-run first inning with a three-run homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers routed the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-0 for their fifth straight victory.

Ishii (10-4) retired his first 12 batters before giving up a leadoff walk in the fifth to Luis Gonzalez and a line single by Shea Hillenbrand.

Both runners advanced on a two-out wild pitch, but Juan Brito grounded out to third.

No one else reached base against Ishii, who went the distance for the second time in 72 starts, recording his second shutout and improving his career record against Arizona to 6-1. Three of his wins this season have come against the Diamondbacks.

Ishii, who has not allowed an earned run in six of his 10 career starts against the Diamondbacks, struck out five and walked one. He was coming off his shortest outing of the season, a 7-3 loss at Anaheim in which he gave up seven runs over three innings.

Ishii's other shutout was a four-hit, 9-0 victory over San Francisco on April 25 at Dodger Stadium.

The one-hitter was the second against Arizona this season, the other coming June 25 at Detroit on a combined effort by Jason Johnson and Ugueth Urbina. The Dodgers had one other one-hitter this year, when Wilson Alvarez and Guillermo Mota teamed up for a 4-0 win at Pittsburgh on May 7.

Jayson Werth and Jason Grabowski hit consecutive homers in the fifth inning and Shawn Green had a pair of RBI singles, helping the Dodgers complete their first three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks since September 2000.

Arizona has lost 16 of 18 and nine straight on the road, one short of the team record that was set last season. Knuckleballer Steve Sparks walked two batters in the first with two outs after not walking a batter in his last two starts -- a span of 9 1-3 innings. Both batters scored as the Dodgers batted around.

Green followed a walk to Adrian Beltre with an opposite-field RBI single that drove in Paul Lo Duca. Grabowski followed a walk to Werth with a two-run single, and Cora capped the rally with a drive into the right-field pavilion for his career-high sixth home run.

Sparks (3-5) pitched 4 1-3 innings and allowed nine runs on eight hits, including a two-run homer by Werth that chased the right-hander. Stephen Randolph came in and gave up Grabowski's sixth home run for a 10-0 cushion.

Braves 14, Expos 2

In San Juan, Puerto Rico, Jaret Wright pitched six solid innings, Andruw Jones homered twice and drove in five runs to help Atlanta defeat Montreal.

Both Jones and J.D. Drew went 4-for-4 and homered in the sixth inning as the Braves swept the three-game series and won for the 10th time in 13 games.

Charles Thomas, Adam LaRoche and Rafael Furcal also went deep as part of Atlanta's 17-hit attack. Wright (6-5) gave up six hits and allowed a run.

Livan Hernandez (6-8) worked two-plus innings and allowed six runs on eight hits.

Brewers 4, Cubs 0

In Milwaukee, Doug Davis pitched eight innings and Geoff Jenkins hit a two-run homer as Milwaukee completed a rare three-game sweep of Chicago.

Davis (9-6) struck out a career-high nine and allowed just four hits and two walks. All-Star Carlos Zambrano (9-4) allowed four runs on eight hits and four walks in 5 2-3 innings.

Cardinals 4, Reds 2

In St. Louis, All-Star shortstop Barry Larkin's second error of the season led to the go-ahead run, and Reggie Sanders' seventh-inning single was decisive for St. Louis, which defeated Cincinnati.

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