“It was a big game against a big pitcher with a packed house, and that makes it fun,” said Lackey, who held the Dodgers to five hits, struck out three and walked one in 7 1-3 innings.
The Angels have won just four of their last 12 games. The other two victories came against another 10-game winner—Seattle’s Jamie Moyer.
Ishii hasn’t given up more than three earned runs since his first start of the season. However, he has struggled against Anaheim during his career, going 0-2 with a 10.80 ERA in two starts.
Los Angeles hopes to provide the 30-year-old southpaw with some support.
“We never did state the fact that we were the ’27 Yankees offensively. We know where our strengths lie,” said manager Jim Tracy of the pitching-rich Dodgers. “We don’t need a touchdown every night to win, but we need to do better than we did tonight and on some other nights.”
The Dodgers haven’t scored more than three runs in any of their last 10 losses.
STANDINGS: Dodgers - 2nd place, 2 GB, NL West. Angels - 3rd place, 13 GB, AL West.
DODGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Ishii (7-2, 2.78 ERA). Ishii has given up 16 hits and 11 runs in 6 2-3 innings against Anaheim. He allowed two runs and eight hits over 5 2-3 innings in Monday’s 3-2 loss to San Francisco, but didn’t factor in the decision.
ANGELS PROBABLE STARTER: Kevin Appier (5-4, 4.82 ERA). Appier has alternated quality starts with poor ones in his last five games. He gave up one run in five innings to beat Los Angeles 6-3 on Sunday. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 3.51 ERA in four career starts against the Dodgers.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Dodgers - Paul Lo Duca, .321 avg.; Fred McGriff, 10 HRs; Shawn Green, 39 RBIs and 36 runs; Dave Roberts, 24 SBs. Angels - Garret Anderson, .317 avg., 18 HRs and 66 RBIs; Troy Glaus, 45 runs; Adam Kennedy, 11 SBs.
INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Angels - 8-8. Dodgers - 12-4.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Dodgers - LF Brian Jordan will only be available for emergency pinch-hitting duty this series, manager Jim Tracy said. Jordan strained a muscle in his left leg beating out an infield single Tuesday night in San Francisco. … RHP Brown and Ishii haven’t lost in consecutive starts all season. … OF Green is 11-for-26 (.423) in his career against RHP Appier. Angels - RHP Ramon Ortiz, scheduled for one more start this month, is 5-0 in June, the first Anaheim pitcher to win five games in a month since Ken Hill in April 1988. The last Angels pitcher to win as many as six in a month was Chuck Finley, who went 7-0 in June 1997. Ortiz is slated to pitch Monday against Texas. … OF Jeff DaVanon, who is hitting .333 with nine home runs this year, started in right field in the series opener against Los Angeles. He will see more playing time because DH Brad Fullmer is going to have season-ending knee surgery. … OF Darin Erstad, 3B Troy Glaus and DH Tim Salmon are a combined 10-for-13 (.769) against LHP Ishii.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Dodgers - 21-17 on the road; Angels - 20-17 at home.
INJURIES: Dodgers - 1B McGriff (groin), 15-day DL; C Todd Hundley (back), 15-day DL; LHP Troy Brohawn (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Darren Dreifort (knee), 15-day DL; LHP Derek Thompson (elbow), 60-day DL. Angels - DH Fullmer (knee), day-to-day; RHP Mickey Callaway (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Matt Wise (elbow), 60-day DL.