Los Angeles (28-23) at Arizona (21-33)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Fri Jun 4, 2004
  • TV: FSN2, FSAZ
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No matter how wild Kazuhisa Ishii gets, he always seems to be in control of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

He will look to continue his dominance over them as the Los Angeles Dodgers open a three-game series at Bank One Ballpark.

Ishii is 4-1 with a 1.31 ERA in eight career starts against Arizona, including five scoreless outings. Despite his success, he has struggled with his control against the Diamondbacks, issuing 31 walks.

The third-year pitcher surrendered four more walks to the Diamondbacks Sunday, but still managed to hold them to three hits over six innings in a 3-0 victory.

It was the fourth time in five starts that Ishii allowed more walks than hits. He has 22 walks in his last 21 innings, and leads the NL with 42 walks after two consecutive seasons of 100 or more.

“He’s always pitched like that against us,” Arizona center fielder Steve Finley said. “He’s effectively wild, or whatever you want to call it.”

The Dodgers have won four of five, including a 5-2 victory over Milwaukee Wednesday.

Paul Lo Duca homered and finished with three RBIs for Los Angeles. The catcher is batting .361 this season, tied for second-best in the NL.

Milton Bradley, tied for second on the Dodgers with seven homers, was suspended for four games Thursday for his tantrum earlier this week after an ejection against Brewers.

Los Angeles manager Jim Tracy was suspended for one game. Bradley and Tracy also were fined undisclosed amounts by Bob Watson, baseball’s vice president of on-field operations. The suspensions were set to start Friday, but if Bradley appeals, it will not take effect until a hearing is held.

The Diamondbacks are going for a season-high fourth straight victory after taking three of four from San Francisco with Thursday’s 11-5 rout.

Luis Gonzalez had a double and a triple and drove in two runs for the Diamondbacks. The left fielder is batting .563 (9-for-16) during a four-game hitting streak.

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