Arizona (30-54) at Los Angeles (44-37)

Cloudy Currently: Los Angeles, CA
Temp: 59° F
  • Game info: 10:10 pm EDT Wed Jul 7, 2004
  • TV: FSAZ, FSN2
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Eric Gagne wasted little time in returning to his dominant form.

Gagne and the Los Angeles Dodgers will try for their fifth straight win when they close their three-game series against the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.

Gagne’s major league-record streak of 84 consecutive saves ended Monday when he blew a 5-3 lead in the ninth inning of the Dodgers’ 6-5, 10-inning win.

However, he returned to form on Tuesday, pitching a scoreless ninth in Los Angeles’ 4-1 victory.

He got Quinton McCracken to fly out and Robby Hammock to pop out before allowing a single to Roberto Alomar. He then struck out pinch-hitter Tim Olson to complete his 22nd save in 23 chances this season.

Gagne might not get a chance to record a save in the series finale if the Dodgers do not get a strong start from Kazuhisa Ishii.

The 30-year-old left-hander had won four consecutive decisions before turning in perhaps his worst start of the season on Friday, allowing seven runs and seven hits over three innings in a 7-3 loss to Anaheim.

The Dodgers will be trying for their second-longest winning streak of the season. They won six straight from May 6-12.

Adrian Beltre keyed Los Angeles’ three-run sixth Tuesday with his 22nd homer.

Steve Finley hit his 21st homer for Arizona, which has dropped four of five.

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S. Sparks Hou vs. K. Ishii NYM
3-7 Record 13-8
6.04 ERA 4.71
57 K 99
45 BB 98
1.52 WHIP 1.47