Houston (43-41) at Los Angeles (45-37)

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Temp: 90° F
  • Game info: 10:10 pm EDT Thu Jul 8, 2004
  • TV: KNWS, FSN2
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The Los Angeles Dodgers have made their way back to the top of the NL West.

They’ll try to tie their longest winning streak of the season when they open a four-game series against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers have won five straight to move into a first-place tie with the San Diego Padres in the NL West. They had lost eight of 11 before this streak.

Los Angeles won six consecutive games from May 6-12.

Kazuhisa Ishii pitched his first career one-hitter Wednesday, and Alex Cora capped a six-run first inning with a three-run homer to help the Dodgers complete a three-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks with an 11-0 rout.

“There are some good hitters in that lineup, but Kaz was in complete control,” Dodgers outfielder Dave Roberts said. “He’s 10-4 for a reason. He’s got great stuff. Sometimes he might lose focus, but tonight he was dead set on going after the hitters.”

The Astros had lost three straight before a 5-1 win over the Padres on Wednesday.

Roy Oswalt pitched effectively into the eighth inning to win his fourth straight start, and Jose Vizcaino hit a two-run homer to help Houston improve to 1-2 on its seven-game West Coast road trip.

Carlos Beltran also drove in two runs with a sacrifice fly and an RBI single. The Astros could have scored more, but they left the bases loaded three times and stranded 14 runners.

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1-2 Record 2-1
6.86 ERA 7.30
23 K 16
13 BB 11
1.73 WHIP 1.70