Dodgers 9, Marlins 4

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MIAMI (AP)—When Kazuhisa Ishii pitches, the Los Angeles Dodgers hit.

Shawn Green homered twice and drove in four runs to back Ishii, who earned his fifth win Thursday night in the Dodgers’ 9-4 victory over the Florida Marlins.

The Dodgers have scored 47 runs in Ishii’s five wins—9.4 per game.

“Of course it relieves the pressure off me when I get the runs,” Ishii said through a translator. “But my job is to keep the runs down, regardless of how many runs I get.”

Juan Encarnacion homered and knocked in three runs for Los Angeles. Milton Bradley hit a solo shot, and Eric Gagne extended his major league record to 72 consecutive saves.

Dontrelle Willis (3-1), coming off the shortest start of his career, gave up five runs and eight hits in five innings. His ERA, which was 0.00 after three starts, is 3.73 after six.

“Two or three pitches each game end up costing me,” Willis said. “It’s about continuing to battle and not getting down when things don’t go your way.”

Ishii (5-1) trails only Houston’s Roger Clemens in wins. The left-hander walked five in 6 2-3 innings but gave up just four hits and two runs.

Fourteen of his 20 outs came on flyballs, and he kept the Marlins off balance by throwing his changeup about 15 times.

“I was able to use it in important parts of the game,” Ishii said.

Darren Dreifort and Brian Falkenborg bridged the gap to Gagne, who retired Jeff Conine with the bases loaded for his ninth save of the season. The Dodgers have won the past 31 games in which he has pitched.

Los Angeles manager Jim Tracy’s team took two of three games from Florida in the series, and he said the achievement was significant.

“We came here knowing they’re the world champions, and we go out knowing they’re an excellent team,” Tracy said. “I said we’d get a good test, and we passed the test.”

Florida retained a 2 1/2 -game lead in the NL East despite losing for the fifth time in six games.

“Rough night all around,” manager Jack McKeon said. “We didn’t get the pitching. We didn’t get the hitting.”

The Marlins have lost the past four times they’ve faced a left-handed starter. The defending World Series champions were 27-11 against lefties last season.

Green snapped an 0-for-10 slump with a three-run homer in the first inning and added a solo shot in the seventh, giving him six this season. Both homers were to the opposite field.

“I worked in batting practice on some things with my stance, and I think it made a big difference,” Green said. “I definitely felt a lot better than I have the past week or so.”

Encarnacion hit a two-run drive in the seventh, his fifth, and knocked in a run with a groundout. Bradley struck out four times but hit his fifth home run in the fifth.

The Dodgers had four home runs one other time this season—also with Ishiipitching.


It was Green’s 24th multihomer game. … With a single and a double, Adrian Beltre completed a career cycle against Willis in just five at-bats. … Beltre extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a first-inning single and went 7-for-13 in the series. … The Marlins’ Miguel Cabrera went 0-for-5, extending his slump to 2-for-24 and dropping his average to .267. … Willis lost for the first time since last Sept. 2. He had won six consecutivedecisions.

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