Dodgers 6, Diamondbacks 2

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PHOENIX (AP)—Facing a sinkerball pitcher, the Los Angeles Dodgers changed their style.

Alex Cora drove in two runs with squeeze bunts, and the Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks and Brandon Webb 6-2 Friday night for their 11th win in 12 games.

Los Angeles has relied heavily on home runs.

“With this guy, you don’t try to do too much,” Cesar Izturis said. “You just try to make contact, and we did it.”

Kazuhisa Ishii (11-4) improved to 7-1 against the Diamondbacks, including 4-0 this year, allowing two runs and four hits in six innings.

“He’s been great,” Shawn Green said. “He just finds ways to win. If it’s a low-scoring game, a lot of times he’ll give up one less run than the other team. And, if we get some runs for him, it’s been automatic.”

Green went 3-for-4 with an RBI double, Robin Ventura had a run-scoring single and Milton Bradley scored three runs after two walks and a double.

Arizona, which wasted a 2-0 lead, has lost five in a row, eight of nine and 21 of 25. Webb (3-10) gave up five runs, seven hits and three walks in seven innings.

“It’s getting to the point, coming in and working hard every day, we’ve been doing it for the last 10 games and we’re not getting the result that we would like,” said Arizona manager Al Pedrique, 2-10 since taking over from Bob Brenly.

Chad Tracy’s RBI single and Juan Brito’s sacrifice fly put Arizona ahead in the second.

Izturis hit an RBI groundout in the third, and the Dodgers took a 3-2 lead in the fourth on Jayson Werth’s sacrifice fly and Cora’s first bunt.

“They put the ball in play, and things happened,” Webb said. “Teams, when they’re not scoring many runs and don’t get a lot of hits in the air or anything, that’s a way to put runners on base and put some pressure on the defense.”

Ventura drove in a run in the sixth, and Cora bunted home Bradley, who had doubled. Green doubled in the eighth against Mike Fetters.

“Shawn Green once again swung the bat great,” Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said,” was in the middle of a lot of things—driving in runs, setting up rallies with the base hit that he got to right field with his second base hit. The other guy that was noteworthy in the game tonight was Alex Cora with what he did offensively and defensively.”


Ishii lost his only decision to Arizona last Sept. 16, 3-2 to Curt Schilling. … Dave Roberts stole third in the third inning, the first Dodgers player to succeed on 29 of his first 30 attempts since Davey Lopes in 1978. … The Dodgers are 13-5 in Ishii’s starts this year. … Luis Gonzalez hit an infield single in the ninth that stopped an 0-for-18 slide. Steve Finley was 0-for-4, extending his hitless streak to 11 at-bats.

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