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Rookie Ishii has shortest outing for Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Chipper Jones patiently waited for Kazuhisa Ishii to throw him a pitch he could drive.

After Ishii walked two batters, Jones hit a three-run homer, and
the Atlanta Braves went on to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-5
Sunday night.

"I'm a guy that's always aggressive. And if he throws something
over the plate that I'm looking for, I'm going after it,'' said
Jones, who hit a 2-2 pitch to left field for his 22nd homer and
11th in 25 games. "In that situation with two strikes, the
curveball is his best pitch. So, if he gets it up, you have to make
him pay for it. And he got it up.''

The Dodgers lost for just the fourth time in 17 games. Their
lead in the wild-card race fell to 3½ game over San Francisco, who
beat Montreal 8-4.

Javy Lopez also homered during the Braves' five-run first. Mark DeRosa went 3-for-4 with a two-run triple, helping the NL
East-leading Braves beat the Dodgers for only the third time in 12
meetings and avoid a three-game sweep. Atlanta has yet to be swept
this season.

"You never want to get swept, especially against a team you
might face in October,'' Jones said.

Damian Moss (7-5) got the win despite allowing five runs and
nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. The left-hander, who came in holding
opponents to an NL-best .200 batting average, gave up singles to
his first two batters after plate umpire Joe West ordered him to
get a different fielder's glove.

West determined that Moss was using a two-toned glove, which is
against the rules. But the rookie explained that the glove was one
color, and that the laces were black. So he changed to the glove he
used in his other 22 starts -- one with frayed laces that made him
feel like he was tipping his changeup.

"That's the umpire's discretion,'' Moss said. "If he thinks
it's a two-toned glove, it's a two-toned glove. I'm not going to
gripe about it. I've been pitching with the other glove the whole
year, so it didn't bother me. I'll just get it re-laced.''

John Smoltz got three outs for his major league-leading 45th
save in 49 chances.

Ishii (13-9) had his shortest outing in 26 big league starts,
throwing 38 pitches and getting only three outs while surrendering
Jones' homer and a two-run shot by Lopez.

Ishii allowed four hits and two walks, increasing his major
league-leading total to 100. During his 10 seasons with the Yakult
Swallows, the only time the left-hander had more than 77 walks was
1998 (105).

"I made a really conscious effort to start off strong, but it
just didn't work out that way,'' Ishii said through an interpreter.
"The results weren't what I expected. Maybe I was trying too

The Dodgers nearly got Ishii off the hook in the second inning,
parlaying three doubles, Eric Karros' infield hit and a fielding
error by shortstop Rafael Furcal into four runs.

Mike Kinkade and Marquis Grissom had RBI doubles, Karros scored
when Furcal botched a potential double-play grounder by Jolbert
Cabrera, and Kinkade came home on a groundout by Cesar Izturis.

Kevin Brown, in his third relief appearance since undergoing
back surgery on June 11, took over for Ishii and struck out five of
his first six batters. But he walked two in the third inning and
both runners scored on DeRosa's two-out triple to center, giving
the Braves a 7-4 lead.

Dodgers manager Jim Tracy wouldn't bite when the subject of
Brown's imminent return to the rotation came up, but Ishii can
certainly hear footsteps after going 2-7 in his last 12 starts with
a 5.43 ERA and 46 walks in 61 1/3 innings.

"Going to the bullpen is not really my decision,'' said Ishii,
who leads the staff in victories. "It's just important for me to
pitch in my best condition, and that's what I want to concentrate

The Dodgers got a run closer in the bottom half when Adrian
Beltre led off with a double, advanced on a passed ball by Lopez
and scored on a groundout by Karros.

Right fielder Gary Sheffield, 2-for-9 with five walks and an RBI
in his first series at Dodger Stadium since being traded to Atlanta
on Jan. 15, played Izturis' short flyball into a triple with two
outs in the fourth. But it didn't cost the Braves, as Grissom
grounded out.

Game notes
The series drew a combined crowd of 154,859, breaking the
previous high for a three-game set with the Braves at Dodger
Stadium. They drew 148,223 in September 1991. ... All five of
Sheffield's walks in the series came on 3-2 counts. ... Brown had
nine strikeouts over four innings, allowing two runs and four hits.
... Ishii has allowed 18 homers, equaling the career-high total he
gave up last year with the Swallows. ... DeRosa's three-hit game
was the fourth of his career and first since July 25, 2001, against