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Los Angeles' Milton Bradley gestures after hitting a home run during the Dodgers' win over the Giants.

Los Angeles’ Milton Bradley gestures after hitting a home run during the Dodgers’ win over the Giants.

Mark J. Terrill, Associated Press

It took Kazuhisa Ishii 59 major league starts to finish one.

The Dodgers' left-hander pitched a four-hitter, Milton Bradley homered twice and Los Angeles beat the San Francisco Giants 9-0 on Sunday.

Ishii's first complete game since he came over from Japan's Yakult Swallows in 2002 also was his first big league shutout.

"I'm just glad I can give the other pitchers some rest," Ishii said through a translator. "I just tried to concentrate, and I will try to be consistent from now on."

Alex Cora hit a three-run homer, and Cesar Izturis added a solo shot. The Dodgers' first three homers came against Brian Cooper, an emergency replacement for scheduled starter Dustin Hermanson, who couldn't go because of muscle spasms in his back.

Los Angeles manager Jim Tracy was pleased to see Ishii, who threw 128 pitches, go the distance.

"We know how effective he can be when he's pitching ahead in the count and throwing his fastball where he needs to," Tracy said. "If he's throwing strikes with his fastball, he's difficult to deal with."

Catcher David Ross said Ishii (3-1) was determined to get his first pitch to every batter in the strike zone.

"He was very aggressive about throwing strike one and getting ahead of the hitters," Ross said.

Ishii, who struck out four and walked three, appreciated Ross' effort behind the plate, saying, "Ross never encouraged me more than he did today."

The win was the Dodgers' eighth in 11 games, including five of six meetings with the rival Giants. San Francisco has lost nine of 11 overall.

Bradley hit a pair of solo shots for the first multihomer game of his career. He has four homers this year.

Barry Bonds popped up to third and singled to right in his two times up. He left in the fifth inning with San Francisco trailing 7-0.

Cora homered in the second inning, and Izturis in the third. Bradley followed Izturis' homer with one of his own to make it 5-0.

Bradley's second homer was off Kevin Correia in the sixth.

Cooper (0-2) gave up six runs and five hits in three innings. He found out some 2 1/2 hours before the game that he was starting.

Hermanson, scheduled to have an MRI on his back Monday in San Francisco, said he first felt the pain Saturday.

CUBS 4, METS 1: At Chicago, Matt Clement took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and struck out a career-high 13, leading Chicago to its sixth straight victory. Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run homer, and Michael Barrett and Corey Patterson each drove in a run to back Clement (3-1). The Cubs completed a three-game sweep and have outscored their opponents 39-5 during their six-game winning streak.

ROCKIES 4, ASTROS 1: At Denver, Vinny Castilla set a franchise record with an RBI in his 10th straight game, Joe Kennedy pitched into the seventh inning to remain unbeaten and Colorado avoided a three-game sweep. Kennedy (3-0) allowed a run and five hits in 6 1/3 innings. Shawn Chacon pitched the ninth for his fourth save in five opportunities.

EXPOS 2, PHILLIES 0: At Montreal, Zach Day and Rocky Biddle combined for Montreal's second shutout, and Matt Cepicky hit a two-run double in the sixth to send the Expos to their first win at Olympic Stadium this season. Day (2-1) scattered nine hits through eight innings. Biddle finished with a perfect ninth for his fifth save in five opportunities. The Expos won for just the third time in 14 games and avoided being swept by the Phillies for the second time this year.

PIRATES 6, REDS 0: At Pittsburgh, Oliver Perez shrugged off a nearly three-hour rain delay to shut out Cincinnati on six hits in his first major league complete game, helping Pittsburgh end a four-game losing streak. Perez (2-0) struck out 10 and lowered his ERA to 1.74.

CARDINALS 5, BREWERS 2: At Milwaukee, Albert Pujols and Jim Edmonds hit consecutive home runs in the first inning, and Jeff Suppan gave up three hits in 7 2-3 innings for St. Louis. Reggie Sanders added his seventh homer.

DIAMONDBACKS 12, PADRES 7: At Phoenix, Richie Sexson homered twice and drove in three runs. Sexson hit a two-run homer off Brian Lawrence (2-2) to cap a four-run third inning, then homered to start another four-run outburst in the fifth.

BRAVES 7, MARLINS 2: At Miami, Mark DeRosa homered for the first earned run off Dontrelle Willis this season, and J.D. Drew's bases-loaded triple off Tommy Phelps broke a tie in the seventh inning to Atlanta win. Willis, who won his first three starts, departed after six innings with the score 2-all. His ERA rose to 0.71, and he went 0-for-2 at the plate to drop his batting average to .545.