Lo Duca homers in win

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Edwin Jackson filled in just fine for the Los
Angeles Dodgers.

Jackson pitched five strong innings in an emergency start,
batterymate Paul Lo Duca homered and drove in three runs and the
Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 Wednesday night.

Jackson (1-0), who failed to win a job in the rotation in spring
training, got this opportunity because Wilson Alvarez strained his
left hip last Friday against Arizona.

In his major league debut last Sept. 9 at Arizona, Jackson
outpitched four-time Cy Young winner Randy Johnson in a 4-1 victory
on his 20th birthday. In his four starts for the Dodgers, the
right-hander is 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA.

"I didn't break camp with the team, but everything is still a
bonus for me," Jackson said. "I'm a young player trying to
establish myself and I just take everything with a smile and carry
on. I take it as it comes. I try to take the positives from every
start, whether it's a good one or a bad one and try to take it into
the next game."

Jackson, 5-2 with a 5.13 ERA in 10 starts for Triple-A Las
Vegas, threw 96 pitches in his season debut after getting called up
from the minors earlier in the day. He allowed one run, three hits
and three walks with three strikeouts after shrugging off Scott
Podsednik's second leadoff homer in two nights.

"He just kept us off balance," Milwaukee's Lyle Overbay said.
"He's got a 94-95 mph fastball, and he was throwing his changeup
and his slider for strikes. He walked a couple of guys one inning,
but got the double play. He made the pitches when he needed to."

Eric Gagne got four outs, extending his major league-record save
streak to 76. He allowed an RBI single to pinch-hitter Brooks
Kieschnick in the ninth.

Last year's NL Cy Young Award winner relieved Guillermo Mota
with runners at the corners and two outs in the eighth and retired
Geoff Jenkins on a flyout with his first pitch.

Gagne has 13 saves this season and has stranded all seven
runners he's inherited.

"I think about that because of the other guys," Gagne said.
"They go out there and do everything in their power not to give up
runs. So when guys are on base, and they're not my runs, I try not
to mess it up for them. Hopefully, I'll never blow a save."

Milwaukee starter Ben Hendrickson (0-1) made his major league
debut, allowing four runs and seven hits in five innings. The
23-year-old right-hander was promoted Tuesday from Triple-A
Indianapolis to make an emergency start because of Ben Sheets'
viral infection -- which forced Doug Davis to move up a day in the

The Dodgers took a 2-1 lead in the first, loading the bases on a
single and two walks before Lo Duca grounded a two-run single under
the glove of shortstop Craig Counsell as he tried to backhand it in
the hole.

Dave Roberts led off the third with a triple and scored on a
wild pitch. Pinch-hitter Jason Grabowski led off the fifth with a
double and scored on a suicide squeeze by Cesar Izturis to make it
4-1. It was the first run the Dodgers scored this season that way.

"With a two-run lead at the time, the percentages to try it
there made sense," Tracy said. "The main thing was to get it down
and get it fair, because Grabowski got a terrific jump. So even if
the ball was bunted toward the middle of the field, he's still
going to score. It was executed perfectly."

In the Brewers' first, Podsednik worked the count to 3-2 before
driving his seventh homer into the right-field pavilion -- just as
he did leading off Tuesday night against Jeff Weaver.

"I didn't know that. I found out after I came out of the
game," Jackson said. "We had a couple of laughs about that."

Game notes
Hendrickson was a 10th-round draft pick by the Brewers in
June 1999. ... Dodgers CF Milton Bradley, whose bat, batting gloves
and helmet were confiscated by umpire Joe West after his ejection
by plate umpire Terry Craft on Tuesday night, got everything back
from West about an hour before the game. ... With West umpiring at
1B, Bradley beat out an infield single in the third and made the
"safe" call with both arms outstretched as he crossed the bag.
... RHP Rodney Myers was optioned to Las Vegas to make room on the
roster for Jackson.