Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

LA Dodgers leads 1-0 (as of 7/30)

Game 1: Friday, July 30
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Game 2: Saturday, July 31
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Game 3: Sunday, August 1
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Dodgers 12

(60-42, 28-23 away)

Padres 3

(57-46, 29-23 home)

    10:05 PM ET, July 30, 2004

    Petco Park, San Diego, California 

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    W: J. Weaver (8-10)

    L: A. Eaton (6-9)

    Bradley homers twice, makes highlight-reel catch

    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Milton Bradley and Jeff Weaver helped the Los Angeles Dodgers take some of the sting out of losing their teammates in a trade.

    Bradley homered twice and Weaver allowed four hits in eight innings to help the Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 12-3 Friday after the Dodgers made an emotional six-player trade with the Florida Marlins.

    Bradley prevented a homer in the third inning, then highlighted a seven-run fourth against Adam Eaton with his first of two two-run homers.

    The trade, which wasn't officially completed until after the game started, sent catcher Paul Lo Duca, right fielder Juan Encarnacion and reliever Guillermo Mota to the Florida Marlins for starting pitcher Brad Penny, first baseman Hee Seop Choi and minor league pitcher Bill Murphy.

    "It has been an emotional day," Weaver said. "These guys were a big part of this team. It was important for us to show that we can still win without them and try and put this behind us."

    Weaver (8-10) only allowed two hits after the third inning and he retired his final 11 batters he faced to help the Dodgers build a 3½-game lead over San Diego in the NL West.

    The right-hander struck out six and walked two before Duaner Sanchez pitched the ninth. He allowed four hits, including Terrence Long's RBI single and Rich Aurilia's RBI double.

    Bradley hit his second homer in the ninth off Rod Beck.

    "I just tried to put all of that out of my mind once I took the field," Bradley said. "Sure, it's tough losing those guys, but I can't be thinking about that and try to play at the same time. The best thing to do was to go out, play hard and win."

    Bradley robbed Phil Nevin of a two-run homer in the third inning.

    "It ended up being a nine-run turnaround in a matter of three outs," said Nevin, who threw his helmet down in disgust when Bradley brought the ball back over the fence.

    "Milton just took over the game in a short period of time," Weaver said. "First, he makes the great catch, that if he doesn't make means it's a 3-0 lead. Then, he comes right back and hits a two-run bomb. That's clutch."

    It was Milton's second career multihomer game, both this season.

    Jayson Werth, who replaced Encarnacion in right, went 2-for-4 with one RBI and David Ross replaced Lo Duca at catcher and had a pair of RBI on two sacrifice flies.

    Eaton (6-9) allowed seven runs on nine hits over 3 2-3 innings. Eaton faced 10 batters in the fourth inning before he was chased on a two-run double by Cesar Izturis.

    Eaton had gone 2-0 in three starts this season against Los Angeles. The right-hander had allowed just three earned runs in 22 innings this season.

    "Obviously, the outcomes were totally different," Eaton said. "Bradley hit me hard for the home run and then the wheels fell off a little bit."

    Mark Loretta drove in a run with a double in the third for a 1-0 lead. One out later, Bradley made his great catch.

    Izturis led off the fourth with a single and Bradley hit a two-run homer to center. A walk to Adrian Beltre and a single by Shawn Green was followed by Werth's RBI double. Ross then drove in a run with sacrifice fly for a 4-1 lead.

    After an intentional walk to Alex Cora, Weaver sacrificed Cora to second. Dave Roberts, the ninth batter in the inning, then hit a line drive hard off Eaton's glove that went for an infield single and scored Werth. Izturis came up again, and drove the ball to the base of the center-field wall for a two-run double and a 7-1 lead.

    Game notes


    The Dodgers' seven-run inning matched their season high, set twice before. ... Padres catcher Ramon Hernandez forgot how many outs there were in the third inning after Eaton struck out Weaver and rolled the ball back to the mound. It was at least the third time this season that a San Diego catcher has done that. ... The Dodgers have 122 home runs this year, just two less than their total from all of last season.

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