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.
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.