Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

LA Dodgers won 3-0

Game 1: Friday, April 15
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LA Dodgers4
Game 2: Saturday, April 16
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LA Dodgers8
Game 3: Sunday, April 17
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Padres 0

(5-7, 3-5 away)

Dodgers 6

(9-2, 5-0 home)

    4:10 PM ET, April 17, 2005

    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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    W: J. Weaver (2-0)

    L: T. Redding (0-2)

    Kent, Bradley hit back-to-back HRs for 2nd time in 3 days

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers didn't give San Diego much to hit all weekend.

    Jeff Weaver pitched a five-hitter for his fourth career shutout, Jeff Kent and Milton Bradley hit back-to-back homers for the second time in three days and Los Angeles completed a three-game sweep of the Padres with a 6-0 victory Sunday.

    Weaver (2-0) threw 114 pitches during his 11th complete game in 177 career starts -- just two days after Derek Lowe tossed a three-hit shutout.

    The two complete games matched the Dodgers' total from last season. On Saturday night, Scott Erickson allowed just two runs and four hits in six innings.

    "I think all of us as starters are trying to outdo each other. That's what keeps us competitive and keeps us throwing well," Weaver said after reducing the team's ERA to 3.55. "We know what kind of starting staff we have, and we know we can get deep in the game and keep us close. I hope somebody's trying to outdo me next time."

    Weaver struck out seven, walked one and retired his final 10 batters en route to his first shutout and complete game since June 18, 2002, with Detroit. He also contributed at the plate with a single and a double.

    "When I was in Detroit, I took pride in getting deep into games, pitching a lot of innings and finishing what I started," Weaver said. "And to get this one shows that it's still there and shows the possibilities. Hopefully, I just remember it and continue to roll with it."

    In his first start, Weaver pitched eight scoreless innings in San Francisco before giving up eight runs over three innings in a no-decision against the Giants last Tuesday.

    "He had command of the strike zone with all of his pitches," San Diego's Mark Loretta said. "He has good movement on his fastball, and it's tough to hit it off the barrel of the bat. We just missed a lot of balls, and the balls we hit hard seemed to be right at people."

    J.D. Drew also homered for the Dodgers, who improved to 9-2 and matched their best start since 1955 -- when they won 10 of their first 11 games en route to their only World Series title in Brooklyn.

    Drew's first extra-base hit of the season came in his 40th at-bat, a two-run shot against Tim Redding. Last year with Atlanta, 67 of his 158 hits went for extra bases -- including a career-high 31 homers.

    Weaver, Lowe and Erickson were also 4-for-8 at the plate in the series, as Los Angeles outscored San Diego 18-3. The Padres didn't look like the same team that won five of seven against the Dodgers last September.

    "This series started out bad and gradually got worse," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "We didn't play well in any facet of the game here. Right now we're ice-cold with the bats. We need somebody to spark us and get a big hit, a timely hit. And we're missing that.

    "This is not indicative of how I think we're going to play," Bochy added. "You're going to be riddled with ups and downs during the course of the season. It's all about how you handle it. Obviously, we can't continue to play like this, but I'm confident that this team will get on track. At this stage, it's way too early to be concerned."

    Redding (0-2) allowed five runs and six hits in five innings and struck out six in his second start for the Padres, who acquired him on March 28 from Houston after failing to find a qualified fifth starter during spring training.

    The Dodgers opened the scoring in the second with a sacrifice fly by Ricky Ledee that delivered Kent, who has scored in 10 consecutive games. The L.A. Dodgers record is 11 straight, set by Davey Lopes in May 1979 and tied by Shawn Green in September 2002.

    The Dodgers made it 3-0 in the fourth with Kent's fourth homer and Bradley's second. The duo did the same thing to Padres right-hander Woody Williams in the third inning of Friday night's 4-0 victory.

    "Everybody goes through hot and cold spells, and the Dodgers are hot right now," Loretta said. "We ran into a buzzsaw with them, but we feel like we have a good club and we just need to get on a roll ourselves."

    Weaver led off the fifth with a double and Drew homered into the right field pavilion two outs later, his first since signing a $55 million, five-year contract with the Dodgers in December.

    Game notes


    Dodgers shortstop Cesar Izturis, who won his first Gold Glove last season, has three errors in his first 11 games -- all on bad throws. ... Weaver is one of six Dodgers with World Series experience, along with Kent, Ledee, Erickson, Lowe and injured starter Brad Penny. ... The Padres haven't gotten a victory from the fifth spot in the rotation since trading right-hander Ismael Valdez to Florida last July 31. ... Kent's 106 RBI against San Diego are his most against any team.

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