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Bradley homers from both sides to back Perez

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Milton Bradley credits manager Jim Tracy with
making all the right moves as the Los Angeles Dodgers keep on
winning.

Odalis Perez didn't allow a hit until Junior Spivey doubled in
the seventh inning, and Bradley hit home runs from both sides of
the plate to lead the Dodgers over the Milwaukee Brewers 7-3 on
Monday night.

"Tracy, he just puts people in position to be successful,"
said Bradley, who was moved up from his usual fifth spot in the
batting order to third. "Tracy knows how we're going to do it. He
figures that out."

Los Angeles, which got consecutive homers from Bradley and Jason Repko, won its sixth straight and at 10-2 is off to its best
12-game start since 1981, when the Dodgers went on to win the World
Series.

Perez (3-0) walked Spivey with one out in the first, then got
Lyle Overbay to ground into an inning-ending double play. Perez
retired his next 15 batters before walking Brady Clark leading off
the seventh, by which time Los Angeles led 4-0. Spivey worked the
count to 3-2 before hitting an RBI double to deep center.

Perez struck out Overbay, and Duaner Sanchez relieved. Damian Miller walked with two outs, Chris Magruder hit another RBI double,
and Miller scored when Repko misplayed the ball in right for an
error.

Tracy said Perez was tiring, but attributed the fatigue to the
left-hander's shortened spring training. He made just two starts as
he was recovering from a strained left biceps he injured while
lifting weights early in camp.

"Before we take a performance like that and mar it by allowing
him to face one too many hitters, I felt it was very right to leave
him to face Overbay," Tracy said. "But then beyond that, I don't
sleep real good if I knew that I left him one hitter too long."

Perez allowed two runs and the one hit in 6 1/3 innings with
three strikeouts and two walks.

"He really kept us off balance," Brewers manager Ned Yost
said. "We would look for it away and he would throw it inside. We
would look for it inside and he would throw it outside."

Giovanni Carrara, Kelly Wunsch and Yhency Brazoban completed the
three-hitter.

Bradley, batting left-handed, hit a three-run homer in the ninth
off Ricky Bottalico.

"Milton very definitely has assumed the responsibility of
leadership and with that comes complete consistency with his
behavior," Tracy said. "He is stepping up big time, and he needs
to do nothing further from the standpoint of leadership other than
to go out and play as hard as he has played thus far."

Milwaukee, swept in three games by St. Louis over the weekend,
lost its fourth straight. After opening with three wins, all on the
road, the Brewers have lost seven of nine.

Repko homered in the third after Cesar Izturis singled. Bradley,
batting right-handed, sent the next pitch from Chris Capuano (0-1)
into the front-row seats of the restaurant just behind the
left-field fence. It was the third time in four games the Dodgers
hit consecutive homers.

Capuano allowed three runs, seven hits and five walks in six
innings.

Olmedo Saenz made it 4-0 with an RBI single in the seventh off
Matt Wise.

Game notes
It was the seventh time in Dodgers history that a player
homered from both sides of the plate and the first time since June
9, 1990, when Hall of Famer Eddie Murray accomplished the feat at
San Diego. ... Bradley has been a part of all three back-to-back
homers. The Dodgers hit consecutive homers 14 times last year. ...
The Dodgers have scored first in 10 of 12 games. ... Brewers RF
Geoff Jenkins missed the game due to flu-like symptoms. He left
Sunday's game after seven innings.