Final

Series: Game 1 of 2

LA Dodgers leads 1-0 (as of 4/18)

Game 1: Monday, April 18
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Game 2: Tuesday, April 19
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in 10
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Dodgers 7

(10-2, 5-2 away)

Brewers 3

(5-7, 2-5 home)

    7:35 PM ET, April 18, 2005

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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    W: O. Perez (3-0)

    L: C. Capuano (0-1)

    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.

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