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L.A. wins first series in three weeks

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers are showing signs of life
again just in time for a 13-game homestand.

Jeff Weaver earned his first win in four starts and the Los
Angeles Dodgers won a series for the first time in three weeks with
a 6-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.

"Hopefully, we feel good about ourselves," Weaver said. "Now
we're going back home for quite a few games. Hopefully we can keep
it rolling, play well at home and close this division up a little
bit."

The Dodgers scored five times in the first three innings in the
finale of a three-game set. Los Angeles had lost five straight
series since winning two of three at Cincinnati from May 6-8.

Cesar Izturis was 3-for-5 with a triple, and Jayson Werth
doubled twice, scored and drove in a run. J.D. Drew, Milton
Bradley, Hee-Seop Choi and Jason Phillips also drove in runs.

Manager Jim Tracy said the Dodgers showed the kind of
situational hitting that helped them win the NL West title last
season.

"I'm very, very satisfied with what I saw today," Tracy said.
"I think it's a good ballgame from that standpoint to build on."

The Dodgers won for the third time in four games and showed no
hangover from Saturday night's 5-4 loss, when they blew a two-run
lead and walked in the winning run in the ninth.

Chris Snyder hit a two-run homer off Weaver in the second, just
his second home run of the season.

Bradley sprained his right ring finger in his final at-bat in
the ninth inning. X-rays were negative, but Tracy said he didn't
know if the center fielder would start Monday against the Chicago
Cubs.

"I can move it around," Bradley said, "but it's just real
tender right now."

Weaver (5-4) had to battle much of the game, but allowed only
two runs and six hits in six innings, striking out four and walking
three in his first victory since May 8.

"It's been a while since we won a series, so I wanted to come
out -- especially after getting the three runs in the first -- and
keep them at bay and keep us out in front," Weaver said. "It was
pretty satisfying, especially after the game we played yesterday."

Eric Gagne allowed an RBI single to Jose Cruz Jr. in the ninth
before striking out Shawn Green for his third save in three
chances, all in the last four days.

Arizona starter Russ Ortiz (4-4) lasted just 3 1/3 innings,
allowing five runs and eight hits.

"I may even have went with him a little longer than I should
have," Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said, "but we were trying
to get him going."

Ortiz, who walked five and struck out four, said he "felt
great," and that made the outing even more frustrating.

"When I released the ball, it felt so good in my hand, but it's
just that little hair off that makes all the difference in the
world," he said.

The Dodgers jumped on Ortiz for three runs in the first.

Izturis started it with a leadoff triple in the right-center
gap. Werth doubled him home, then Drew walked on four pitches.
After an out, Bradley singled home Werth. Antonio Perez walked to
load the bases before Drew scored on Choi's sacrifice fly.

Los Angeles made it 4-0 in the second when Izturis singled, then
Werth doubled to put runners on second and third with one out.
Izturis scored on Drew's sacrifice fly.

In the Arizona second, Royce Clayton led off with a single, then
Snyder -- who had three hits in his previous 31 at-bats -- hit
Weaver's 1-1 pitch just into the bullpen in left field to cut the
lead to 4-2.

Perez singled and scored on Phillips' double to put the Dodgers
up 5-2 in the third.

With runners at first and second and one out for Arizona in the
fifth inning, Alex Cintron lofted one just foul deep into the
right-field seats, then struck out looking.

Craig Counsell blooped a single into left field but was thrown
out by the shortstop Izturis trying to stretch it into a double.

Game notes
Commissioner Bud Selig, who has a home in the area, made a
brief appearance beside Diamondbacks managing partner Ken Kendrick
and general partner Jeff Moorad in their first-row seats, but left
without talking to reporters. ... Arizona went 2-4 on its homestand
against NL West rivals San Diego and Los Angeles. ... Dodgers LHP
Kelly Wunsch made his 30th appearance of the year, most in the
majors.