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Weaver contributes three RBI in win over Rockies

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The clubhouse feud between Milton Bradley and
Jeff Kent could end up doing more good than harm to the
underachieving Los Angeles Dodgers.

Jeff Weaver won his fifth straight decision and went 3-for-4
with a career-high three RBI, leading the Dodgers to an 8-3
victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.

"It's no distraction at all," Weaver said of the pregame words
between his teammates. "Maybe it forced a little bit more
adrenaline in each of us and got us a little riled up. Every game
is extremely important for us right now. Hopefully, we'll catch a
little momentum and keep moving up in the standings."

Oscar Robles, filling in for injured shortstop Cesar Izturis,
had a career-high four RBI for Los Angeles, which is five games
behind first-place San Diego in the NL West.

Before batting practice, Bradley charged that Kent "doesn't
know how to deal with African-American people," and that the
former NL MVP "has no clue about leadership."

"He's in his own world,' said Bradley, who was criticized by
Kent on Saturday for not scoring from first base on a double. "If
you're going to be the leader of the team, then you need to mingle
with the team and associate with the team. I mean, you can't have
your locker in the corner, put your headphones on and sit in the
corner reading a motocross magazine."

Kent, who leads the team with 22 home runs and 83 RBI, was
visibly upset after hearing about Bradley's remarks.

"That's a shame, and I take offense to that," the five-time
All-Star said. "That's just absolutely pathetic if it comes from
his mouth. If you think that I've got a problem with
African-Americans, then go talk to Dusty Baker. Go talk to Dave
Winfield, who took me under his wing. Go talk to Joe Carter -- all
the guys that I idolized in this game and all the veteran players
who taught me how to play this game.

"I will not get into this anymore, and that's all I've got to
say."

Weaver (12-8) allowed three runs and six hits in eight-plus
innings. It was the 17th consecutive start in which the
right-hander has lasted through the sixth -- the longest such streak
of his career. He struck out five, walked two and hit two batters.

Weaver had an RBI single in the second and a two-run single in
the eighth. He faced two batters in the ninth, giving up a walk and
a single before Duaner Sanchez finished.

"I think it was pretty obvious that I ran out of gas," Weaver
said. "My legs were a little heavy, but I was still hoping to get
through that ninth inning. I just felt like if I made pitches in
the zone, I would get some guys out."

Leading 3-2, the Dodgers loaded the bases with no outs in the
fourth on Dioner Navarro's double, a walk and a bunt single by
Weaver. Robles then drilled a 1-1 pitch from Jamey Wright to
right-center, driving in all three.

Wright (6-15) lost his fourth straight start, allowing six runs
-- four earned -- and seven hits over six innings. The right-hander
has lost 10 of his last 12 decisions and is tied with Kansas City's
Zack Greinke (3-15) for the most losses in the majors.

"Jamey wasn't sharp," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.
"Four walks, a hit batter and seven hits in six innings. It's
tough to do your work when you've got 12 men on base."

Jorge Piedra opened the scoring for Colorado in the second with
his sixth homer. The Dodgers responded with three in the bottom
half, including Weaver's RBI single. The other runs came on a
throwing error by three-time Gold Glove first baseman Todd Helton,
and an RBI groundout by Robles.

Playing because of Izturis' sore lower back, Robles started a
slick inning-ending double play in the third with a diving stop of
Matt Holliday's sharp grounder up the middle after Colorado put
runners at the corners with one out.

Game notes
Bradley, who tweaked his sore left knee while trying to
beat out a double play grounder in Monday's loss at Florida, was a
late scratch because of irritation in the patella tendon. ...
Colorado 2B Luis Gonzalez was hit on the left arm with a pitch in
the third, and left the game in the fifth for a pinch hitter.
X-rays revealed no break. ... Rockies RHP Marcos Carvajal pitched 1
1-3 innings of relief before leaving with a slight strain in his
shoulder. ... Weaver has allowed a team-worst 27 home runs, tying
his career high as a rookie in 1999 with Detroit. The Los Angeles
Dodgers' record is 38, by Hall of Famer Don Sutton in 1970. ... No
pitcher has thrown a complete game against the Rockies since May
23, 2004, when Tom Glavine of the Mets beat them 4-0 with his first
career one-hitter.