Series: Game 1 of 3

LA Dodgers leads 1-0 (as of 8/23)

Game 1: Tuesday, August 23
LA Dodgers8
Game 2: Wednesday, August 24
LA Dodgers1
Game 3: Thursday, August 25
LA Dodgers4

Rockies 3

(47-78, 14-43 away)

Dodgers 8

(57-68, 30-30 home)

    10:10 PM ET, August 23, 2005

    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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    W: J. Weaver (12-8)

    L: J. Wright (6-15)

    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.

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