Weaver's hit a big hit for LA

Jeff Weaver and Jose Lima handled the pitching and Paul Lo Duca most of the hitting as the Dodgers pulled out a 2-1 victory over San Diego in 11 innings, their second last at-bat win in as many games. Lo Duca's fourth hit of the game -- the Dodgers only managed six -- scored Milton Bradley, who walked with one out. Bradley stole second, then took third on a wild pitch. Lo Duca banged single to left to give the Dodgers the opening series of the season and a 2-1 record.

Weaver, returning home to Southern California for his Dodger debut after a couple of troubled years in New York, allowed eight hits and had base runners in six of his seven innings, but he allowed only one to score. He struck out six and walked only one in front of a large contingent of delighted family members.

The effervescent Lima, who made the club as a non-roster pitcher in Spring Training, pitched two innings to get the victory in relief. A starter his entire career, Lima worked two scoreless innings to get his first win in Dodger Blue.

The Yankees were happy to include Weaver in the trade for Kevin Brown but even after a ugly spring that saw him give up 44 hits in 23 innings and finish with a 7.04 earned run average, he has been the most effective starter on the staff thus far.

Weaver even got his first major league hit and run, leading off the Dodgers' third with an infield single. Dave Roberts followed with a walk and Cesar Izturis bunted both the runners over.

A diving stop robbed Milton Bradley of a base hit but Weaver scored to tie the game 1-1.

Weaver allowed the Padres runners on base each of the next four innings, but none reached third. With two out and two on in the seventh inning he got the final out with a strikeout on his 102nd and final pitch.

After Izturis' bunt in the third, San Diego retired 12 consecutive batters until Lo Duca's double, his second of the game to go with two singles, leading off the bottom of the seventh, but the Dodgers couldn't cash him in. He is 8-for-13 (.615) in the young season.

Dodger Blue Notes--Dave Roberts, who has played center field most of his career, is having more trouble fielding balls hit into the left field corner than picking the ball up in the air. The corners at Dodger Stadium are especially tricky with a rubberized warning track and a cement foundation at the base of the box seat railing. Balls tend to bounce along the curve at the foul pole, hugging the base of the boards. … Pitching coach Jim Colborn is working with Hideo Nomo during bullpen session, to correct mechanical problems in the right-hander's delivery. Nomo gave up seven earned runs in Monday's 8-2 opening-day loss to San Diego. The club is concerned about Nomo's decreased velocity from last season (84 mph down from 89 mph), and Colborn said it might take Nomo longer to recover from off-season shoulder surgery than had been hoped. … Manager Jim Tracy was lavish in his praise for converted right fielder Shawn Green, an everyday first baseman for the first time. He could eventually become very good defensively. "I think he's capable of that if you give him enough time," Tracy said. "Very definitely." … Tracy's son, Chad, was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Month during March. He hit .449 with seven homers and 20 RBI for Pepperdine College. … Jeff Weaver is the first pitcher born locally to start for the Dodgers since Kevin Gross of Downey started for the Dodgers from 1991-94. Weaver was born in Northridge. His brother, Jered, pitches for No. 2 ranked Long Beach State and is being touted as the top college pitcher in the nation.