Dodgers sweep despite Bonds' 5 RBI

Last season, if you saw the box score and noted that Barry Bonds had gone 4-for-4 with a pair of homers (#664) and five runs batted in, you would have stopped reading at that point. Los Angeles rarely scored five runs and a loss would be predictable. But this is a different team and a different place. The Dodgers overcome the pyrotechnics and fought to a 7-6 win, a sweep of the series (the first since 2000) and a 9-3 record.

Jeff Weaver (1-1) allowed five runs in five-plus innings for his first win with the Dodgers, who have won five straight and nine of 12 for their best start since 1983.

Dave Roberts started the big inning with a one-out single and scored the tying run on Cesar Izturis' double. With a runner on third and two outs, the Giants intentionally walked Shawn Green and Beltré promptly hit an opposite-field shot that just cleared the right-field wall for his fourth homer of the season. Two pitches later, Encarnacion homered (#2) over Bonds' head in left field to make it 6-2. Ross hit the next pitch (31) into the left-field seats, drawing boos from the displeased sellout crowd.

Weaver, who earned his first Dodger win, took a 7-2 lead into the sixth But Bonds and the Giants weren't finished. Grissom hit an RBI double in the sixth, and Bonds followed with a shot into the seats in left-center to cut it to 7-5.

The Giants loaded the bases with no outs, but reliever Duaner Sanchez got Neifi Perez on a shallow fly to center and pinch-hitter Pedro Feliz to hit into a double play to preserve the lead.

Bonds added an RBI single in the seventh to cut it to 7-6, and this time it was Tom Martin who battled out of a first-and-third, one-out jam when he got a double play. San Francisco hit into seven double plays the last two games.

Darren Dreifort pitched a perfect eighth and Eric Gagné struck out three, wrapped around a walk, with Bonds waiting on deck. It was his fifth save of the season and record 68th straight since Aug. 28, 2002.

Beltré was 3-for-5 with a double and a homer and Dave Roberts and Shawn Green were 2-for-3 with two runs scored as the Dodgers banged out 13 hits.

Dodger Blue Notes--It was the eighth time the Dodgers had hit three consecutive home runs, the last time coming against San Francisco in 2003 as Robin Ventura, Beltré and Jeromy Burnitz did the honors in a 7-5 win in Dodger Stadium. Other occasions included Beltré, Green (who had four that game) and Dave Hansen in 2002 against Milwaukee; Mike Piazza, Eric Karros and Todd Zeile at St. Louis in 1997; Piazza, Karros and Raul Mondesi in Colorado in 1996 (on three consecutive pitches); Ron Cey, Rick Monday and Joe Ferguson against Montreal in 1980; Duke Snider, Randy Jackson and Gil Hodges against the Phillies in 1956 (ion the last of the ninth, trailing 5-3) and Roy Campanella, Andy Pafko and Snider at New York in 1952. The Dodgers have won seven of the eight games, losing only to Colorado 16-15. ... Los Angeles hit four in one inning in 2000 against the Cubs (Kevin Elster, Darren Dreifort, Gary Sheffield and Green but they were not in succession. ... The Giants went 13-6 against the Dodgers last season, including 8-2 at home....Last year, the Dodgers came to San Francisco in April and were swept by the Giants, who cruised to the NL West title by 15 1/2 games.

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