Gints score early, late to top Dodgers

The Dodgers lost 5-3 to the Giants in front of 54,820, the ninth-largest to ever watch a regular-season game at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles allowed Barry Bonds two swungs, getting him to ground out and foul out. However the rest of the San Francisco club was up to the challenge and scored early and late to break the Dodgers string of wins over the Giants at four.

The Giants got to starter Jeff Weaver (1-2) with three runs on three hits in the first inning, then chased him in the eighth. Weaver (1-2) scattered three hits between innings two and seven, but left the game after giving up a hit and two walks to begin the eighth. Reliever Tom Martin gave up a two-run single, a soft looper to left field, which put the Giants ahead by four before retiring the side.

San Francisco took a 5-1 lead and a three-hitter into the ninth inning. With two outs Juan Encarnacion slugged a two-run home run. Adrian Beltré then walked, bringing the tying run to the plate but Matt Herges relieved and earned the save by getting pinch-hitter Jose Hernandez on a called third strike.

The Dodgers' first run came in the second inning, when Shawn Green was hit by a pitch, moved to second on Paul Lo Duca's single and to third on a fielder's-choice groundout. Green then scored on Adrian Beltré's sacrifice fly. After that, except for Encarnacion's home run, the Dodgers made little trouble.

Milton Bradley was ejected by the home-plate umpire with two out in the first inning, Bradley took a called third strike, then turned and voiced his objection to the home plate umpire. The two had engaged in a dispute during Friday's game. Bradley said he used a profanity in an adjective describing why the pitch was a strike and would not explain the reason for the ejection.

Reporters at the scene said it appeared the umpire's temper, not his own, got Bradley tossed.

Jason Grabowski saw action in the field for the first time this season, in the Dodgers' 17th game. Dave Roberts moved from left field to center, with Grabowski in left. Grabowski, who had been used exclusively as a pinch-hitter before Saturday, went hitless in three at-bats and is one for 14 this season.

Duaner Sanchez pitched the ninth for the Dodgers, retiring the side in order.

The loss was only the third in the last 10 games for the Dodgers (11-6), who saw their lead in the National League West shrink to 1 1/2 games as second-place San Diego defeated Arizona.

Dodger Blue Notes--Brian Falkenborg came off the disabled list Saturday, and the Dodgers kept him around as a 12th pitcher and optioned outfielder Chin-Feng Chen to Triple A. Tracy said his primary motivation was to keep a pitcher who could fill innings in a lopsided game, rather than waste pitchers such as Dreifort and Wilson Alvarez in those situations. ...Kazuhisa Ishii has allowed 11 earned runs in his past eight innings over two starts, but pitching coach Jim Colborn cited Ishii's 2-1 record and said he's confident Ishii will improve. ...manager Jim Tracy worries about how bench players such as infielders Robin Ventura and Olmedo Saenz would be affected by Green's everyday presence at first. He is troubled about keeping them sharp. So he may play Robin Ventura at first every so often and move Green back to right field. ... Since the 1906 season, the Dodgers are 970-968 against the Giants in the closest series between any two of Major League Baseball's original 16 teams. The Cardinals and Cubs come close -- separated by four games. ... Bradley declined to discuss his sore left leg, which he injured while trying to make a diving catch Wednesday in Denver. "I'll talk about the game, but I'm not going to talk about my leg," he said. Last season with the Cleveland Indians he set career highs in almost every offensive category and was one of the club's most consistent offensive players, but he missed 61 games because of injuries.