Bradley Ejected, Dodgers Lose

Milton Bradley and Manager Jim Tracy were ejected in the sixth inning of a 1-0 game and the Dodgers went on to lose 4-1 before a season-low crowd of 22,402 Tuesday night. The home plate umpire warned Bradley about arguing balls and strikes from the dugout. Bradley responded and was ejected immediately. When Bradley reached the dugout, he picked up a bag of baseballs and tossed it onto the field. Tracy began an animated argument and was thrown out for his first ejection of the season.

It was the second ejection for the center fielder this season.

"It's a double standard. I feel very strongly that the player was provoked and I didn't appreciate it. Everyone talks about Milton and the fact that he has a tendency to lose his temper, but I don't know any individual who would not lose his temper if they are provoked into doing so. We have been schooled that if you bring things up that took place previously, you don't get to stay around very much. So if that's the case for us, why would (the umpire) be bringing something up with a guy that had taken place two or three innings earlier?"--Manager Jim Tracy.

Starter Jeff Weaver (3-7) allowed a leadoff home run and three runs in the seventh inning. He lasted 6 innings, and one of the four runs was unearned.

Weaver allowed a first-inning run on a leadoff homer and the Dodgers ran themselves out of a scoring opportunity in the second when Shawn Green, after a leadoff walk, was doubled off first on Adrian Beltré's liner to second. Juan Encarnacion followed with a single and Olmedo Saenz walked, before Jose Hernandez drove a shot to the left-field fence for the third out.

The Brewers tagged Weaver for three runs with two out in the seventh to turn a 1-0 lead into a four-run cushion.

He hit a batter, walked the next and gave up a single that drove in a run. The ball rolled past Roberts, allowing another run to score from first base. A run-scoring double gave Milwaukee a 4-0 lead.

Weaver threw 125 pitches, before acting manager Jim Riggleman removed him. It was his sixth quality start in his last seven games.

The Dodgers finally broke through in the eighth when Roberts singled, stole second and scored on Shawn Green's single to right-center.

The loss left Los Angeles with a small percentage points lead over San Diego who lost the Colorado. The Giants followed suit, losing to Arizona and breaking a 10-game winning streak.

Dodger Blue Notes--Edwin Jackson will start tonight in place of Wilson Alvarez (left hip strain), and is hoping to make a good impression with the Dodgers in the process. Jackson was 5-2 with a 5.13 ERA, and after the game will return to Las Vegas to get regular starts. ... Hideo Nomo (split fingernail) will make a rehabilitation start Thursday at Las Vegas and throw between three and six innings. If healthy, Nomo will start Tuesday at Toronto. ... Giovanni Carrara, a bullpen workhorse for the Dodgers in 2001-2002, has re-signed with the organization to provide depth at Las Vegas. Carrara was pitching for the Chicago Cubs' Triple-A affiliate at Iowa, where he was 1-2 with a 2.88 ERA in 16 games. He had an option in his contract that allowed him to declare free agency if he was not in the big leagues with the Cubs by June 1. He pitched in 23 games for the Seattle Mariners last year after being released at the end of Spring Training by the Dodgers. ... Reliever Paul Shuey, trying to return from a torn thumb tendon, said the injury and offseason hip surgery have led to an overhaul of his mechanics and repertoire. He has replaced his overhand curveball with a slider. He is also trying a change-up. ... Jose Hernandez started at second base and Olmedo Saenz at first base, with Shawn Green moving to right field. Roberts is expected back in the lineup today against a Milwaukee right-hander.