Dodgers Move to 9-2 With 6-0 Win Over Padres

Jeff Weaver worked a magical 6-0 shutout over the San Diego Padres, allowing five hits, none after the fifth inning. It is the third shutout of the young season, one more than the 2004 staff put together. Los Angeles brought out it's big guns in the final game of the perfect 5-0 homestand. Jeff Kent and Milton Bradley homered back to back in the fourth and JD Drew hit a two-run shot in the sixth.

Weaver, Hee-Soep Choi and Bradley added doubles to the 11-hit attack. Weaver also had a single and scored a run, boosting his average to a surprising .333.

The Padres collected three hits in the first two innings and Gold Glove shortstop threw a ball away for an error but Weaver was untouchable with runners on base. He allowed a double in the fourth and a single in the fifth while striking out a season-high seven.

Kent singled and Bradley walked in the second and with one out, Ricky Ledee's fly drove in the first run.

Kent slugged his fourth homer of the season homer to dead center and Bradley hit his third homer of the season to right in the third for a 3-0 lead. Los Angeles built the margin to 5-0 in the fifth when J.D. drew, hitting .128, hit a monstrous shot to center field, his second, with Weaver, who had doubled, on base.

Three consecutive singles by Jose Valentin, Ledee and Paul Bako scored the sixth run of the game in the sixth inning.

Kent scored a pair of runs to run hit total to 16 and has scored a run in 10 straight games, one off the Dodger record of 11 set by Shawn Green.

The Dodgers, now hitting .291, have averaged 6.64 runs per game, tops in the National League, and move to Milwaukee for a pair of games Monday and Tuesday before flying back to play two in San Diego, then flying East to Denver for three with the Rockies.

Weaver retired 13 of the final San Diego hitters, with only a pair of walks marring the streak. He lowered his earned run average to an even 4.00 after a rough game April 12 that saw him allow eight runs and 11 hits in three innings.

The shutout, his second of the year after blanking the Giants April 7, gives him the National League lead. Derek Lowe whitewashed San Diego in the first game of the series 4-0.

Dodger Blue Notes--Brad Penny will make a Major League rehabilitation start for the Las Vegas 51s on Monday, at Cashman Field when Las Vegas hosts the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in a Pacific Coast League contest. Penny pitched 5.0 innings and allowed one earned run while pitching for the Single-A Vero Beach Dodgers on Wednesday. After Monday night's scheduled start in Las Vegas, Penny will rejoin the Dodgers on Wednesday in San Diego and be reevaluated.