Bradley Homer Gives L.A. Seventh Straight in 10th

<MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin </b>--There is just something about the Dodgers that seems to make them do things the hard way. After Milwaukee shattered the silence of Miller Park with a six-spot in the last of the fourth, Los Angeles shook themselves and started their comeback, tying the game on Cesar Izturis' two-out double in the ninth and riding Bradley's bomb to centerfield to their seventh win in a row and a gaudy 11-2 record.

Izturis had a pair of clutch at-bats, slugging a two-run double in the seventh to draw L.A. within one run, then knocking in the tying run with two out in the ninth. Pinch-hitters Jason Grabowski and Olmedo Saenz each knocked in a crucial run during the remarkable comeback.

Manager Jim Tracy was forced to use six pitchers. Elmer Dessens started but left the game with two on and one out in the fourth after injuring his neck. The bullpen shut the Brewers out the final six innings to allow the hitters to do their work.

Buddy Carlyle relieved Dessens and promptly threw a home run ball that put the Dodgers down 3-0. He then loaded the bases, walking a pair and hitting the Milwaukee pitcher, before grooving an 0-2 pitch that was spanked into the left field corner for three more runs and a 6-0 deficit.

Grabowski banged the Dodgers first pinch-hit homer of the season into the left field seats to get them on the board and they added four more in the seventh.

Jeff Kent doubled to lead the game off and Milton Bradley walked but was forced at third by Jose Valentin. Ricky Ledee fanned for the second out but pinch-hitter Jason Phillips singled Kent across and pinch-hitter Olmedo Saenz doubled to score Valentin.

Izturis, unable to get the ball out of the infield in his first three trips to the plate, doubled in two runs to cut the seemingly impossible lead to 6-5.

With one out in the ninth, Ledee singled and moved to second on a passed ball. With two out, Saenz walked to give Izturis the opportunity to be a hero and he grabbed the chance, singling across the tying run.

J.D. Drew walked to open the 10th and with one out Bradley banged the ball out of the park at it's deepest point, recording his fifth homer and 14th RBI of the season, both team-leading marks.

In the meantime, Carlyle threw a scoreless fourth, DJ Houlton duplicated in the fifth, rookie Steve Schmoll added two zeros and Giovanni Carrara (1-0), who would benefit from Bradley's homer, shut Milwaukee out in the ninth.

Yhency Brazoban came in to nail things down and he did -- but not before allowing a leadoff walk and a single. After a visit to the mound by pitching coach Jim Colburn he struck out the next two hitters and got a gently fly ball to end the game and record his third save of the year.

Bright as a Penny--Brad Penny threw well in a rehab start at Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday night, tossing six innings and surrendering two runs on five hits with two walks and nine strikeouts. Manager Jim Tracy said before the game that Penny would join the team in San Diego. Penny is on the disabled list with a strained right biceps. After telling reporters his arm finally feels 100 percent, he passed along the same information to general manager Paul DePodesta, who headed a contingent of a half-dozen Dodger officials, including Hall of Fame executive Tom Lasorda and farm director Terry Collins. Tracy said no decision will be made on whether to activate Penny and start him Sunday at Colorado, so the matter can be discussed with DePodesta and physical therapist Pat Screnar.

Right/Left Homeruns--When Milton Bradley hit a home run from both the right and left sides of the plate Monday night in Milwaukee, it was the sixth time in Dodger history it had occurred. Oddly enough, the last five times all came on the road. The first time it happened, and the only time in Brooklyn, Jim Russell hit his pair against the Cardinals in Ebbets Field. His two shots helped Don Newcombe win an 8-6 decision. The other five: Maury Wills, Jim Lefebvre, Wes Parker, Eddie Murray and Bradley came on the road.
The complete list:
Jim Russell, July 26, 1950 St. Louis
Maury Wills, May 30, 1962 at NY
Jim Lefebvre, May 7, 1966 at Cinn
Wes Parker, June 5, 1966 at NY [gm 1]
Eddie Murray, June 9, 1990 at SD
Milton Bradley, April 17, 2005 at Milwaukee

Dodger Blue Notes--There was general consensus of opinion that the first hit Odalis Perez allowed Monday night in the top of the seventh should have been ruled an error. The grounder rolled between the legs of first baseman Nori Nakamura and was ruled a double. Tracy agreed that Nakamura should have made the play. "That ball wasn't hit that well," he said. "It shouldn't have been a hit. I have seen those balls corralled before. That ball wasn't corralled." Nakamura redeemed himself on the next play, digging Jose Valentin's throw out of the dirt on a ground ball to end the inning, stranding a runner on third with the tying run. … Dodgers manager Jim Tracy told the Los Angeles Daily News he has not discussed with general manager Paul DePodesta the possibility of cutting back to a more traditional 11-man pitching staff, despite getting complete-game efforts from its starters in two of the previous three games. Tracy also brushed off the notion that his bench is short one player because the club is carrying a 12-man pitching staff. The Dodgers are leading the majors in runs scored, meaning there isn't that much need for a deep bench, anyway. … Left-hander Wilson Alvarez will pitch one inning tonight in Vero Beach, the first step in building his pitch count to the point where he can rejoin the Dodgers. Alvarez is expected to pitch in at least two more minor league games.