Dodgers Buried Under Fish Homeruns

The Dodgers didn't even get 24 hours to savor their 14-5 win over Florida before they climbed back into the ring but this time they were carried out on their shield. After taking a 2-1 lead on Jeff Kent's two-run double in the fifth, Jeff Weaver was banged around hard, giving up single, homer, homer and then with two out, a homer and double. That about ended the contest at that point. They Dodgers have not won two in a row during the month of May.

Weaver (4-3) cruised through the first five innings, allowing five hits and one run that came when Josh Beckett singled in a run in the top of the fifth. Weaver set the side down in order in the first, allowed singles in the third and fourth, then allowed the two-out single in the fifth to break the 0-0 tie.

Los Angeles continued its maddening habit of being unable to knock in runs when they get into scoring position.

JD Drew doubled with two out in the first, Milton Bradley walked and worked his way to third in the second, Cesar Izturis singled in the third but was erased on a strikeout-throw out as the Dodger shortstop was nailed attempting to steal second.

Bradley doubled in the fourth but was thrown out at third on a ground ball by Mike Edwards in the fourth. Paul Bako followed with a walk.

In each case, the runners never got a good look at home plate and the game was 0-0 into the fifth.

Weaver gave up two singles, then got a pair of popups before Becket singled home the first run of the game.

Immediately, in the last of the fifth, Izturis walked and Hee-Seop Choi singled him to third. Kent slugged a double in the gap in left-center to score both runners and giving the Dodgers a (brief) 2-1 lead.

But it all apparently left Weaver n the sixth. Old friend Paul Lo Duca led off with a single and Carlos Delgado homered. Miguel Cabrara followed with another homer. With two out Damian Easley homered and Alex Gonzalez doubled.

Manager Jim Tracy showed up at the mound with the hook but Duaner Sanchez gave up a walk and a single to run the score to 6-2.

The Dodgers' last gasp came in the seventh when Isturis singled -- he was two-for three with a pair of runs scored to boost his average over .340) and Choi was hit by a pitch. Drew singled and it looked like a rally was in the worked but Kent, Bradley (who was robbed of a two-run single by a spectacular over-the-shoulder catch) and Ricky Ledee went down in order.

In fact, the Dodgers went in order in the eighth and ninth to make it nine in succession while Florida added a pair of runs in the ninth on Kelly Wunsch and Giovanni Carrara. Wilson Alvarez worked two scoreless innings and the five L.A. hurlers allowed 13 hits and struck out one Marlin.

The number 6-7-8-9 hitters in the Los Angeles order were 0-for-14. Ricky Ledee ended three innings and the number nine hitter, Weaver twice and pinch-hitters Antiono Perez and Oscar Robles, ended the inning four times. Oddly enough, Kent was the third out in the other two.

Grabowski on DL--Infielder Antonio Perez was activated from the disabled list Wednesday, as expected, but in a surprise move the Dodgers decided to disable utilityman Jason Grabowski to make room for him. Grabowski has been bothered by a shoulder impingement since spending significant time in Spring Training behind the plate and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. He will likely begin a rehab in Las Vegas next week. After a pinch-hit single Tuesday night, Grabowski is batting only .152 in 33 at-bats for the entire season.

Dodger Blue Notes--The Dodgers have lost three consecutive series, dropping two of three to Atlanta and three of four at St. Louis. They haven't won back-to-back games since winning their third in a row on May 1. … Marlins third baseman Mike Lowell left in the second inning with a bruise after he lost Bradley's popup in the sun near the dugout and was hit flush on the nose. ... Dodgers INF Antonio Perez came off the disabled list after being sidelined for 35 games because of a strained left hamstring and struck out as a pinch hitter. … Pitching coach Jim Colborn reported that Weaver had been pitching with a tender shoulder that has caused some weakness. Weakness or no, he made 96 pitches in 5.2 innings after making 119 in the previous start. He has thrown at least 99 pitches in seven of his nine starts this year and led the club in innings pitched last year. … Through 40 games, the Dodgers are 22-18, the same record they had at this point last year, when they were mired in an eight-game losing streak. After taking Thursday off, they open Interleague Play against the Angels on Friday night. … Ken Gurnick reported on that Milton Bradley is hitting .405 in games the Dodgers win and .223 in games they lose. Jeff Kent is batting .363 in games the Dodgers win and .213 in games they lose. Of Bradley's 10 home runs, eight have come in wins. Of his 25 RBI, 21 have come in victories. Of Kent's eight home runs, six have come in wins. Of his team-high 32 RBI, 26 have come in victories.