Weaver (5-4) Earns a Tough 6-3

Like a veteran boxer, eyes puffed up, a trickle of blood coming from his nose, Jeff Weaver hung on for six innings, battling DBacks on base every step of the way, to win his fifth game of the season by a 6-3 margin. He allowed 15 baserunners but was tough in a pinch. The Dodgers scored five of their runs in the first three innings, then went dormant until the ninth when they added another. Cesar Izturis singled twice and tripled and Jayson Werth doubled twice to spark the Los Angeles attack.

Weaver allowed six hits, three walks and hit a pair of Diamondbacks, leaving eight of them stranded on the bases including three in the first. He threw 99 pitches, 61 of them strikes.

Kelly Wunsch, Yhency Brazoban, Giovanni Carrara and Eric Gagne took care of the final three innings, keeping the bullpen's reputation strong after three straight games that featured blown saves.

Izturis led the game off with a spanking triple and scored on the first of Werth's doubles. J/D. Drew walked and with one out, Milton Bradley singled to score Werth. Antonio Perez walked to load the bases and the third run scored on Hee-Seop Choi's sac fly.

A single by Izturis, another double by Werth and Drew's long fly made it 3-0 in the second and Weaver was looking at an ample supply of run support but that just wasn't to be.

In the bottom of the first, Royce Clayton homered and Chris Snyder homered to cut the Dodger lead in half.

Bradley walked and scored on a two-out double by Jason Phillips for a 5-2 lead but things quieted down on the offensive front at that point.

Weaver held on to the lead desperately, allowing a singe in the fourth, a walk in the fifth and a walk and a single in the fifth. That was enough for manager Jim Tracy and Kelly Wunch swung into action and despite a two-out double worked a shutout seventh.

Brazoban smoothed the waters with a 1-2-3 eighth inning, the first down-in-order inning of the game.

L.A. collected a run in the ninth on consecutive singles by Olmedo Saenz, Perez and pinch-hitter Ricky Ledee loading the bases. Phillips lived on an error, scoring Saenz but Oscar Robles flew to short left and Izturis fanned to end the inning.

Leading 6-2, there was no save opportunity for Gagne so Tracy opted for Carrara and he allowed a single and a two-out walk. With things getting dicey and a save opportunity for Gagne, the stopper was waved in.

Showing he is still not in prime-time shape, Gagne allowed an RBI single before fanning old friend Shawn Green for his third save and ending the game.

The Dodgers stayed 4 1/2 games behind the Padres who scored three in the ninth to beat the Giants. Wilson Alvarez, with a 3-1 record and an 0.91 ERA, will open the Cub series in Chicago Monday. Dodger Blue Notes--Antonio Perez moved to second base to give Jeff Kent his second day off of the season. Olmedo Saenz started at third, then moved to first to replace Hee-Seop Choi who was 0-for-3 and slipped to .264. He did knock in a run with a sac fly. … Perez was two for three with a pair of walks and moved his average to a stunning .529. He is 11-for-18 (.731) on the road trip. … Ledee's pinch-single in the ninth was his fourth such hit in nine attempts.