Two Pitches Cost Dodgers Dearly in 7-5 Loss

Over some 154-odd pitches the Dodger staff only made two mistakes. The first, a grand slam home run thrown by starter Jeff Weaver and the second, a three-run home run thrown by Giovanni Carrara, cost them a 7-5 decision. Weaver allowed three hits, Carrara one but Milwaukee collected the win and L.A. slipped back to 26-26 and 6 1/2 games behind league-leading San Diego. Dodgers pitching has allowed 65 home runs, on pace for 195. The Los Angeles record for home runs allowed is 192 set in 1999.

The big first-inning grand slam was struck by Carlos Lee and Milwaukee clung to that in front of 41,528 disappointed fans at Dodger Stadium.

Other than that jarring hit, Weaver worked a strong seven-innings. allowing three hits while walking three and striking out seven. Weaver (5-5) didn't allow a hit, and gave up only two walks, after Lee's long hit, but the Dodgers were held in check for seven innings before breaking through against the Brewers bullpen in the eighth.

Bill Hall's eighth-inning, three-run home run off Giovanni Carrara was shared by Duaner Sanchez and Kelly Wunch, who each was credited with a run in the inning.

In the eighth, the Dodgers picked up a pair of walks, then scored on consecutive RBI singles by Jayson Werth and Antonio Perez.

Then came a play that might well have happened in Brooklyn, where the unusual was commonplace.

With runners on the corners and one out, catcher Jason Phillips popped out in foul territory. Werth, on third, made a fake toward the plate and drew a throw home from Hall, who instead hit Phillips in the head as he reached first base. Phillips was stunned but stayed in the game.

Dodgers had chances to undo the grand slam when Olmedo Saenz flied out with runners on second and third in the second inning, and in the fourth, when they loaded the bases with no outs and got only one run.

Saenz banged a solo home run in the sixth.

Weaver has allowed 10 home runs in his past 35 innings (in six starts), and in five of the six the home run either broke open a tie game or turned a Dodgers lead into a deficit. Weaver, who has allowed 12 home runs gave up only 19 all last year.

The Dodgers had one more shot in the ninth but Jeff Kent's potential tying fly ball died in on the warning track.

Dodger Blue Notes--Milton Bradley became the 12th Dodger on the disabled list Friday, matching the club's total for the entire 2004 season, when he was placed on the 15-day DL with a torn ligament at the base of his right ring finger. He will be eligible to return June 14. Bradley suffered the injury on a swing in Arizona and, after four days in a brace, is still unable to grip a bat. Jason Repko, sent to Triple-A on May 25 when Jayson Werth was activated, was recalled from Las Vegas, where he hit .387 with three home runs and six RBI. One of the home runs was an inside-the-park homer Thursday night, after which Repko was told to pack his bags. He started in right field, a move that delighted Werth who does not like playing right field at all. …Of the Dodgers disabled this year, seven -- Darren Dreifort, Elmer Dessens, Jose Valentin, Jason Grabowski, Odalis Perez, Paul Bako and Bradley -- are still out. At this time last year, the Dodgers had incurred a total of six disabling injuries, and didn't reach 12 until Aug. 17. …Dessens began his Minor League rehabilitation assignment with Las Vegas Friday night by pitching two innings, allowing one earned run on two hits with two walks and a strikeout against Colorado Springs. …Pitcher Brad Penny said preliminary discussions with the club about a contract extension have made no progress and, unless an agreement is reached quickly, he will shut down talks and test the free-agent market after the season. …D.J. Houlton makes his first Major League start Saturday night in place of Alvarez, who would have started in place of Perez. Houlton gives the Dodgers the unusual distinction of having two Rule 5 draft picks in the current starting rotation, joining fellow rookie Derek Thompson, who has made two effective starts and earned a third Tuesday night against Detroit

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