Weaver, Choi and Robles Do In the Astros 1-0

LOS ANGELES, California-- The Dodgers celebrated their 1955 World Championship team before the game and then managed to squeeze out a 1-0 win over Houston when Oscar Robles' two out singled in the bottom of the eighth inning scored in Hee-Seop Choi who had a pinch-double, and Jeff Weaver battled Roger Clemens even up or just a little more to earn a 1-0 victory over the Houston Astros.

The 43-year-old Clemens limited the Dodgers to a harmless pair of singles through seven innings but Weaver was up to the challenge and matched him zero for zero.

Choi stroked a double to left field with one out in the last of the eighth and with two out Robles lined a sharp single into left field, scoring Jason Repko who ran for Choi. Duaner Sanchez took over in the ninth and nailed the win down for his fourth save.

Jeff Weaver spun a nifty seven hitter, walking none and striking out 10, keeping the Dodgers in the game until Choi hit for him. Weaver gave up three singles in the second inning and a pair in the sixth. In the seventh, a single and an error put runners at second and third but Weaver overcame each problem and earned a career-high 13th victory against eight defeats.

Weaver is 6-0 in July for a team that has only won 12 games overall.

Ricky Ledee got L.A.'s first hit in the fourth inning, an infield single, and Dioner Navarro dropped a soft single into left field in the fifth. Those were the only hit Clemens allowed over his six innings of work while lowering his earned run average to 1.51.

The only real threat he faced came after a pair of two-out walks in the second inning. Mike Edwards ripped a shot down the third base line but Morgan Ensberg saved a hit and at least one run with a backhand stop and throw to end the inning.

Craig Biggio for Clemens in the seventh after a one-out single by Brad Ausmus. Biggio, who made a reputation for being hit by pitches and holds the major league record (271) in that dubious department, leaned into the first pitch he saw from Weaver and it struck him near the left elbow.

But home plate umpire Doug Eddings didn't see it his way and ordered Biggio to stay in the batter's box, ruling that he purposely got hit. Biggio and manager Phil Garner protested loudly but to no avail.

Biggio then flied out to right field and slammed his bat in disgust before running to first base. Eddings pointed to the bat, then ejected him for continuing the argument. Biggio then threw his batting helmet away and at one point, had to be restrained by third base coach Doug Mansolino. Garner was ejected moments later for continuing the complaint.

Sanchez got three outs for his fourth save, but it didn't come easy. The first Astro reached base when first baseman Jason Phillips booted a grounder. Houston bunted him to second and Ausmus lived on a fielder's choice to put runners at first and third.

The Sanchez got pinch-hitter Jason Lane to bounced into a Robles-Jeff Kent-Phillips double play to send the 47,000+ fans home happy.

Izturis Placed on DL-- The Dodgers placed all-star shortstop Cesar Izturis on the disabled list with a lower back injury and called u[ Willie Aybar from Los Vegas to replace him on the roster. It is the 22nd Dodger that required placement on the disabled list. The Dodgers staff believes the back problem is a symptom from his midseason hamstring pull. He is eligible to return Sept. 7. The 22-year-pold Aybar has spent the season at Triple-A Las Vegas, where he was hitting .297 with 60 RBI playing third and second base.

Dodger Blue Notes-- Former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Carl Erskine played "God Bless America" and the National Anthem on his harmonica. ... Johnny Podres, who went the distance to beat the Yankees 2-0 in Game 7 of the 1955 World Series, threw a ceremonial first pitch to Roy Campanella II, the son of the legendary Brooklyn catcher and three-time NL MVP, who died in 1993, at age 71. ...Jayson Werth batted in the leadoff slot Sunday for the first time in Werth's professional career. The lineup also included Jose Cruz Jr., who has a tender hamstring, and Mike Edwards, one of three rookies in the starting lineup. With Aybar aboard, Los Angeles has 10 rookies on their 25-man roster. …When the Dodgers leave for Chicago on a six-game road swing, Wilson Alvarez won't make the trip. Still rehabbing, Alvarez said he's still retiring after this season and is interested in becoming a coach or instructor next year. …Another rookie, D.J. Houlton, starts Monday night against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Houlton has received four runs over his last five starts.