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LOS ANGELES -- For the second straight start, Jeff Weaver was unhittable after giving up an early homer.
Weaver outpitched Jason Johnson with seven innings of two-hit ball -- shrugging off the Detroit pitcher's first major league home run -- and Jason Grabowski hit a two-run shot to help the Dodgers beat the Tigers 3-1 Wednesday night in the finale of their first interleague series at Dodger Stadium.
Weaver (6-5) beat his former team for the first time, striking out seven and walking none. The only other Detroit batter to get a hit was Brandon Inge, who doubled in the first.
"I've felt good the last couple of outings," Weaver said. "I think it's about time to get on a roll again and get those quality starts going and give us a chance to win each and every night."
The game was similar to Weaver's previous outing last Friday against Milwaukee, when he surrendered a grand slam to Carlos Lee in the first inning and did not allow another hit during the rest of his seven-inning stint.
Weaver, who spent his first three-plus major league seasons with the Tigers, made his only other start against them with the Yankees on May 31, 2003, when he gave up three earned runs over seven innings in a 4-2 loss at Detroit.
"I knew they're an aggressive team, so I just wanted to make sure I got ahead in the count with the fastball and make them chase some off-speed pitches," Weaver said. "And it was effective."
Johnson (4-5) allowed three runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings, after pitching at least eight innings in each of his previous five starts. The last Tigers pitcher to go at least eight innings in more than five consecutive starts was Jack Morris, who did it seven straight times during the final month of the 1986 season.
"It was one of those nights," Johnson said. "I really didn't feel good on the mound, but I was happy to be able to keep the team in the game. I just left one pitch over the middle of the plate to Grabowski."
Grabowski, who missed 19 games with an injured right shoulder before he was activated on Tuesday, started for the first time since April 25 and opened the scoring in the second inning with a drive over the fence in right-center after a leadoff single by Jayson Werth.
The homer was the second of the season for Grabowski, whose 69 at-bats as a pinch-hitter last season was a Los Angeles record and also led the majors.
"It's a little frustrating, having to pinch hit every day," said Grabowski, whose other homer came as a pinch-hitter. "Whether you have a good at-bat or a bad one, you have all day to think about it. So you just try to take advantage of the opportunity when guys get hurt. That's what a backup does."
The Tigers got their only run in the third, thanks to a most unlikely source. Weaver threw Johnson a first-pitch fastball just above the knees and watched it land in the lower seats just inside the left field pole.
"It would have been more enjoyable if we won," said Johnson, who hit a home run two years ago during spring training with Baltimore.
It was the 11th home run allowed by Weaver over his last seven starts -- and made Johnson the first Tigers pitcher ever to homer in an interleague game. Weaver also has surrendered homers this season to pitchers Jason Schmidt and Eric Milton.
"I've given up three homers to pitchers this year, and we've won all three. So it might be a new trend. I don't know," Weaver joked.
Weaver, the Dodgers' best-hitting pitcher, couldn't come through in the fourth the way Johnson did. He grounded out to short with the bases loaded to end the inning.
But he retired 13 consecutive batters after Johnson's homer before hitting Dmitri Young on the right leg with two outs in the seventh.
"That curveball of his is nasty," Rondell White said. "He'll throw it at right-handed hitters like a fastball and it breaks so much, you can't pick up the rotation on it. And he was throwing it for strikes, so you really didn't have a chance. He did exactly what he wanted to do."
Hee-Seop Choi drove in the Dodgers' third run with an RBI single in the seventh that chased Johnson. Rookie Mike Edwards helped set it up with a single batting for Weaver, making him 5-for-6 as a pinch-hitter.
Tigers shortstop Carlos Guillen sat out because he strained his left hamstring as he tried to score from second on a single Tuesday night. Outfielder Magglio Ordonez, who underwent hernia surgery in April, took batting practice outdoors for the first time this season.
|Dodgers pitcher Jeff Weaver strikes out seven and improves to 6-5. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Nook Logan, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.311|
|Tony Giarratano, SS||4||0||0||0||0||3||0||.211|
|Brandon Inge, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.302|
|Rondell White, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.301|
|Dmitri Young, 1B||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.266|
|Craig Monroe, RF||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.262|
|Omar Infante, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.211|
|Vance Wilson, C||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.105|
|Jason Johnson, P||2||1||1||1||0||0||0||.500|
|Jamie Walker, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chris Spurling, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Chris Shelton, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.278|
|Kyle Farnsworth, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Spurling in the 8th|
|2B - Brandon Inge (11, Weaver)|
|HR - Jason Johnson (1, Weaver)|
|RBI - Jason Johnson (1)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|Jason Johnson (L,4-5)||6.2||8||3||3||1||3||1||3.33|
|IBB - Phillips by Jason Johnson|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jason Johnson 93-63, Jamie Walker 1-1, Chris Spurling 3-2, Kyle Farnsworth 20-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Johnson 10-7|
|Batters Faced - Jason Johnson 29, Jamie Walker 1, Chris Spurling 1, Kyle Farnsworth 3|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Cesar Izturis, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.310|
|Hee Seop Choi, 1B||4||0||1||1||0||0||0||.243|
|J.D. Drew, CF||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.281|
|Jeff Kent, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.282|
|Jayson Werth, RF-LF||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.273|
|Antonio Perez, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.368|
|Jason Grabowski, LF||3||1||1||2||0||1||1||.162|
|Jason Repko, RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.221|
|Jason Phillips, C||2||1||1||0||1||0||0||.276|
|Jeff Weaver, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.241|
|a- Mike Edwards, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.340|
|Yhency Brazoban, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Eric Gagne, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for Weaver in the 7th|
|2B - Jayson Werth (5, J. Johnson)|
|HR - Jason Grabowski (2, J. Johnson)|
|RBI - Hee Seop Choi (21), Jason Grabowski 2 (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - Hee Seop Choi (9)|
|SB - Antonio Perez (4, 2nd base off J. Johnson/V. Wilson)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Jeff Weaver (W,6-5)||7||2||1||1||0||7||1||5.27|
|Yhency Brazoban (H,6)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||3.76|
|Eric Gagne (S,7)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.18|
|HBP - Young (by Jeff Weaver), V. Wilson (by Yhency Brazoban)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Weaver 85-63, Yhency Brazoban 22-15, Eric Gagne 13-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Weaver 10-4, Eric Gagne 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Jeff Weaver 24, Yhency Brazoban 4, Eric Gagne 3|
|Attendance - 34690|
|Game Time - 2:24|
|Temperature - 67|
|Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Joe West|