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Dodgers 7, Braves 4

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ATLANTA -- It's too early to give the NL East to the Atlanta Braves -- or even to count out Los Angeles in the NL West.

Jeff Weaver won his fourth straight decision and Milton Bradley hit a three-run homer as the Dodgers tightened the races in both divisions by beating the Braves 7-4 on Thursday night.

By splitting a doubleheader with Washington on Thursday, Philadelphia pulled within 4½ games of first-place Atlanta in the NL East.

The Dodgers, 10 games under .500, are only four games behind first-place San Diego in the NL West after the Padres' 2-0 loss to Florida on Thursday night.

"We can see the finish line," Bradley said. "We're very capable of winning the division. ... We're going to win it."

Bradley hit a belt-high changeup from John Thomson for his 13th homer to highlight a five-run fourth inning.

"That was the difference. We went out and put some runs on the board," Bradley said. "That was big for us."

Weaver (11-8) gave up 10 hits and four runs -- three earned -- in six innings. He has pitched at least six innings in 16 consecutive starts, a career-best streak.

Weaver gave up three hits, including a run-scoring single by Brian McCann, in the second inning. He then shut out the Braves until Andruw Jones hit his major league-leading 39th homer, a two-run shot to left, in the sixth. The homer drove in Chipper Jones, who reached on third baseman Oscar Robles' fielding error.

Adam LaRoche followed with his 15th homer, cutting the Dodgers' lead to 7-4.

The Dodgers have won five of seven.

The Braves fell to 5-4 on their 12-game homestand and wasted a chance to pull away from both Philadelphia and Washington in the division.

"You can't worry about the other guys," Andruw Jones said. "It's too early. We've got a month and a half left. We've got to worry about ourselves."

After watching Thomson give up eight hits and seven runs in 3 2/3 innings, LaRoche said there is reason to worry if the team's starting pitchers don't deliver.

"In my opinion, that's our only shot in the playoffs, is to have those guys on," LaRoche said. "I mean, that's it. If those guys aren't on, I don't see us making it past the first round.

"I don't care how good your lineup is, if the starting pitching's not there, then it's tough to win. I think we've all seen that in the past, we haven't gotten out of the first round."

Duaner Sanchez pitched a perfect ninth for his second save -- both in this series.

Los Angeles scored two runs with two outs in the first. Thomson (3-3) walked Bradley and gave up a single to Jeff Kent, who had three hits. Olmedo Saenz followed with a two-run double to center.

Another walk, to Jayson Werth, hurt Thomson in the fourth. Jose Cruz Jr. singled to right, moving Werth to third, and Dioner Navarro drove him in with a single to center. Weaver then popped up a bunt past a diving Thomson for an infield hit to load the bases.

After Cruz scored from third on Robles' fly ball to center, Bradley drilled a first-pitch homer, his 13th, high and deep into the right-field seats for a 7-1 lead.

The homer knocked Thomson from the game.

"It was the location," said Thomson of the pitch to Bradley. "If it was down and in where it needed to be, I don't think he hits it for a home run."

After spending almost three months on the disabled list with a finger injury, Thomson has split two starts, giving up 11 earned runs.

"Terrible," Thomson said of Thursday's start. "I was behind every batter, I threw the ball over the middle of the plate and they pretty much sat on my fastball."

Thomson said his finger "has nothing to do with it."

Notes

Weaver is 4-0 in his career against the Braves. He had a no-decision in a May 13 start against Atlanta. The Dodgers won that game 7-4. ... The teams finished 3-3 in their six-game season series. The Braves won two of three at Los Angeles in May. ... The Braves had not lost a home series since dropping two of three to Milwaukee from July 8-10.
 
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Players of the Game
Atlanta

A. LaRoche
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Los Angeles

M. Bradley
AB 4
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Cesar Izturis, SS5000015 .262
Oscar Robles, 3B4001000 .286
Milton Bradley, CF4213110 .281
Jeff Kent, 2B5130010 .295
Olmedo Saenz, 1B5012032 .289
Jayson Werth, LF3110111 .251
Jose Jr. Cruz, RF3120100 .211
Dioner Navarro, C4121013 .259
Jeff Weaver, P2110002 .255
    Elmer Dessens, P0000000 .000
   a- Hee Seop Choi, PH1000001 .251
    Giovanni Carrara, P0000000 .000
    Duaner Sanchez, P0000000 .000
Totals3671173814 
a-grounded out for Dessens in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jeff Kent (29, Thomson), Olmedo Saenz (19, Thomson), Jayson Werth (16, Brower), Jose Jr. Cruz (11, Boyer)
HR - Milton Bradley (13, Thomson)
SF - Oscar Robles (1)
SH - Jeff Weaver (5)
RBI - Oscar Robles (15), Milton Bradley 3 (38), Olmedo Saenz 2 (55), Dioner Navarro (4)
2-OUT RBI - Milton Bradley 3 (17), Olmedo Saenz 2 (24)
SB - Jayson Werth (7, 3rd base off Brower/McCann)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jose Jr. Cruz 1
DP - Robles-Kent-Saenz
E - Oscar Robles (3, )
Los Angeles Dodgers
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Elmer Dessens (H,1) 1000020 3.58
Giovanni Carrara (H,8) 1000000 4.61
Duaner Sanchez (S,2) 1000010 3.74
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Weaver 92-65, Elmer Dessens 18-11, Giovanni Carrara 6-4, Duaner Sanchez 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Weaver 3-8, Elmer Dessens 1-0, Giovanni Carrara 1-2, Duaner Sanchez 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Weaver 27, Elmer Dessens 3, Giovanni Carrara 3, Duaner Sanchez 3
Atlanta Braves
Rafael Furcal, SS4000013 .274
Marcus Giles, 2B4000021 .303
Chipper Jones, 3B4120010 .316
Andruw Jones, CF4112002 .275
Adam LaRoche, 1B4221000 .258
Jeff Francoeur, RF4000021 .360
Kelly Johnson, LF4020010 .241
Brian McCann, C2021000 .299
    Jorge Sosa, P0000000 .059
   a- Ryan Langerhans, PH1000011 .250
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
    Kyle Farnsworth, P0000000 .000
   b- Julio Franco, PH1000000 .292
John Thomson, P1000012 .250
    Jim Brower, P0000000 .000
   c- Brayan Pena, PH-C3010001 .148
Totals3641040911 
a-struck out for Sosa in the 6th
b-flied out for Farnsworth in the 9th
c-singled for Brower in the 5th
Batting
HR - Andruw Jones (39, Weaver), Adam LaRoche (15, Weaver)
RBI - Andruw Jones 2 (94), Adam LaRoche (64), Brian McCann (13)
SB - Chipper Jones (4, 2nd base off Weaver/Navarro), Kelly Johnson (2, 2nd base off Weaver/Navarro)
Team LOB - 5
Atlanta Braves
John Thomson (L,3-3) 3.2877221 4.53
Jim Brower 1.1100130 5.05
Jorge Sosa 1000000 2.70
Blaine Boyer 2100010 2.25
Kyle Farnsworth 1100020 2.42
Pitches-Strikes - John Thomson 76-46, Jim Brower 32-21, Jorge Sosa 14-8, Blaine Boyer 21-14, Kyle Farnsworth 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Thomson 4-5, Jim Brower 1-0, Jorge Sosa 1-2, Blaine Boyer 4-1, Kyle Farnsworth 1-0
Batters Faced - John Thomson 21, Jim Brower 6, Jorge Sosa 3, Blaine Boyer 7, Kyle Farnsworth 4
Game Information
Attendance - 24101
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Rick Reed, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez