PIRATES Bradley lifts Dodgers to first season sweep
Los Angeles is 22-5 against Pittsburgh over the last five seasons.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- If the Pittsburgh Pirates needed a wakeup call before their noon start on getaway day, they got a rude one from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Milton Bradley hit two home runs, including one of three straight by the Dodgers in the first inning, and Los Angeles beat the Pirates 8-3 Thursday behind another solid outing from Jeff Weaver to finish its first season sweep of any NL team since moving to the West Coast in 1958.
"We normally swing the bat good in day games, because you can see the ball better and it carries a little more," said Adrian Beltre, who also hit one of the Dodgers' season-high five homers, his 30th of the season. "It was good to come out in the first inning and give Weave some run support."
It was the second time this year that the Dodgers hit three consecutive homers. Beltre, Juan Encarnacion and David Ross did it against Brett Tomko in the fifth inning of a 7-6 victory at San Francisco on April 18.
"We just took care of business," Bradley said. "We came out swinging the bats and hit the ball the way we're capable of doing. This is one of the more legit parks -- but in the daytime, the ball does take off a little better."
It also was the first time any team hit three consecutive homers against the Pirates since Aug. 4, 2002, when San Francisco's J.T. Snow and Reggie Sanders took Kris Benson deep, and David Bell did likewise against Josias Manzanillo in the sixth inning of the Giants' 10-5 win at PNC Park.
"It was a beautiful thing," said Weaver, who has allowed no more than three earned runs in 17 of his last 19 starts but is only 8-8 during that stretch.
"Twelve o'clock games are tough to get going in, but we came out of the chute with some runs," the right-hander added. "Getting four in the first inning allows you to go out there and just make pitches, stay ahead of hitters and force them to swing at the pitches you want them to."
Weaver (9-10) allowed two runs on five hits in seven innings and struck out five, pitching the NL West leaders to their 24th win in 30 games and putting them a season-high 21 games over .500. They are 22-5 against Pittsburgh the last four seasons.
Jayson Werth and Jose Hernandez also homered for the Dodgers, who outscored the Pirates 30-16 in their six meetings and outhomered them 10-3. Jason Bay's solo shot in the ninth against Duaner Sanchez ended a string of 33 consecutive Pirates hits in their past six games that were singles.
Rookie Sean Burnett (5-4) was charged with six runs and eight hits in four-plus innings, including four homers. The left-hander allowed only two home runs over 53 innings in his nine other starts this season and had won five of his previous six outings.