LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 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
"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, 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
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
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
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
"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
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
Ten of Weaver's former Detroit teammates are still with the
Tigers, six of whom were rookies in 2002 when he was traded at
midseason. ... The Dodgers swept a three-game series at Detroit in
June 2003. ... Johnson has three hits in 24 big league at-bats. ...
The Tigers have trailed in 21 of their last 22 games, including
their last six victories.