Los Angeles (73-53) at Montreal (54-72)

Cloudy Currently: Montreal, QC, CA
Temp: 35° F
  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Thu Aug 26, 2004
  • TV: FSN2
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Jeff Weaver will try for his career-high fifth straight victory when the Los Angeles Dodgers meet the Montreal Expos in the finale of their four-game series.

Weaver is enjoying his best stretch of the season, going 4-0 with a 1.95 ERA in his last five outings to match his longest winning streak since Aug. 30-Sept. 25, 2002.

Acquired by Los Angeles in the offseason trade that sent Kevin Brown to the New York Yankees, Weaver has found his groove following a lackluster first half. He went 6-9 with a 4.22 ERA in his first 18 starts but is 5-1 with a 2.59 ERA in eight outings since the All-Star break.

The 28-year-old right-hander struggled, but earned a win over Atlanta on Saturday, allowing three runs and eight hits over seven innings in a 7-4 victory. He hit three consecutive batters in the first inning to tie a major league record but escaped that jam, and another bases-loaded situation in the fifth.

“I grinded it out,” said Weaver, who was also 2-for-2 at the plate. “I was able to figure it out and get by.”

The Dodgers lost 6-3 to the Expos on Wednesday to fall to 1-2 so far on their season-high 13-game road trip. Though they remain four games ahead of San Francisco in the division, they have lost eight of their last 14 overall.

Adrian Beltre, who hit a grand slam in a 10-2 victory Tuesday to become the first player in the majors with 40 home runs, went 2-for-4 with a run scored Wednesday. The NL MVP candidate is batting .454 (20-for-44) with eight homers and 15 RBIs during his 11-game hitting streak.

Brian Schneider, Brad Wilkerson, Tony Batista and Juan Rivera homered for the Expos, who gave manager Frank Robinson his 900th career win.

”(It) means you’ve been around a long time, that’s all,” Robinson said.

The Expos have won seven of their last nine at home and five of their last eight overall.

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