ATLANTA (AP)—Ten days is a long time between wins.
“It’s never fun going through what we’ve been through,” Los Angeles manager Jim Tracy said after the Dodgers snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 7-4 win over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.
Tracy also says the 10-day wait for a win will help his team later in the season.
“But I have to tell you,” he said, “the way this team has handled themselves and the way they’ve stuck together and the pride they’ve shown in the face of adversity, in the long run we will gain from it.”
Despite the losing streak, the Dodgers are still in first place in the NL West.
Tracy benched cleanup hitter Shawn Green in an effort to shake up the lineup after back-to-back shutout losses. The Dodgers responded with 13 hits, breaking out with a four-run third inning.
“It’s nice to come in the clubhouse and have the radio on with any kind of music,” said catcher David Ross, one of five Dodgers with two hits.
“It was just a matter of time before our bats got back to where they were the first month,” Weaver said.
Grabowski was 2-for-5 and hit his fourth homer in the four-run third inning.
Grabowski, who hit two home runs Monday at Philadelphia, has hit .341 with four homers and eight RBI in 11 starts as he filled in for the injured Dave Roberts.
“I just wanted to do the best I can to help us win and hopefully make it tough for them when (Roberts) does come back,” Grabowski said.
Roberts, the regular leadoff hitter, has been sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Weaver pitched seven strong innings before tiring in the eighth, giving up a three-run homer to pinch-hitter Dewayne Wise. It was the first home run for Wise since Aug. 7, 2002, when he was with Toronto.
Weaver (3-5) gave up six hits and three runs while setting a season high with nine strikeouts.
In his only other career start against the Braves, Weaver pitched a five-hit shutout for Detroit in a 6-0 win at Turner Field on June 18, 2002.
“When you have success in a park one time, you come back in with confidence you’re going to pitch well,” Weaver said. “It’s a big park here. You can get away with some fly balls that might be out in other parks.”
Weaver did not allow as many as two base-runners in one inning until the eighth, when Wilson Betemit led off with a single and Nick Green walked. Wise followed with his homer, knocking Weaver out of the game.
Jaret Wright (2-5) allowed eight hits and five runs in 4 1-3 innings as the Braves dropped to 2-9 in day games.
Wright is 0-3 with a 9.75 ERA in three day games. He is 2-2 with a 2.08 ERA in five night games.
“You have to play some games during the day,” Wright said. “There’s nothing you can do about it. You have to pitch when you have to pitch. No excuses.”
The teams played through rain in the third inning, and with the sometimes heavy downpour came the end of the Dodgers’ scoring drought. The Dodgers had gone 22 consecutive scoreless innings before breaking through against Wright.
Grabowski’s two-run homer was just over the reach of Chipper Jones’ glove at the top of the wall in left field. Cora added a run-scoring triple.
Ross knocked Wright out of the game by driving in Adrian Beltre with a sharp single up the middle in the fifth inning, pushing the Dodgers’ lead to 5-0.
After Cora’s seventh-inning homer, Encarnacion added a run-scoring single inthe eighth.
Betemit started at third base for the Braves as Mark DeRosa, hitting only .194, was given the day off. … Wright had not allowed a home run in 35 2-3 innings before giving up Grabowski’s two-run shot. The only other home run Wright allowed this year was to Chicago’s Todd Hollandsworth on April 10. … Johnny Estrada, who had been 1-for-11 in the homestand, had two hits for theBraves.