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Weaver, Dodgers silence Yankees

Ancient rivals draw 55,207 fans

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers picked up where they left off 23 years ago against the New York Yankees.

Jeff Weaver beat his former team, Juan Encarnacion drove in the go-ahead run, and the Dodgers won, 6-3, last night in the first regular-season meeting between two of baseball's most storied franchises.

Playing before the largest regular-season crowd in Dodger Stadium history, the Yankees lost back-to-back games for the first time since May 21-22 at Texas.

The teams hadn't played in a meaningful game since the 1981 World Series, which the Dodgers won, 4-2, by sweeping the final four games. Of their 11 World Series meetings, the Yankees won eight titles. Seven of the Dodgers' appearances came when they played in Brooklyn.

The lively sellout crowd of 55,207 heartily booed the Yankees, especially former Dodger Gary Sheffield, during pregame introductions, and frequently shouted a derogatory chant about the visitors.

Weaver (5-7) gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings against his former Yankees teammates. He struck out four, walked two, and shut down Alex Rodriguez, who had reached base safely in 53 straight games. Eric Gagne got three outs for his 17th save, extending his major league record to 80 in a row.

New York starter Javier Vazquez (7-5) struggled with his control, giving up five runs -- two earned -- and nine hits in five-plus innings. He struck out five, walked one, and had three wild pitches -- one led to a run in the fourth -- and a costly throwing error in the sixth.

The Dodgers took a 5-3 lead in the sixth. Adrian Beltre led off with a single to left and advanced to third on consecutive wild pitches by Vazquez -- who was serenaded by the song "Wild Thing" over the public address system. Encarnacion doubled to the left-field corner, scoring Beltre. Encarnacion scored from second when Vazquez fielded Alex Cora's bunt single and threw into the runner, causing the ball to pop loose.

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