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12-0 Dodgers tie home record

One more victory will give the Los Angeles Dodgers a longer home winning streak from the start of a season than any major league team since 1900. And the lowly Washington Nationals are coming to town, trying not to be a footnote to history.

Tuesday night's 3-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks gave the Dodgers a share of the record, which the Detroit Tigers set under manager Hughie Jennings by winning their first 12 games at Bennett Park in 1911 - the year before they moved into Tiger Stadium.

"I'm glad it's finally something that happened before I was born," said Joe Torre, the Dodgers' 68-year-old manager. "It's something to admire when you look back on it and know that there you are. You're in the record books and you were a part of that team that did it."

The Dodgers' longest home winning streak in Los Angeles at any point in a season was 13 games in 1993. They won 14 straight at Ebbets Field in 1921.

"To be a part of something like this is really special," winning pitcher Jeff Weaver said. "I'm just happy for the team about the 12-0 start here. Hopefully we can get 13."

The Dodgers' sixth straight victory made them a major league-best 20-8 overall, their best start since the 1983 club started out 21-7 under Tommy Lasorda. That same year, the Atlanta Braves started out 10-0 at home under Torre.

"I think anytime you put a streak together like this, it's a surprise - that things keep going your way," Torre said. "But the thing that doesn't surprise me is that we've been going out there every day and grinding it as a team."

"Baseball's full of streaks. You just hope the good ones outnumber the bad ones. I just don't want this to stop. And it's not about the streak. It's just about winning ballgames and putting them on the right side of the ledger."

The Dodgers have the same overall record Arizona had after 28 games last season, when the Diamondbacks held first place in the NL West and led Los Angeles by 5 1/2 games. Torre and Co. ended up winning the division title by two games.

Weaver (1-0) allowed a run and five hits over five innings and struck out six in his first start in the big leagues since September 28, 2007, with the Seattle Mariners.

Big league starts

The 10-year veteran right-hander outpitched Max Scherzer (0-3), who is 0-7 through his first 12 big league starts despite a respectable 3.16 ERA.

In San Diego, Brian Giles doubled in the winning run in the 10th inning and the Padres snapped a six-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Rockies. Giles' one-out double off Matt Daley (0-1) gave San Diego only its third win in 15 games.

Giles, who came into the game hitting .153 and was on a 3-for-27 skid, went 2 for 3 with two walks. Heath Bell (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

In other action, it was: Brewers 8, Pirates 5; Reds 7, Marlins 0; Mets 4, Braves 3; Phillies 10, Cardinals 7; Giants 6, Cubs 2; and Nationals 10, Astros 10, 11 innings, suspended.

Elsewhere, Jason Bay hit a three-run homer in a four-run first inning to spark the Boston Red Sox to a 7-3 win over the New York Yankees in the American League.

Boston improved to 5-0 this season against its arch rival for the first time since 1985. The Yankees have lost three straight at their new US$1.5 billion ballpark.

New York pitcher Joba Chamberlain allowed hits to his first five batters, then recovered to strike out a career-high 12 in 5 2-3 innings.

Also, it was: Blue Jays 10, Indians 6; Rangers 7, Mariners 2, 10 innings; Royals 8, White Sox 7 (11 innings); Tigers 9, Twins 0; Rays 6, Orioles 3; and Angels 5, Athletics 3.


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