Bradley homer lifts Dodgers

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Milton Bradley's hot hitting extended the Los Angeles Dodgers' winning streak to seven games and made up for an earlier misplay in the outfield.

Bradley hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning Tuesday as the Dodgers rallied from a six-run deficit to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-6.

Bradley has a seven-game hitting streak, hitting .444 (12-for-27). He has at least one hit in each of his 12 starts this year and his only hitless game came as a pinch-hitter on April 10 at Arizona.

"If you look at what we've been able to do in one-run games over the past couple of years, it's indicative of a ballclub that understands what it has to do to win games like that," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said.

It was the biggest comeback for Los Angeles since the Dodgers overcame a six-run deficit at Montreal on Aug. 11, 1999.

Milwaukee, which has lost five straight, scored six runs in the fourth inning after Dodgers starter Elmer Dessens left because of muscle spasms in the back of his right shoulder. Tracy said Dessens was day-to-day and it was too early to tell whether Dessens would be able to take his next turn in the rotation.

Pinch-hitter Jason Grabowski began the comeback with a leadoff homer in the sixth. Los Angeles closed to 6-5 in the seventh against Jorge De La Rosa on pinch-hitter Jason Phillips' RBI single, pinch-hitter Olmedo Saenz's RBI double and Cesar Izturis' two-run double.

Ricky Ledee singled off Mike Adams with one out in the ninth, advanced on Damian Miller's two-out passed ball and, after Saenz walked, scored on Izturis' single.

"We got into the ninth inning with a one-run lead and I let the team down," Adams said. "It's as simple as that."

J.D. Drew walked against Tommy Phelps (0-1) leading off the 10th, and Bradley homered one out later on a 1-2 pitch, his fifth of the year.

"It's a tremendous team win," said Tracy, who used all of his position players and five relievers. "When you look at my lineup card and see the number of players involved, I think that would constitute a total team effort."

Giovanni Carrara (2-0) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, and Yhency Brazoban finished for his third save.

Dessens walked Carlos Lee leading off the fourth and allowed a single to Miller. After Jeff Cirillo flied out to center, Dessens came out of the game.

Buddy Carlyle relieved and Chris Magruder homered on a 2-2 pitch for a 3-0 lead. The reserve outfielder was starting for the third time in four games because Geoff Jenkins has flulike symptoms.

Milwaukee loaded the bases when J.J. Hardy walked, pitcher Gary Glover was hit by a pitch and Brady Clark walked. After Junior Spivey took a called third strike, Lyle Overbay hit a fly to center that was misplayed by Bradley into a three-run double as the ball rolled to the wall.

Glover allowed three runs and five hits in six innings.

Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said his team needed to get over the loss quickly and prepare for its series against the Astros. The Brewers are 4-1 against Pittsburgh and 1-7 against other teams.

"We have a tough game tomorrow," he said. "These games hurt, but you can't wallow in pity for long."

Game notes
Right-hander Ben Sheets' $38.5 million, four-year contract with Milwaukee calls for a $4.5 million signing bonus payable from November 2005 through November 2006 -- $4.5 million in 2005, $8.5 million in 2006, $10 million in 2007 and $11 million in 2008. ... Dodgers closer Eric Gagne, on the disabled list, played catch from 60 feet on flat ground before the game and had no discomfort in his right elbow or his sprained knee. He is to play catch again Wednesday if he doesn't experience "any kind of flareup," Tracy said. ... Right-hander Brad Penny made a rehabilitation start Monday night for Triple-A Las Vegas and could rejoin the Dodgers this weekend or make one more rehab start, Tracy said. ... Hardy singled in the second, snapping an 0-for-18 slump.