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Dodgers' Drew, Kent team up on Brewers

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have been waiting all season for J.D. Drew to start driving in runs on a consistent basis. Perhaps now their wishes will be answered.

Drew drove in three runs with a pair of homers, Jeff Kent also homered and the Dodgers ended a three-game losing streak with a 6-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night.

"The expectations I put on myself are high," said Drew, who has only 26 RBI in 50 games after driving in a career-high 93 runs last season for Atlanta. "I try not to get down on myself or my swing. I'm just trying to relax and do the little things.

"The last week and a half I've felt really good. Tonight I had some good swings and was fortunate enough to get the barrel of the bat on the ball."

Giovanni Carrara (5-2) pitched two innings of one-hit relief for the victory, helping send Milwaukee to its fifth loss in six games and preventing the Dodgers from slipping below the .500 mark for the first time since their opening day loss at San Francisco.

Eric Gagne struck out three in the ninth -- but also allowed a run, a hit, two walks, and threw two wild pitches. He earned his fourth save in as many chances. It was his first save opportunity at Dodger Stadium since coming off the disabled list on May 14.

Ben Sheets (1-5) lost his fifth straight start, allowing five runs, six hits and three homers in five-plus innings. The two-time All-Star couldn't hold a 3-0 lead and fell to 4-14 since last year's All-Star break -- though the Brewers have been shut out five times during that stretch.

Sheets was sidelined for 38 days, spending three of them in a Houston hospital because of an inner ear problem that left him dizzy and disoriented. The right-hander returned to the rotation Saturday and pitched five innings in a 9-6 loss to Houston, allowing one earned run.

"I felt good tonight. But my location was terrible, just terrible," Sheets said. "You can't pitch without location. I'm just trying to get in a groove. That wasn't the right stuff right there, no way."

The defending NL West champions tied it 3-all in the fifth inning on Jason Phillips' RBI single, then took the lead in the sixth when Antonio Perez led off with a double and Drew followed with a drive into the right field pavilion on an 0-1 pitch. It was his ninth homer of the season and fourth of his career against Sheets.

"It's been a battle for him. But he was big for us tonight, and we needed it," Phillips said. "I've never played with the guy before this year, but all I know his numbers are there year in and year out. So maybe when he gets hot, he gets really hot -- and when he's cold he goes through some bad spells."

Matt Wise relieved and struck out the next three batters.

Sheets retired his first 11 before Drew hit a 1-1 breaking ball over the center field fence. Kent, who came to the plate 4-for-22 against Sheets, drove his 10th homer into the left field pavilion on a 2-1 pitch to trim Milwaukee's lead to 3-2.

It was the third time that Kent and Drew, who signed with the Dodgers as free agents two weeks apart last December, have homered in the same game. Kent was given a two-year, $17 million contract, and Drew got a five-year deal for $55 million.

"These are guys who have proven they can do the job in big situations," Phillips said. "Sometimes I think we put too much pressure on them. When they're not coming through, it's easy to say, `Well, this guy's not doing his job.' But nobody's going to be perfect."

Dodgers lefty Derek Thompson allowed three runs and six hits over five innings and struck out five in his second big league start.

"The first time out, the walks were killing me. So this time I wanted to emphasize on getting strike one," Thompson said. "I felt like I had a quality start because when I came out, the team had a chance to win. We won tonight, and that's the most important thing."

Milwaukee opened the scoring in the second when Bill Hall doubled off the glove of right fielder Jayson Werth for the first of his three hits and scored on Junior Spivey's single.

The Brewers made it 3-0 with a pair of fourth-inning runs. Carlos Lee walked and scored when Wes Helms singled to deep shortstop, just beating the throw to first from Gold Glove winner Cesar Izturis and tumbling over the bag. Chad Moeller followed with an RBI single.

Pinch-hitter Olmedo Saenz hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth to make it 6-3. Overbay scored Milwaukee's fourth run on two wild pitches by Gagne.


  • Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, who watched the game from owner Frank McCourt's field level box seats, was piloting the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team when Sheets pitched a three-hit shutout against Cuba to clinch the gold medal.
  • Brewers 3B Russell Branyan was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken middle finger on his left hand. He was injured while attempting to bunt for a hit on Wednesday night at San Diego.
  • Milwaukee recalled OF Dave Krynzel, the 11th overall pick in the June 2000 draft, from Triple-A Nashville to fill the vacant roster spot.
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J.D. Drew smacks his second home run off of Ben Sheets --- this one in the sixth inning.  (Getty Images)
J.D. Drew smacks his second home run off of Ben Sheets --- this one in the sixth inning. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

J. Drew
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2

B. Hall
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0

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Milwaukee Brewers
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Tommy Phelps 0.1000100 2.87
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Los Angeles Dodgers
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Game Information
Attendance - 32004
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Lazaro Diaz, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Jim Joyce