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Sele wins first game for Dodgers in National League debut

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LOS ANGELES -- Aaron Sele is back in the major leagues, back in Southern California and back in the win column for the first time since June.

Sele pitched 6 2/3 solid innings in his National League debut, Russell Martin hit his first major league home run, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 10-2 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

"Anytime you're in a big league atmosphere, it's a lot of fun," Sele said. "I was excited to take the mound and hopefully try to contribute in a positive way. You just go out there, try to work quick and get the guys back in and let them do their jobs, too."

Olmedo Saenz and Rafael Furcal each hit two-run homers and Jeff Kent also drove in two runs for the Dodgers, who have won four straight following a five-game losing streak that dropped them into the NL West basement. This was the fifth time they have swept Milwaukee in a three-game series since the Brewers switched leagues in 1998.

Sele (1-0) spent the first five weeks of the season with Triple-A Las Vegas and got called up when left-hander Odalis Perez was placed on the bereavement list to visit his ailing mother in the Dominican Republic. The two-time All-Star made a good first impression, allowing a run and five hits and retiring 13 consecutive batters at one point.

Jeff Cirillo, who entered the game in the fourth inning as a defensive replacement after first baseman Prince Fielder left with tightness in his groin, ended Sele's string of consecutive outs with a leadoff double in the seventh.

"I was trying to keep the ball on the ground, keep the defense involved and keep a good rhythm and pace out there for the guys to be on their toes behind me," Sele said. "Furcal made a couple of nice plays at shortstop that were a lot more difficult than he makes them seem. This team has a lot of good quality players, and all the components are here to compete and do well."

The Dodgers are Sele's fifth different club in a big league career that began in 1993 with Boston. The right-hander won a career-high 19 games for the Texas Rangers in 1998 and a World Series ring with the Angels in 2002. He is the 81st player and 36th pitcher to play for both the Dodgers and Angels.

"He's very composed, very patient, very experienced," Kent said. "It's a blessing for a pitching staff because you can feed off a guy like that who's calm, collected and very businesslike. I thought he pitched a perfect game to the Brewers, keeping them off-balance, in and out and mixing speeds up."

Dave Bush (2-4) gave up six runs and eight hits over six innings and struck out seven in an emergency start after Ben Sheets was scratched because of tightness in the front of his right shoulder. Two of the runs were unearned, the result of fielding errors by Fielder and second baseman Rickie Weeks.

"I was ready to pitch," Bush said. "I was semi-prepared for it because I was actually going to be skipped this time around in the rotation and was going to be available out of the bullpen this weekend for long relief. So from that standpoint, It didn't make that much of a difference. My stuff was good, not great. I did my best to battle and complete. They hit a couple of mistakes I made for home runs, but otherwise they hits the balls in the right spots."

Bush struck out three batters in the first inning, including Nomar Garciaparra, who won the previous two games for the Dodgers with RBI singles in the ninth. But the right-hander also gave a run-scoring single to Kent.

The Brewers tied it in the second on Bush's RBI single off Sele's glove, but the Dodgers regained the lead in the bottom half when Martin drove a 2-0 pitch into the seats in right-center. The Canadian-born catcher, who made his major league debut on Friday, is 4-for-10 with three RBI in three games since Dioner Navarro went on the disabled list with a bruised right wrist.

The Dodgers tacked on three more in the third with Kent's RBI double and Saenz' two-run homer. Andre Ethier, another Dodgers rookie with less than a week's worth of major league experience, made it 6-1 in the sixth with an RBI single. Furcal drove in the final two runs in the ninth against knuckleballer Jared Fernandez with his first homer as a Dodger.

Notes

  • Carlos Lee hit his 14th homer for Milwaukee.
  • Sele was 0-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt. He had four hits in 28 previous big league at-bats, all of them during interleague games.
  • Sele reached the 2,000-inning mark for his career when he retired Brady Clark on a fly to right field to end the fourth.
  • Martin is the 222nd Canadian to play in the majors.
  • J.D. Drew, who leads the Dodgers with six homers and 23 RBI, got the day off. Drew has hit 17 home runs against the Brewers, his highest total against any team.
  • The Brewers have lost four of five after a 6-1 stretch. They are 8-25 against the Dodgers since the 2001 season.
 
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The Dodgers' Jeff Kent goes 2-for-4, including this RBI double during the third.  (AP)
The Dodgers' Jeff Kent goes 2-for-4, including this RBI double during the third. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

O. Saenz
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Milwaukee

C. Lee
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B4000002 .277
J.J. Hardy, SS3010100 .263
Bill Hall, CF4000012 .306
Carlos Lee, LF4111001 .288
Prince Fielder, 1B2000000 .333
    Jeff Cirillo, 1B2020000 .333
Corey Koskie, 3B3110101 .291
Brady Clark, RF4020002 .216
Chad Moeller, C4000013 .182
Dave Bush, P2011010 .250
   a- Gabe Gross, PH1000002 .289
    Justin Lehr, P0000000 .000
    Jared Fernandez, P0000000 .000
Totals332822313 
a-flied out for Bush in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jeff Cirillo (1, Sele)
HR - Carlos Lee (14, Broxton)
RBI - Carlos Lee (27), Dave Bush (1)
2-OUT RBI - Dave Bush (1)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Carlos Lee 1
E - Prince Fielder (3, missed catch), Rickie Weeks (10, misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
Dave Bush (L,2-4) 6864172 4.13
Justin Lehr 1422000 7.84
Jared Fernandez 1222001 14.73
Pitches-Strikes - Dave Bush 91-58, Justin Lehr 24-13, Jared Fernandez 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dave Bush 9-3, Justin Lehr 1-1, Jared Fernandez 2-1
Batters Faced - Dave Bush 28, Justin Lehr 6, Jared Fernandez 5
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS5222012 .211
Kenny Lofton, CF3120111 .270
   a- Jason Repko, PH-CF1000000 .304
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B5111013 .296
Jeff Kent, 2B4122000 .200
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
Olmedo Saenz, 3B4122012 .327
    Ramon Martinez, PR-3B0100000 .276
Jose Cruz Jr., RF4111022 .253
Andre Ethier, LF4011001 .200
Russell Martin, C4121011 .400
Aaron Sele, P2000001 .000
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
   b- Oscar Robles, PH-2B1110000 .200
Totals371014101713 
a-lined out for Lofton in the 8th
b-singled for Beimel in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jeff Kent (4, Bush), Olmedo Saenz (6, Lehr), Jose Cruz Jr. (7, Lehr)
HR - Rafael Furcal (1, Fernandez), Olmedo Saenz (4, Bush), Russell Martin (1, Bush)
SH - Aaron Sele (1)
RBI - Rafael Furcal 2 (5), Nomar Garciaparra (14), Jeff Kent 2 (14), Olmedo Saenz 2 (17), Jose Cruz Jr. (6), Andre Ethier (2), Russell Martin (3)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Cruz Jr. (1)
SB - Kenny Lofton (7, 2nd base off Lehr/Moeller), Jose Cruz Jr. (4, 2nd base off Bush/Moeller), Andre Ethier (1, 2nd base off Bush/Moeller)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Furcal-Kent-Garciaparra, Martinez-Robles-Garciaparra
Los Angeles Dodgers
Aaron Sele (W,1-0) 6.2511120 1.35
Joe Beimel 1.1000100 0.00
Jonathan Broxton 1311011 2.70
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Sele 94-56, Joe Beimel 19-11, Jonathan Broxton 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Sele 8-10, Joe Beimel 1-2, Jonathan Broxton 1-0
Batters Faced - Aaron Sele 26, Joe Beimel 4, Jonathan Broxton 5
Game Information
Attendance - 53532
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Ramon Armendariz, First Base - Ed Montague, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Mark Wegner