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.
- 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.