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Lowe yields just three hits over eight innings to get Dodgers back on track

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

MILWAUKEE -- For Dodgers manager Grady Little, the only thing to discuss was Derek Lowe.

Lowe allowed three hits and an unearned run in eight innings to help the Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 Wednesday night and stop a three-game losing streak.

"Anything you said about this game outside of talking about Derek Lowe's performance would be secondary," Little said.

Matt Kemp scored the tying run and drove in the go-ahead run for Los Angeles, which avoided getting swept in the three-game series. The Dodgers, who trailed in the NL West by 7½ games on July 26, remained one game ahead of second-place San Diego.

began the night one game ahead of second-place San Diego.

The Dodgers had gone 16 scoreless innings over three games before Kemp scored on Rafael Furcal's sacrifice fly in the fifth.

"It was a win we needed to have," said Lowe, who got 20 groundball outs. "We scraped across two, and that was enough."

Lowe (14-8) won his fifth consecutive decision, giving up a double to Geoff Jenkins in the second, a single to Corey Hart in the third and an infield hit to Kevin Mench in the eighth. Lowe was 4-1 with a 1.69 ERA in August and has allowed only six earned runs in his last six outings.

Now the Dodgers head to the Mets for a four-game series.

"Hopefully, this is the momentum we need to go into New York, where we all know where they stand in the division," Lowe said. "They're probably going to win it any day."

Lowe said that the Dodgers watched a lot of video of the previous two losses to Milwaukee.

"Being a sinkerball guy, you normally don't get that many right-handers in the lineup," Lowe said. "So, I think that definitely helped, having them only with two left-handers. Right-on-right is normally more effective."

Brewers manager Ned Yost said Lowe's sinker is what makes him so effective.

"The bottom falls out of it," Yost said. "It just disappears. You just pound it into the ground."

Takashi Saito followed and worked the ninth for his 18th save in 20 chances.

Los Angeles, which lost a series to the Brewers for the first time, is 41-20 against Milwaukee.

Chris Capuano (11-10) dropped to 1-6 in his last 11 starts, allowing two runs and five hits in eight innings.

"Cappy just matched up with the wrong guy," Yost said.

Milwaukee went ahead in the second when Prince Fielder was hit by a pitch, Bill Hall reached on a forceout and left fielder Andre Ethier misplayed Jenkins' double down the line for an error that allowed Hall to come around.

Kemp tripled in the fifth and came home on Furcal's sacrifice fly, then hit an RBI single in the seventh after Russell Martin's leadoff double.


  • The Brewers have used 20 different starting lineups in their last 21 games, including the last 12 games.
  • Lowe won his previous start at Miller Park, on June 8, 2003, when he allowed one run in six innings in Boston's 9-1 victory.
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Derek Lowe yields one unearned run on three hits and one walk over eight innings.  (AP)
Derek Lowe yields one unearned run on three hits and one walk over eight innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

D. Lowe
IP 8.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 1
K 1
Los Angeles

M. Kemp
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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Los Angeles Dodgers
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Julio Lugo, 3B4000002 .286
Olmedo Saenz, 1B2000101 .288
    James Loney, 1B1000000 .278
Jeff Kent, 2B4010010 .274
Andre Ethier, LF3000112 .330
Russell Martin, C4110001 .289
Matt Kemp, CF4121000 .276
Jason Repko, RF2000101 .256
Derek Lowe, P1000011 .105
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
2B - Rafael Furcal (28, Capuano), Russell Martin (22, Capuano)
3B - Matt Kemp (1, Capuano)
SF - Rafael Furcal (3)
SH - Derek Lowe 2 (8)
RBI - Rafael Furcal (53), Matt Kemp (22)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Lowe-Furcal-Saenz
E - Andre Ethier (6, ), Rafael Furcal (23, )
Los Angeles Dodgers
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Takashi Saito (S,18) 1000020 2.01
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Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 28, Takashi Saito 3
Milwaukee Brewers
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Jeff Cirillo, 3B4000011 .333
Tony Graffanino, 2B4000011 .278
Prince Fielder, 1B2000100 .276
Bill Hall, SS3100002 .263
Geoff Jenkins, RF3010001 .255
Kevin Mench, LF3010000 .268
Mike Rivera, C2000000 .273
Chris Capuano, P2000000 .117
   a- Brady Clark, PH1000001 .271
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
a-grounded out for Capuano in the 8th
2B - Geoff Jenkins (25, Lowe)
SH - Mike Rivera (1)
Team LOB - 3
DP - Graffanino-Hall-Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers
Chris Capuano (L,11-10) 8522230 3.49
Francisco Cordero 1000100 3.72
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 105-68, Francisco Cordero 9-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 10-11, Francisco Cordero 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 31, Francisco Cordero 3
Game Information
Attendance - 25106
Game Time - 2:04
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Bruce Froemming, Third Base - Jim Wolf