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Wolf ties for NL lead in victories, Dodgers hold off Brewers

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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LOS ANGELES -- Randy Wolf was only too happy to get another shot at the Milwaukee Brewers -- and Kevin Mench.

Wolf allowed three hits in seven innings, Russell Martin hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the fourth, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Brewers 3-2 on Tuesday night to snap a season-high four-game losing streak.

Making his debut with the Dodgers at Milwaukee in the second game of the season, Wolf gave up a homer to Mench in the sixth inning that gave the Brewers a 4-3 victory.

"He hit a first-pitch slider for a two-run homer -- that was the difference in the game," Wolf recalled. "I've thought about that pitch for a long time."

Mench was hitless in three at-bats in this game, grounding to third, second and short.

Wolf struggled at the start, as he often does, throwing 27 pitches in the first inning. He threw 72 in his last six innings.

"He did what he does well -- move the ball around, change speeds," said Martin, the Dodgers' catcher. "It seems like he needs the first inning or two to settle in. He changes speeds really well. And he throws strikes."

Wolf (6-3), making his 200th career start, walked three and struck out four before being relieved by Jonathan Broxton to start the eighth. Wolf is tied for the NL lead in victories, and is third in the league with 66 strikeouts.

Broxton worked a perfect eighth with two strikeouts, and Takashi Saito pitched the ninth for his 14th save. He has converted 24 consecutive save opportunities dating to last season.

Jeff Kent doubled to start the fourth, and Martin followed by hitting an 0-1 pitch from Ben Sheets (4-3) over the left-center field fence for his third homer to snap a 1-1 tie. The Dodgers didn't have another baserunner after that, but it didn't matter.

"It was just a fastball up in the zone, he gave it to me in a spot I could handle," Martin said.

Martin, in his second big league season, has made quite an impression on Wolf.

"He's awesome. He amazes me every day," Wolf said. "For a young player who's already established himself as one of the best catchers out there, he's not complacent. He wants to get better."

The Dodgers, who also lost four in a row last month, scored an unearned run off Sheets in the second when Martin walked, stole second and scored on a single by Luis Gonzalez, who received a second chance when catcher Johnny Estrada dropped his foul popup.

Rickie Weeks walked with one out in the third, and J.J. Hardy and Prince Fielder followed with singles to tie it.

Wolf had retired nine in a row before walking Bill Hall with two outs in the sixth, and Estrada followed with an RBI double to drive in the final run of the game.

Sheets gave up four hits and three runs, two earned, in 6 1/3 innings, leaving because of a blister on his right middle finger. He walked one, struck out five and retired the last 10 batters he faced.

Sheets said he didn't feel the blister before warming up to start the seventh.

"I haven't had any problems like that as a professional," he said, adding he didn't know if the blister might cause him to miss his next start.

"Benny pitched great -- kind of got a pitch up and in to Russell Martin," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "That two-run homer was the difference."

Sheets had his three-game winning streak snapped. He has allowed more than two earned runs just once in his last seven starts.

Chris Spurling relieved Sheets and retired all five batters he faced.

The Brewers have lost eight of their last 12, but have a 6½ -game lead over Houston and the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.

Notes

  • 3B Tony Abreu went hitless in three at-bats in his big-league debut, and committed a throwing error on the game's first play, allowing Weeks to get aboard. The Dodgers purchased his contract from Las Vegas and optioned LHP Hong-Chih Kuo to the Triple-A team.
  • The Brewers have used only 26 players so far this year -- fewest in the majors. They used 49 last season to tie a team record.
  • Dodgers OF Juan Pierre beat out a bunt to open the bottom of the first, but was called out for running out of the baseline.
  • The Brewers dropped two popups for errors in the first two innings -- by 1B Fielder in the first and Estrada in the second.
  • Dodgers SS Rafael Furcal singled in the third to extend his hitting streak to 10 games -- longest by a Los Angeles player this season.
  • The attendance was 33,552 -- raising the season total at Dodger Stadium to 1,022,941 in 24 dates. The Dodgers lead the NL in average attendance, having drawn 44,476 fans per game.
 
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Randy Wolf yields just two runs on three hits and three walks over seven innings, while striking out four.  (AP)
Randy Wolf yields just two runs on three hits and three walks over seven innings, while striking out four. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

R. Wolf
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 2
BB 3
K 4
Los Angeles

R. Martin
AB 2
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B3100100 .247
J.J. Hardy, SS4010011 .311
Prince Fielder, 1B3011110 .294
Bill Hall, CF3100102 .263
Johnny Estrada, C4011012 .285
Kevin Mench, LF3000001 .259
   a- Gabe Gross, PH1010000 .222
Corey Hart, RF2000010 .256
   b- Geoff Jenkins, PH1000011 .300
Tony Graffanino, 3B3000001 .192
Ben Sheets, P3000020 .087
    Chris Spurling, P0000000 .000
Totals3024237  
a-singled for Mench in the 9th
b-struck out for Hart in the 9th
Batting
2B - Johnny Estrada (11, Wolf)
RBI - Prince Fielder (36), Johnny Estrada (17)
2-OUT RBI - Johnny Estrada (8)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Johnny Estrada (4, Dropped fly), Prince Fielder (7, Dropped fly)
Milwaukee Brewers
Ben Sheets (L,4-3) 6.1432151 3.75
Chris Spurling 1.2000000 1.98
Pitches-Strikes - Ben Sheets 85-0, Chris Spurling 13-0
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ben Sheets 7-7, Chris Spurling 4-1
Batters Faced - Ben Sheets 24, Chris Spurling 5
Los Angeles Dodgers
Juan Pierre, CF4000000 .265
Rafael Furcal, SS4010010 .303
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B3000011 .283
Jeff Kent, 2B3110010 .286
Russell Martin, C2212100 .312
Luis Gonzalez, LF3011000 .262
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
Andre Ethier, RF3000011 .270
Tony Abreu, 3B3000001 .000
Randy Wolf, P2000010 .105
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
   a- Wilson Betemit, PH1000000 .188
    Brady Clark, LF0000000 .256
Totals2834315  
a-flied out for Broxton in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jeff Kent (12, Sheets)
HR - Russell Martin (3, Sheets)
RBI - Russell Martin 2 (28), Luis Gonzalez (15)
SB - Rafael Furcal (6, 2nd base off Sheets/Estrada), Russell Martin (8, 2nd base off Sheets/Estrada)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Abreu-Kent-Garciaparra, Furcal-Garciaparra
E - Tony Abreu (1, Throwing)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Randy Wolf (W,6-3) 7322340 3.75
Jonathan Broxton (H,12) 1000020 1.08
Takashi Saito (S,14) 1100010 1.71
HBP - Hart (by Randy Wolf)
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 98-0, Jonathan Broxton 11-0, Takashi Saito 16-0
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 13-3, Jonathan Broxton 1-0, Takashi Saito 2-0
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 27, Jonathan Broxton 3, Takashi Saito 4
Game Information
Attendance - 33552
Game Time - 2:15
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Randy Marsh, Third Base - Bob Davidson