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|L.A. Dodgers (63-60)||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||3||8||1|
LOS ANGELES -- J.J. Hardy had quite a roller-coaster ride over the final three innings.
The Milwaukee shortstop hit a two-run homer in the eighth to put the Brewers up, made a fielding error in the ninth that led to the Dodgers' tying run, then came back in the 10th to single home the final run of a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night.
"It was nice to hit the home run and help the team out there because I've been struggling at the plate lately. Then that error just was ... I don't know. I just tried to be a little bit too quick and turn the double play, when I just needed to make sure of one there," Hardy said.
Hardy wasn't really trying to redeem himself after making the error.
"It's definitely something you want to do, but it's not something you should think about when you're up there because then you'll try to do too much," he said. "And that's not a good thing.
"When I make an error, I'm just kind of in this twilight zone where I don't know what I'm thinking. But it was good to get that opportunity."
Brewers manager Ned Yost said Hardy took his eye off the ball on the error, "But he made up for it the next inning with the big base hit to win the game."
The loss ended the Dodgers' five-game winning streak.
"We just have to move on," Los Angeles manager Joe Torre said. "It was a tough game. They came back, we came back. We continue to fight. Hopefully we'll continue the rest of the year."
Los Angeles came within a couple of feet of winning the game in the 10th, with Andre Ethier's drive to the wall in center winding up as merely a very long single. Matt Kemp, who was on first with one out, stayed on the bag to tag up as Mike Cameron leaped for the ball in center, but couldn't quite reach it. So Kemp was able to advance only to second and Ethier had to stop at first.
"When you strike out Manny to end the game, you certainly earn the victory," Torre said.
Kemp said he made a mistake by not coming off first base on Ethier's long fly.
"I should have been at third base. He (Cameron) had a good jump on the ball and when I saw him go back on it, I thought he was going to catch it. He camped under it, but I made a mistake and it cost us the game," Kemp said.
The Brewers moved back within 4½ games of the NL Central Division-leading Chicago Cubs and remained two games ahead of St. Louis in the wild-card race. The Dodgers dropped out of a tie for first in the West with Arizona, which beat Houston 11-5.
With Milwaukee up 3-2 after Hardy's homer, Brian Shouse came on in the ninth to face left-hand hitting Ethier. He walked him and was replaced by Torres. Kent hit a grounder toward the middle that went under Hardy's glove at short, allowing Kent to go to third.
Ramirez followed with the fly to right for his 18th RBI in 15 games for Los Angeles.
Former Los Angeles closer Eric Gagne, on the mound in Dodger Stadium for the first time since he left for Texas as a free agent after the 2006 season, was booed roundly when he came in for the Brewers in the eighth. He set the Dodgers down in order in his only inning.
Milwaukee's Ryan Braun, out the past six games with a sore lower back, pinch-hit for starter Dave Bush leading off the eighth and doubled down the right-field line. He moved to third on Durham's fly to right, then Hardy drove a 1-2 pitch from Hong-Chih Kuo over the wall in left for his 18th homer.
Kuo started the eighth in relief of Derek Lowe, who had held the Brewers to one run and eight hits in his seven innings. Bush gave up two runs in the first on Ethier's home run in the first inning, then shut out Los Angeles for the next six innings.
The Brewers' defense kept them in the game. Cameron made a sliding catch of a low liner to center by James Loney in the seventh inning, then a diving grab of pinch-hitter Juan Pierre's liner to left-center in the eighth. Later that inning, Gabe Kapler leaped high above the short fence near the left-field pole to rob Russell Martin of a home run. Kapler tumbled into the seats, but held his glove high to show he still had the ball.
|Manny Ramirez ties the game in the ninth with a sac fly, but it doesn't matter in the end. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Ray Durham, 2B||4||1||0||0||1||1||2||.276|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||5||1||3||3||0||1||0||.276|
|Gabe Kapler, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.305|
|Eric Gagne, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brian Shouse, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Salomon Torres, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|David Riske, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.277|
|Corey Hart, RF||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.284|
|Craig Counsell, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||1||0||.231|
|Mike Cameron, CF||4||0||2||1||0||1||1||.242|
|Jason Kendall, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.242|
|Dave Bush, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.087|
|a- Ryan Braun, PH-LF||2||1||1||0||0||1||0||.300|
|a-doubled for Bush in the 8th|
|2B - Mike Cameron (20, Lowe), Ryan Braun (32, Kuo)|
|HR - J.J. Hardy (18, Kuo)|
|RBI - J.J. Hardy 3 (54), Mike Cameron (52)|
|2-OUT RBI - J.J. Hardy (21)|
|SB - Ray Durham (7, 2nd base off Broxton/Martin)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Durham-Hardy-Fielder|
|E - J.J. Hardy (11, Misplayed grounder)|
|Eric Gagne (H,3)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||6.68|
|Salomon Torres (BS,5; W,6-3)||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||2.60|
|David Riske (S,2)||1||2||0||0||0||2||0||4.06|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dave Bush 71-47, Eric Gagne 12-8, Brian Shouse 5-1, Salomon Torres 13-7, David Riske 19-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dave Bush 8-8, Salomon Torres 1-3|
|Batters Faced - Dave Bush 25, Eric Gagne 3, Brian Shouse 1, Salomon Torres 6, David Riske 5|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Matt Kemp, CF||5||1||2||0||0||0||0||.299|
|Andre Ethier, RF||4||2||2||2||1||1||0||.278|
|Jeff Kent, 2B||5||0||1||0||0||0||2||.276|
|Manny Ramirez, LF||3||0||1||1||1||1||3||.314|
|James Loney, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.293|
|Russell Martin, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.288|
|Nomar Garciaparra, SS||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.260|
|Hong-Chih Kuo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.273|
|Chan Ho Park, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.111|
|a- Mark Sweeney, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.125|
|Jonathan Broxton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Casey Blake, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.289|
|Derek Lowe, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.163|
|Angel Berroa, SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.202|
|b- Juan Pierre, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.278|
|Pablo Ozuna, SS||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.263|
|a-walked for Park in the 9th|
|b-flied out for Berroa in the 8th|
|2B - Matt Kemp (30, Bush)|
|HR - Andre Ethier (13, Bush)|
|SF - Manny Ramirez (1)|
|RBI - Andre Ethier 2 (51), Manny Ramirez (86)|
|CS - James Loney (4, 2nd base by Bush/Kendall)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Outfield Assists - Andre Ethier 1, Matt Kemp 1|
|DP - Garciaparra-Kent-Loney, Kent-Garciaparra-Loney|
|E - Manny Ramirez (2, Throwing)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Hong-Chih Kuo (BS,2)||1||2||2||2||0||1||1||1.88|
|Chan Ho Park||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||2.59|
|Jonathan Broxton (L,3-4)||1||1||1||1||1||1||0||3.59|
|Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 94-62, Hong-Chih Kuo 26-17, Chan Ho Park 10-7, Jonathan Broxton 16-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 11-4|
|Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 26, Hong-Chih Kuo 5, Chan Ho Park 3, Jonathan Broxton 4|
|Attendance - 52889|
|Game Time - 2:56|
|Temperature - 74|
|Umpires - Home - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Brian Gorman|