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Dodgers rout Gallardo, Brewers; Fielder furious after beaning

CBSSports.com wire reports
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LOS ANGELES -- If Prince Fielder's teammates and several security guards hadn't stopped the furious Milwaukee slugger at the Dodgers' clubhouse door, reliever Guillermo Mota could have faced a whole other kind of discipline for the late shenanigans that marred Los Angeles' landmark win.

Fielder was denied in his postgame attempt to challenge Mota, who hit him with a pitch in the ninth inning of Los Angeles' 17-4 victory over the Brewers on Tuesday night.

Mota drilled Fielder with two outs, apparently in retaliation for a pitch that hit Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez in the seventh inning of Los Angeles' highest-scoring home performance in 30 years. Home plate umpire Marvin Hudson immediately ejected Mota, who slowly left the field while Fielder voiced his anger.

When the game ended, Fielder charged through the underground tunnels at Dodger Stadium to the door of the home clubhouse, shouting obscenities with many fellow Brewers trailing behind. Several security guards and teammates Bill Hall and Casey McGehee prevented Fielder from entering the locker room in search of Mota.

"He ran over there, and they weren't going to let him in, and everybody came back," Milwaukee manager Ken Macha said. "I don't know if you can restrain Prince. I don't think I can. I don't think there's anybody else out there who can."

Fielder had calmed down moments later, but his actions set up a potentially explosive series finale Wednesday night.

"He came inside. It just got away from him," Fielder said. "It happens. That's baseball. He tried to come inside."

When asked about his postgame march to the other side, he deadpanned: "I don't remember that."

Most of the Dodgers didn't know about Fielder's march, since the door he reached is at least 30 feet down a hallway from the clubhouse. The Dodgers had plenty of their own anger after Brewers reliever Chris Smith hit Ramirez when Los Angeles had a nine-run lead in the seventh.

"It's just part of the game," catcher Russell Martin said of Mota's pitch. "Our premier hitter gets hit, and he gets protection. I understand [Fielder] is frustrated, but you don't take care of that after the game.

"We don't want the same situation as last year in the playoffs, when Philly threw at Manny and we didn't retaliate," Martin added, referring to last fall's NL Championship Series against the Phillies. "We don't want to be known as a team that doesn't have each other's backs."

The trouble overshadowed the Dodgers' highest-scoring performance of the season on 18 hits. Los Angeles improved the majors' best record to 66-41.

"It's a part of the game I don't like," Macha said. "We're just trying to get out of the game after getting our butts kicked pretty good. I thought it was pretty obvious. He hits Prince and walks right off the mound. Prince was standing at home plate looking at him, so he was pretty upset after the game."

The Dodgers had little trouble until after the game. Ramirez ended his 10-game RBI drought with a homer and a two-run double, and Matt Kemp had a homer among his four hits while driving in five runs. Kemp had two hits and two RBI during the seven-run sixth inning, while Martin reached base five times and had three RBI.

Los Angeles sent eight men to the plate in a four-run first inning and used 12 batters in the sixth before batting around again in the five-run eighth. Six Dodgers had multihit games, including three apiece for Martin and Andre Ethier.

The Dodgers hadn't scored 17 runs at Dodger Stadium since May 25, 1979, against Cincinnati.

Hiroki Kuroda (4-5) pitched six resilient innings to earn his first win since July 3. He yielded nine hits and three runs, struck out seven and escaped a fifth-inning jam.

Ramirez ended his RBI-less streak at 44 at-bats, matching the longest drought of his career in 1997, with a long homer in the fifth off Yovani Gallardo (10-8), who yielded 10 hits and nine runs. Ramirez hadn't driven in a run since his pinch-hit grand slam July 22.

Ramirez, in a 7-for-44 slump before his 12th homer, had a chance for his 22nd career grand slam in the sixth. He settled for a sharp two-RBI drive down the left field line.

Kemp matched his career highs in hits and RBI during his fourth five-RBI game of the season, missing only a triple to complete the cycle. He hit a two-run homer in the eighth, and Ethier added a two-run double before Mota drove in his first run since 2004 with a long single.

Notes

  • The Dodgers scratched All-Star 2B Orlando Hudson about 90 minutes before game time because of an upset stomach. Hudson had started 101 of Los Angeles' first 106 games. Juan Castro replaced him.
  • Junior Seau served as a Dodgers batboy as a stunt for a television show. Seau hasn't formally said he's retired from his 19-season NFL career, but the 40-year-old certainly seemed ready for new challenges while running around in a slightly too-tight No. 55 Dodgers uniform.
 
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Manny Ramirez, mired in a slump, breaks out for one night at least with a homer and three RBI.  (AP)
Manny Ramirez, mired in a slump, breaks out for one night at least with a homer and three RBI. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

M. Kemp
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 1
RBI 5
Los Angeles

A. Ethier
AB 6
R 3
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
Felipe Lopez, 2B5110042 .298
Craig Counsell, 3B5000013 .292
Ryan Braun, LF4121000 .318
    Hernan Iribarren, LF1000000 .000
Prince Fielder, 1B4021020 .305
Mike Cameron, CF4020010 .255
    R.J. Swindle, P0000000 .000
   a- Mike Rivera, PH1000001 .203
Frank Catalanotto, RF1001100 .266
    Bill Hall, RF1000000 .197
J.J. Hardy, SS4000017 .227
Jason Kendall, C4120005 .231
Yovani Gallardo, P2110010 .195
    Mitch Stetter, P0000000 .000
    Mark DiFelice, P0000000 .000
    Chris Smith, P0000000 .000
   b- Jody Gerut, PH-CF1011000 .204
Totals374114110  
a-flied out for Swindle in the 9th
b-singled for Smith in the 8th
Batting
2B - Yovani Gallardo (1, Kuroda)
SH - Yovani Gallardo (5)
RBI - Ryan Braun (74), Prince Fielder (94), Frank Catalanotto (8), Jody Gerut (18)
2-OUT RBI - Jody Gerut (5)
SB - Mike Cameron (5, 2nd base off Kuroda/Martin)
Team LOB - 10
Milwaukee Brewers
Yovani Gallardo (L,10-8) 5.11099271 3.59
Mitch Stetter0111000 3.28
Mark DiFelice 0.1322110 2.41
Chris Smith 1.1000100 3.73
R.J. Swindle 1455121 16.20
HBP - Ramirez (by Chris Smith), Pierre (by R.J. Swindle)
Pitches-Strikes - Yovani Gallardo 97-63, Mitch Stetter 3-2, Mark DiFelice 19-12, Chris Smith 18-9, R.J. Swindle 39-27
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yovani Gallardo 6-3, Chris Smith 1-3
Batters Faced - Yovani Gallardo 28, Mitch Stetter 1, Mark DiFelice 5, Chris Smith 6, R.J. Swindle 9
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS6220023 .267
Andre Ethier, RF6332011 .275
Manny Ramirez, LF4223001 .310
    Guillermo Mota, P1011000 .500
    Ramon Troncoso, P0000000 .000
Casey Blake, 3B5222103 .287
James Loney, 1B4100135 .290
Matt Kemp, CF5345010 .323
Russell Martin, C3232200 .269
Juan Castro, 2B4000025 .317
Hiroki Kuroda, P2000011 .125
   a- Mark Loretta, PH1112000 .236
    Hong-Chih Kuo, P0000000 .000
   b- Juan Pierre, PH-LF0100100 .313
Totals41171817510  
a-singled for Kuroda in the 6th
b-walked for Kuo in the 7th
Batting
2B - Andre Ethier (25, Swindle), Manny Ramirez (16, DiFelice), Casey Blake 2 (23, Gallardo, Gallardo), Matt Kemp (16, Gallardo), Russell Martin (13, Gallardo)
HR - Manny Ramirez (12, Gallardo), Matt Kemp (15, Swindle)
SH - Juan Castro (2)
RBI - Andre Ethier 2 (69), Manny Ramirez 3 (40), Guillermo Mota (1), Casey Blake 2 (61), Matt Kemp 5 (69), Russell Martin 2 (33), Mark Loretta 2 (20)
2-OUT RBI - Andre Ethier 2 (28), Manny Ramirez (12), Guillermo Mota (1), Matt Kemp 3 (33), Russell Martin 2 (18)
Team LOB - 8
Los Angeles Dodgers
Hiroki Kuroda (W,4-5) 6933170 4.44
Hong-Chih Kuo 1000020 3.60
Guillermo Mota 1.2211010 3.06
Ramon Troncoso 0.1000000 1.98
HBP - Catalanotto (by Hiroki Kuroda), Fielder (by Guillermo Mota)
Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 99-67, Hong-Chih Kuo 14-9, Guillermo Mota 38-21, Ramon Troncoso 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 8-3, Guillermo Mota 1-3
Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 29, Hong-Chih Kuo 3, Guillermo Mota 8, Ramon Troncoso 1
Game Information
Attendance - 45535
Game Time - 3:28
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Randy Marsh, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Marvin Hudson