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MILWAUKEE -- With three straight wins in Milwaukee, the Los Angeles Dodgers pulled themselves back into the NL wild-card race.
"We've been saying all along, first let's try to put something together and then we'll see where we are," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "Coming into this series, especially against a ballclub that can hit the way these guys can, to play as well as we have -- if this doesn't give us confidence, I don't know what the heck is going to do it."
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The Dodgers came into Milwaukee with a 3-14 mark on the road in the second half but took a big step with their first three-game sweep at Miller Park since May 23-25, 2003. Los Angeles is five games behind the San Francisco Giants, who lead the wild-card standings.
"We haven't done this in a while," Torre said. "We certainly need more than this, but you can't go win five in a row unless you win three in a row. I thought we played these three games very well."
An error by catcher Jonathan Lucroy on center fielder Chris Dickerson's throw to the plate allowed Podsednik and Theriot to advance. Podsednik scored on Reed Johnson's single, and Theriot came home on Coffey's wild pitch.
Torre said the Dodgers knew Gallardo was going to be a tough opponent.
"You certainly know you're going to have your work cut out for you, at their ballpark with their No. 1 and all that stuff," he said. "We were able to fight through it."
Gallardo hasn't pitched like an ace recently. He has allowed 20 runs and 29 hits in his last four starts.
Blake's 13th homer, a two-run shot off Gallardo in the sixth, pushed the lead to 4-1. Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier was ejected during the inning for arguing balls and strikes with plate umpire Adrian Anderson.
"I thought it was a bad call," Ethier said. "The pitches were repeated to the next batter. Same exact pitch, I thought even a better pitch, and he called a ball that time. I was asking him from the dugout, 'You sure about that?' He didn't like it too much and neither did I.
"One of us has the power to kick the other one out. So, I think that's what happened. Probably wasn't the best judgment at the time."
Los Angeles starter Carlos Monasterios, who allowed one run and two hits in 4 1/3 innings, tired in the fifth before the bullpen came on to protect a 2-1 lead.
"You're not going to win many games with two hits," Brewers manager Ken Macha said after his team lost its fourth straight.
With one out, Monasterios walked Gallardo, hit Rickie Weeks with a pitch for the second time in the game and then plunked the next batter, Corey Hart, to load the bases. That ended the rookie right-hander's 10th start of the season. Ronald Belisario (2-1) relieved and got Ryan Braun to strike out swinging.
"That's why they are a good team," Fielder said. "Good move, bring in tough guys out of the bullpen to shut it down a little bit. That's what they get paid to do. Sometimes, they make mistakes. Sometimes, they don't."
After Fielder's 26th home run, a solo shot in the fourth, tied the game, Podsednik lined a shot off the glove of a diving Weeks at second base in the fifth. The ball trickled into short right field, allowing Brad Ausmus to score.
Ausmus also had three hits.
Podsednik singled, went to third on Theriot's double and scored on Matt Kemp's groundout in the first.
|Casey Blake and the Dodgers cruise past Milwaukee in their first 3-game sweep at Miller Park since 2003. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Scott Podsednik, LF||5||2||3||1||0||0||1||.307|
|Ryan Theriot, 2B||5||1||2||1||0||1||1||.286|
|Andre Ethier, RF||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.296|
|Reed Johnson, RF||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||.308|
|Matt Kemp, CF||4||0||1||1||1||2||1||.253|
|James Loney, 1B||3||1||0||0||2||2||2||.277|
|Casey Blake, 3B||4||1||1||2||0||1||3||.251|
|Jamey Carroll, SS||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.284|
|Brad Ausmus, C||4||1||3||0||0||1||0||.240|
|Carlos Monasterios, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.091|
|Ronald Belisario, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|George Sherrill, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Kenley Jansen, P||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|a- Jay Gibbons, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.364|
|Octavio Dotel, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jeff Weaver, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|a-flied out for Jansen in the 8th|
|2B - Ryan Theriot (15, Gallardo)|
|HR - Casey Blake (13, Gallardo)|
|SH - Carlos Monasterios (4)|
|RBI - Scott Podsednik (50), Ryan Theriot (27), Reed Johnson (12), Matt Kemp (73), Casey Blake 2 (52)|
|2-OUT RBI - Scott Podsednik (19), Casey Blake 2 (28)|
|SB - Matt Kemp (18, 2nd base off Gallardo/Lucroy)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|E - Casey Blake (15, Misplayed grounder)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Ronald Belisario (W,2-1)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||5.18|
|Kenley Jansen (H,3)||2||0||0||0||1||4||0||0.77|
|HBP - Weeks (by Carlos Monasterios), Weeks (by Carlos Monasterios), Hart (by Carlos Monasterios)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Monasterios 82-47, Ronald Belisario 4-3, George Sherrill 4-3, Kenley Jansen 32-18, Octavio Dotel 12-9, Jeff Weaver 7-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Monasterios 8-3, George Sherrill 1-0, Jeff Weaver 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Carlos Monasterios 20, Ronald Belisario 1, George Sherrill 1, Kenley Jansen 7, Octavio Dotel 3, Jeff Weaver 3|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.274|
|Corey Hart, RF||3||0||0||0||0||2||3||.285|
|Ryan Braun, LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.293|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||4||1||1||1||0||2||4||.270|
|Casey McGehee, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.287|
|Lorenzo Cain, CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.298|
|Todd Coffey, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Manny Parra, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.188|
|a- Craig Counsell, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.241|
|Alcides Escobar, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.248|
|Jonathan Lucroy, C||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.266|
|Yovani Gallardo, P||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.240|
|Chris Dickerson, CF||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.232|
|a-fouled out for Parra in the 9th|
|HR - Prince Fielder (26, Monasterios)|
|SH - Yovani Gallardo (2)|
|RBI - Prince Fielder (65)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Fielder-Gallardo-Lucroy|
|E - Jonathan Lucroy (5, Missed catch of throw)|
|Yovani Gallardo (L,11-6)||6.1||8||6||6||2||10||1||3.50|
|IBB - Loney by Todd Coffey|
|WP - Todd Coffey (5)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Yovani Gallardo 115-70, Todd Coffey 36-20, Manny Parra 19-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yovani Gallardo 6-2, Todd Coffey 2-2, Manny Parra 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Yovani Gallardo 28, Todd Coffey 9, Manny Parra 4|
|Attendance - 32333|
|Game Time - 3:08|
|Temperature - 74|
|Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Andy Fletcher|