Los Angeles at Milwaukee

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Dodgers 3, Brewers 1

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MILWAUKEE -- Two bad pitches by Yovani Gallardo were the difference between the Milwaukee Brewers right-hander and Los Angeles Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw.

Kershaw scattered three singles in his second complete game of the year, lifting the Dodgers to a 3-1 victory over the reeling Brewers on Monday night.

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"He commands all his pitches," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said of Kershaw after his team lost for the 15th time in 18 games. "And they're all plus pitches."

Matt Kemp hit his first home run since April 24 and Andre Ethier homered and tripled.

"Those were bad pitches," Gallardo said of the homers. "They put a good swing on them and hit them out of the park."

Ryan Braun managed a pair of singles and Yuniesky Betancourt also singled for the only hits off Kershaw (5-2). Aramis Ramirez' deep fly went just foul to left field in the ninth.

"Ramirez missed a homer by about six inches it felt like," Kershaw said. "I had some big breaks on my side tonight, but we need those. We'll take them any way we can get them."

Kershaw struck out five and walked one as the Brewers swung early and often, hoping not to fall behind in the count against the big lefty.

"They were hacking," Kershaw said of the Brewers plan to swing early in the count. "They were putting a lot of balls in play."

The downside of swinging early was that Kershaw's pitch count was only at 97 after eight innings. He needed only 10 pitches in the ninth to finish the game.

The victory was a respite for Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. He addressed speculation before the game on whether he would be fired this week, insisting he didn't feel as if he was about to be replaced.

Gallardo (3-4) gave up three runs in six innings. The right-hander lost his third consecutive start.

"I thought he threw the ball well," Roenicke said. "He had better life on his fastball today, he commanded it well. His slider was good. He made a couple of mistakes and they got him."

Gallardo, who had struggled to a 5.06 ERA in his first three May starts, said he felt better against the Dodgers.

"I felt pretty good going in today, probably the best I've felt in a while," he said. "I made two mistakes, a backdoor slider to Ethier right down the middle and the same thing to Kemp, thigh-high right down the middle."

Kershaw beat the Brewers for the second time in five starts. He has given up only three earned runs in 39 2-3 innings for an 0.68 ERA in that span.

Kemp, who hit 116 homers the past four seasons, walked to lead off the second and scored easily on Ethier's triple for a 1-0 lead.

The Brewers tied it in the third. Rickie Weeks walked and later scored on a groundout to second by Norichika Aoki.

Ethier's solo homer, his fourth, put the Dodgers ahead in the fourth.

 
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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

C. Kershaw
IP 9.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 1
K 5
Los Angeles

A. Ethier
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Carl Crawford, LF4010011 .298
Mark Ellis, 2B4010011 .321
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4000022 .321
Matt Kemp, CF3211110 .267
Andre Ethier, RF4122010 .262
    Skip Schumaker, RF0000000 .197
A.J. Ellis, C4020011 .287
Juan Uribe, 3B4000032 .231
Dee Gordon, SS4000023 .176
Clayton Kershaw, P3010000 .174
Totals34383112  
Batting
2B - Carl Crawford (8, Gallardo)
3B - Andre Ethier (1, Gallardo)
HR - Matt Kemp (2, Gallardo), Andre Ethier (4, Gallardo)
RBI - Matt Kemp (16), Andre Ethier 2 (15)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Dee Gordon (2, Throwing)
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clayton Kershaw (W,5-2) 9311150 1.35
WP - Clayton Kershaw (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Kershaw 107-75
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Kershaw 13-10
Batters Faced - Clayton Kershaw 32
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF4001000 .325
Jean Segura, SS4000012 .355
Ryan Braun, LF4020000 .322
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4000012 .328
Jonathan Lucroy, C4000001 .208
Carlos Gomez, CF3000011 .329
Rickie Weeks, 2B2100100 .168
Yuniesky Betancourt, 1B3010010 .230
Yovani Gallardo, P1000010 .200
    John Axford, P0000000 .000
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
   a- Alex Gonzalez, PH1000000 .177
    Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
Totals3013115  
a-grounded out for Gonzalez in the 8th
Batting
SH - Yovani Gallardo (1)
RBI - Norichika Aoki (12)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Weeks-Segura-Betancourt
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yovani Gallardo (L,3-4) 6833172 4.50
John Axford 1000000 7.36
Mike Gonzalez 1000030 3.60
Burke Badenhop 1000020 2.60
Pitches-Strikes - Yovani Gallardo 105-57, John Axford 6-4, Mike Gonzalez 14-10, Burke Badenhop 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yovani Gallardo 9-1, John Axford 2-1, Burke Badenhop 1-0
Batters Faced - Yovani Gallardo 26, John Axford 3, Mike Gonzalez 3, Burke Badenhop 3
Game Information
Attendance - 28287
Game Time - 2:24
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Dan Bellino, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Manny Gonzalez, Third Base - Tony Randazzo