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MILWAUKEE -- Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly has been sharply critical of his slumping team.
For at least one day, everything was all right with the embattled Dodgers.
Even after the victory, the Dodgers are last in the NL West at 19-26.
Rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu (5-2), given a 7-0 lead, allowed two runs and six hits in a season-high 7 1/3 innings. Ryu has allowed two earned runs or fewer in seven of his 10 appearances.
"The team gave me that lead, so I was really comfortable," Ryu said through an interpreter.
Before the game, Mattingly expressed his unhappiness with the team and benched All-Star right fielder Andre Ethier.
Mattingly, in the third and final year of his contract, discussed his club's lack of mental toughness and said he wanted a balanced team that has grit and fight.
He benched Ethier for the third time in six games and said he was "putting out my lineup that I feel is going to be the most competitive and going to compete the hardest."
Ethier was not informed of what his manager said until after the game by a member of the team's media relations staff, and said he took no offense to the comment.
"I'm struggling just like everyone else here to get a grip and get a handle on what's going on here, and never losing hope of what our main goal is," Ethier said. "Which is to figure this out and turn things around. And figure out a way to get back on top of this division."
Ethier said there's still time for the Dodgers to get going.
"Why not?" Ethier said. "We're not out of this by far. We're right there -- I don't mean right there -- but we're close.
"A good run the next month or two could put us right back where we want to be by the All-Star break. We have confidence in everyone in this room and everyone on this staff. Other than the pressure put on this team to perform right away and do what's it's done is the reason why these issues are coming up."
Every position player for Los Angeles except Adrian Gonzalez had at least one hit.
Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta (3-5) gave up six runs -- four earned -- and seven hits in 1 2/3 innings.
"I'm leaving too many pitches up, right down the middle, up in the zone," said Peralta after losing his third straight start. "Things are not happening my way."
Matt Kemp hit a run-scoring single in the first, and Los Angeles sent 11 batters to the plate in a five-run second.
"[Peralta] left some balls up, but some were not hit that well and snuck between out infielders," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "His command left him a little bit."
Hernandez, making only his sixth start of the season, homered off Alfredo Figaro leading off the third for his first home run since Sept. 2 for Colorado.
Ryan Braun hit a home run in the sixth for the Brewers, his first since May 10 and ninth overall.
|Carl Crawford has a big day, driving in two runs as Don Mattingly's Dodgers manage to win the series. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Carl Crawford, LF||4||2||2||2||1||0||0||.302|
|Mark Ellis, 2B||5||1||1||0||0||1||3||.322|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||5||0||0||1||0||1||1||.309|
|Matt Kemp, CF||4||1||2||1||1||2||3||.270|
|Scott Van Slyke, RF||4||1||2||2||1||0||2||.300|
|Nick Punto, SS||4||1||2||1||1||0||1||.330|
|Juan Uribe, 3B||5||1||1||0||0||0||3||.229|
|Ramon Hernandez, C||3||2||2||1||2||0||0||.120|
|Hyun-Jin Ryu, P||4||0||0||0||0||3||5||.238|
|Ronald Belisario, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brandon League, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|2B - Scott Van Slyke 2 (2, Figaro, Kintzler)|
|HR - Ramon Hernandez (1, Figaro)|
|RBI - Carl Crawford 2 (13), Adrian Gonzalez (30), Matt Kemp (17), Scott Van Slyke 2 (6), Nick Punto (10), Ramon Hernandez (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Matt Kemp (7), Scott Van Slyke (2), Nick Punto (4)|
|SB - Carl Crawford (9, 2nd base off Peralta/Lucroy), Matt Kemp (7, 2nd base off Kintzler/Lucroy)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Outfield Assists - Matt Kemp 1|
|DP - Punto-Ellis-Gonzalez, Gonzalez-Punto|
|E - Nick Punto (3, Misplayed grounder)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Hyun-Jin Ryu (W,5-2)||7.1||6||2||2||2||4||1||3.30|
|Pitches-Strikes - Hyun-Jin Ryu 108-70, Ronald Belisario 19-13, Brandon League 10-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hyun-Jin Ryu 11-5, Ronald Belisario 1-0, Brandon League 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Hyun-Jin Ryu 28, Ronald Belisario 4, Brandon League 4|
|Norichika Aoki, RF||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.329|
|Jean Segura, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.351|
|Ryan Braun, LF||3||1||1||1||1||0||2||.323|
|Jonathan Lucroy, C||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.226|
|Carlos Gomez, CF||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.325|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, 1B||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.232|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.169|
|Jeff Bianchi, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.318|
|Wily Peralta, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.176|
|Alfredo Figaro, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.500|
|a- Alex Gonzalez, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.184|
|Burke Badenhop, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Francisco Rodriguez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Martin Maldonado, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.184|
|Brandon Kintzler, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Logan Schafer, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.178|
|a-singled for Figaro in the 5th|
|b-flied out for Rodriguez in the 8th|
|c-grounded out for Kintzler in the 9th|
|HR - Ryan Braun (9, Ryu)|
|RBI - Ryan Braun (30), Jonathan Lucroy (19)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jonathan Lucroy (5)|
|SB - Jonathan Lucroy (2, 2nd base off Belisario/Hernandez)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Bianchi-Weeks-Betancourt, Weeks-Segura-Betancourt|
|E - Jean Segura (6, Misplayed grounder)|
|Wily Peralta (L,3-5)||1.2||7||6||4||2||2||0||6.45|
|Pitches-Strikes - Wily Peralta 55-32, Alfredo Figaro 60-36, Burke Badenhop 22-14, Francisco Rodriguez 12-8, Brandon Kintzler 18-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wily Peralta 3-1, Alfredo Figaro 3-3, Burke Badenhop 2-3, Francisco Rodriguez 1-1, Brandon Kintzler 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Wily Peralta 15, Alfredo Figaro 14, Burke Badenhop 7, Francisco Rodriguez 3, Brandon Kintzler 5|
|Attendance - 36963|
|Game Time - 3:05|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Manny Gonzalez, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Dan Bellino, Third Base - Wally Bell|