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Weeks leads Brewers over Dodgers 9-3


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MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers are ready for a difficult weekend against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Especially after a successful performance in the opener of the series between division leaders.

Rickie Weeks hit a three-run homer and Gerardo Parra had two hits and two RBIs to lead Milwaukee to a 9-3 victory over Los Angeles on Friday night.

''We know the pitching that we are going to face the next couple of nights,'' Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. ''So, it was important to win this game.''

The Dodgers' major league-best road record slipped to 36-24, but they will send Zack Greinke to the mound Saturday night and Clayton Kershaw on Sunday.

Roenicke said that Brewers simply didn't quit, especially after falling behind and not having much success against Roberto Hernandez in his Dodgers debut.

''Not only do we come back and tie it, and then get the lead, and then all of a sudden we get the big homer from Rickie,'' Roenicke said. ''That opens it up.''

NL West-leading Los Angeles scored two runs in the seventh to take a 3-2 lead, but Milwaukee capitalized on two errors by reserve shortstop Justin Turner and scored four runs in the bottom half of the inning.

''Actually, it was a pretty good game there until the seventh,'' Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. ''Then, we just defensively let our pitching down really. Really, it was our defense in general that let it down.''

Martin Maldonado tied it at 3 with a squeeze bunt that scored Weeks. He bunted the ball toward Brandon League (2-3), who tried to flip it with his glove to catcher Drew Butera, but was late.

Pinch-hitter Khris Davis reached on Turner's first error to load the bases. Carlos Gomez then reached on Turner's throwing error that allowed Mark Reynolds to score. Parra followed with a two-run single that gave Milwaukee a 6-3 lead.

''Unfortunate,'' Mattingly said of the fielding miscues. ''Brandon comes in, really gets ground balls is what he's trying to do, what we asked him to do, and we just don't get what we want.''

Adrian Gonzalez homered in the sixth for the Dodgers, and then had a tying RBI single in the seventh. Andre Ethier's RBI single later that inning gave the Dodgers a 3-2 lead.

Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez left the game in the first inning with tightness in his right side and was replaced by Miguel Rojas.

Ramirez said he hurt himself in the batting cage before the game. During his at-bat in the first, Mattingly didn't like how Ramirez reacted and took him out.

''One swing, it just tightened up on me,'' Ramirez said. ''What he (Mattingly) did is smart. He don't want to make it worse.''

Turner pinch-hit in the seventh and then took over at shortstop in the bottom of the inning.

Hernandez was traded by Philadelphia to the Dodgers on Thursday for two players to be named or cash considerations. He allowed two runs and three hits in six innings, throwing just 65 pitches.

Jeremy Jeffress (1-1) picked up the win in relief.

NL Central-leading Milwaukee went ahead 2-0 in the first inning on Aramis Ramirez's run-scoring single and Scooter Gennett's sacrifice fly.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Dodgers: Ramirez walked on a 3-2 pitch from Kyle Lohse, and then didn't come out for the Brewers' half of the inning. He is listed as day to day. ... Right-hander Josh Beckett (6-6, 2.88 ERA) went on the 15-day disabled list for the third time this season. He has a left hip impingement and is expected to be out 10 days to two weeks.

Brewers: Catcher Jonathan Lucroy was held out in a precautionary move. He has a hamstring issue aggravated by running the bases in Thursday's game with San Francisco.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: Greinke (12-7, 2.71 ERA) starts the second game of the weekend series. He faces his former team for the first time this season.

Brewers: Right-hander Mike Fiers (0-1, 2.57 ERA) will be recalled from Triple-A Nashville before Saturday's game and make his first start with the Brewers this season. He's filling in for right-hander Matt Garza (left oblique strain), who is on the 15-day disabled list.

SEE YA LATER

The Dodgers and Brewers play six of their next 10 against each other in successive weekend series. Milwaukee travels to Los Angeles next Friday.

MAKING A MOVE

Milwaukee sent reliever Rob Wooten to Triple-A Nashville to make room for Fiers.

 
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Milwaukee

R. Weeks
AB 1
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
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Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Dee Gordon, 2B5110002.291.339.391
Yasiel Puig, CF4100112.314.399.534
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3132100.264.328.446
Hanley Ramirez, SS0000100.277.367.455
   Miguel Rojas, SS2000012.207.263.261
   a-Andre Ethier, PH1011000.247.310.371
   Jamey Wright, P0000000.000.000.000
   J.P. Howell, P0000000.000.000.000
   Brandon League, P0000000.000.000.000
   Carlos Frias, P0000000.000.000.000
Matt Kemp, RF4010004.283.349.472
Carl Crawford, LF4010011.237.272.338
Juan Uribe, 3B3000000.295.324.423
Drew Butera, C4000003.193.268.293
Roberto Hernandez, P2010000.079.079.079
   b-Justin Turner, PH-SS2010000.314.384.433
Totals3439333    
a-singled for Rojas in the 7th
b-singled for R. Hernandez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Adrian Gonzalez (29, Lohse), Matt Kemp (23, Lohse)
HR - Adrian Gonzalez (16, Lohse)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez 2 (76), Andre Ethier (39)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Yasiel Puig 1
E - Justin Turner 2 (7, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Roberto Hernandez 6322050 3.83
Jamey Wright (H,3) 0.1000000 3.25
J.P. Howell 0011100 1.40
Brandon League (L,2-3; BS,1) 0.2230000 2.42
Carlos Frias 1233101 9.00
Pitches-Strikes - Roberto Hernandez 65-49, Jamey Wright 3-2, J.P. Howell 5-1, Brandon League 18-14, Carlos Frias 22-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roberto Hernandez 5-8, Brandon League 3-1, Carlos Frias 1-2
Batters Faced - Roberto Hernandez 21, Jamey Wright 1, J.P. Howell 1, Brandon League 6, Carlos Frias 6
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Carlos Gomez, CF4000010.291.352.487
Gerardo Parra, LF4122000.257.305.364
Ryan Braun, RF3210100.285.337.500
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4121000.295.336.458
Scooter Gennett, 2B1001000.306.340.477
   a-Rickie Weeks, PH-2B1213100.257.340.398
Lyle Overbay, 1B2000011.226.314.327
   b-Mark Reynolds, PH-1B2110000.208.299.419
Martin Maldonado, C3101010.263.352.388
Elian Herrera, SS4000012.275.292.324
Kyle Lohse, P2000010.140.173.140
   Rob Wooten, P0000000.000.000.000
   Zach Duke, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jeremy Jeffress, P0000000.000.000.000
   c-Khris Davis, PH1100000.252.304.478
   Will Smith, P0000000.000.000.000
   Brandon Kintzler, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3197825    
a-walked for Gennett in the 7th
b-singled for Overbay in the 7th
c-grounded out for Jeffress in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ryan Braun (26, R. Hernandez)
HR - Rickie Weeks (4, Frias)
SF - Scooter Gennett (4)
SH - Martin Maldonado (1)
RBI - Gerardo Parra 2 (33), Aramis Ramirez (55), Scooter Gennett (38), Rickie Weeks 3 (20), Martin Maldonado (13)
2-OUT RBI - Gerardo Parra 2 (16)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Overbay-Lohse, Overbay-Lohse-Herrera-Gennett
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Lohse 6611221 3.33
Rob Wooten 0111000 4.59
Zach Duke (BS,4) 0.1111100 2.01
Jeremy Jeffress (W,1-1) 0.2100000 4.09
Will Smith (H,27) 1000010 3.51
Brandon Kintzler 1000000 3.66
WP - Zach Duke (1)
HBP - Uribe (by Kyle Lohse)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 105-68, Rob Wooten 2-1, Zach Duke 20-12, Jeremy Jeffress 6-5, Will Smith 7-6, Brandon Kintzler 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 7-8, Zach Duke 1-0, Will Smith 1-1, Brandon Kintzler 3-0
Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 26, Rob Wooten 1, Zach Duke 3, Jeremy Jeffress 2, Will Smith 3, Brandon Kintzler 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37434
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - John Tumpane, Third Base - Rob Drake