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Fiers pitches gem, Brewers beat Dodgers 4-1

By GENARO C. ARMAS
AP Sports Writer
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MILWAUKEE (AP) Mike Fiers finished eight brilliant innings with a strikeout, pumping his arms as he walked off the mound to a standing ovation.

The right-hander's first major league start in more than a year for the Milwaukee Brewers couldn't have gone any better than the gem he threw in a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night.

Fiers (1-1) struck out five, while filling in for injured Matt Garza, and Khris Davis and Carlos Gomez homered to give Milwaukee a second straight win in the three-game series between NL divisional leaders.

This outing might mean even more to Fiers, whose 2013 season ended in June in the minors when a line drive broke his right forearm.

''It's unbelievable,'' Fiers said about coming off the mound in the eighth to rousing applause. ''It's what you dream of as a kid, especially those situations - close game, eighth inning trying to get to the best closer in the league.''

Francisco Rodriguez provided some ninth-inning drama after allowing the tying run to come to the plate with two outs, but he got Matt Kemp to ground out for his 35th save. The Dodgers mustered only a solo homer by Adrian Gonzalez, his 17th of the season, into the second deck in right field.

''He had a rough year last year,'' manager Ron Roeneicke said about Fiers. ''It's always nice when a guy goes through quite a bit of adversity but bounces back, gets up here and has a game like that.''

Fiers outdueled former Brewers pitcher Zack Greinke (12-8), who gave up Gomez's homer off the left-field foul pole that made it 3-1 leading off the sixth.

The right-handed Fiers caught the Dodgers chasing 90-mph fastballs high and away early in the game for strikeouts. Besides Gonzalez's homer in the fourth, the only other hits allowed by Fiers were singles by Dee Gordon and Kemp.

In his previous start for Milwaukee, Fiers gave up seven runs in 1 2/3 innings on June 2, 2013, against the Phillies. He broke his arm nearly two weeks later in Triple-A.

Fiers made 22 starts in the majors in 2012, including a victory over the Dodgers in Los Angeles in winning his first big league start. After a tough 2013, Fiers was 8-5 with a 2.55 ERA in 17 starts in Nashville, and made four relief appearances this June with the Brewers.

''It wasn't like he's a total mystery,'' Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. ''He didn't seem too afraid of us.''

Fiers induced 12 groundball outs Saturday and had the Dodgers walking back to the dugout in frustration. Los Angeles shortstop Miguel Rojas slammed his bat into the ground after a called third strike in the third.

GETTING TO GREINKE

The right-handed Greinke pitched for the Brewers in 2011 and part of 2012 before going to the Angels in a deal that sent shortstop Jean Segura to Milwaukee. Now with the Dodgers, Greinke took his second straight loss at Miller Park after winning his first 15 decisions there.

Davis hit a two-run shot for his 19th homer of the season in the second off a 1-2 pitch that Greinke liked when it left his hand.

''He just set a surprise on me'' and catcher A.J. Ellis, Greinke said ''There were plenty of mistakes throughout the game besides that one. That was upsetting because it was exactly what I wanted to do.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

DODGERS: Shortstop Hanley Ramirez had an MRI Saturday after leaving Friday night's game with soreness in his right rib cage muscle, though Mattingly didn't have the results before the game. Mattingly said he thought Ramirez might have an ''oblique-type'' injury.

BREWERS: Garza, who went on the disabled list Tuesday with a strained left rib cage muscle, hasn't started throwing yet but is doing exercises. Roenicke said he thought Garza might need more than the minimum 15 days to recover.

UP NEXT

DODGERS: Ace Clayton Kershaw (13-2) will try to help the Dodgers avoid a three-game sweep. The left-hander hasn't lost since May 28, going 10-0 in his last 12 starts.

BREWERS: Right-hander Jimmy Nelson (2-2) will try to extend his streak of three straight quality starts.

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Players of the Game
Milwaukee

M. Fiers
IP 8.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 1
K 5
Los Angeles

A. Gonzalez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Dee Gordon, 2B4010002.291.338.390
Yasiel Puig, CF4000011.311.395.528
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4121000.266.329.453
Matt Kemp, RF4010012.282.348.470
Carl Crawford, LF3000001.234.268.333
Juan Uribe, 3B3000010.292.321.419
A.J. Ellis, C3000000.188.330.229
Miguel Rojas, SS2000010.202.257.255
   a-Justin Turner, PH-SS1000010.313.382.431
Zack Greinke, P1000100.136.208.227
   Brian Wilson, P0000000.000.000.000
   Pedro Baez, P0000000.000.000.000
   b-Andre Ethier, PH0000100.247.313.371
Totals2914125    
a-struck out for Rojas in the 8th
b-walked for Baez in the 9th
Batting
HR - Adrian Gonzalez (17, Fiers)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (77)
CS - Dee Gordon (13, 2nd base by Fiers/Lucroy)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Rojas-Gordon-Gonzalez, Rojas-Gordon-Gonzalez-Greinke-Rojas-Gonzalez
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zack Greinke (L,12-8) 6844162 2.84
Brian Wilson 1000110 4.91
Pedro Baez 1100000 4.50
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 83-53, Brian Wilson 21-10, Pedro Baez 9-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 7-3, Brian Wilson 1-0, Pedro Baez 3-0
Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 25, Brian Wilson 3, Pedro Baez 4
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Carlos Gomez, CF3111110.291.353.493
Jonathan Lucroy, C4130000.312.377.495
Ryan Braun, RF3000102.283.337.496
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4031000.301.341.461
Scooter Gennett, 2B4110004.306.339.475
Khris Davis, LF3112012.253.304.484
   Gerardo Parra, LF0000000.257.305.364
Mark Reynolds, 1B3000012.206.297.415
Jean Segura, SS3000010.236.268.323
Mike Fiers, P3000030.000.000.000
   Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3049427    
Batting
HR - Carlos Gomez (18, Greinke), Khris Davis (19, Greinke)
RBI - Carlos Gomez (59), Aramis Ramirez (56), Khris Davis 2 (58)
SB - Carlos Gomez (24, 2nd base off Wilson/Ellis)
CS - Carlos Gomez (6, 3rd base by Wilson/Ellis)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Fiers-Segura-Reynolds
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Fiers (W,1-1) 8311151 1.80
Francisco Rodriguez (S,35) 1100100 2.83
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Fiers 101-69, Francisco Rodriguez 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Fiers 12-5, Francisco Rodriguez 2-1
Batters Faced - Mike Fiers 26, Francisco Rodriguez 5
Game Information
Attendance - 40553
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - John Tumpane, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Joe West