Dodgers Double Their Pleasure With Second Straight Win In Milwaukee

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Six Doubles (And A Home Run) Help Dodgers Defeat Brewers 5-4

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – James Loney drove in two runs and the Los Angeles Dodgers took a 5-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers in the second of a three-game series.

Andre Ethier hit a solo home run while Matt Kemp drove in one for the Dodgers, who have won three of their last four. Hiroki Kuroda (9-11) went seven innings in the win as he was charged with four runs on seven hits with six strikeouts.

The big news for Los Angeles came before the game as the Los Angeles Times reported that the team placed outfielder Manny Ramirez on waivers. He is in the final season of a two-year contract with a salary of $20 million this season. He went 2-for-2 in the game with two doubles, two walks, an RBI and a run scored.

Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder and Casey McGehee each drove in a run for the Brewers, who have dropped three straight. Randy Wolf (10-10) went five innings in the start and was charged with four runs on seven hits with three walks and four strikeouts.

The Dodgers drew first blood when Ethier hit a one-out, solo homer to right- center in the third.

The Brewers, though, surged ahead in the fourth. Rickie Weeks led off with a single and came home when Hart followed with a double. Braun’s two-bagger scored Hart and a sacrifice fly from McGehee later in the inning made it a 3-1 game.

Los Angeles answered with three of its own in the fifth to go back in front. With men on first and third and one out, Kemp scored Ryan Theriot with a sacrifice fly. Casey Blake followed with a double and Loney’s single to left plated both baserunners for a 4-3 lead.

The Dodgers made it a 5-3 game in the sixth as Ramirez’s double scored Theriot, who had reached base on a double earlier in the frame.

Milwaukee got the run back in the bottom of the inning, though, as Fielder’s single to left scored Weeks, who led off with a single and stole second before heading to third on a groundout from Braun.

Kuroda put the Brewers down in order in the seventh while Jonathan Broxton did the same in the eighth.

Ronald Belisario, George Sherrill and Octavio Dotel each retired a batter in the ninth, with Dotel getting his 22nd save of the season.

Kuroda had been 0-3 in his previous five starts and improved to 2-0 in three games against Milwaukee…Los Angeles has taken three of five from Milwaukee this season…Wolf had won his previous three starts and fell to 3-3 in 10 encounters with Los Angeles.


Today's Dodgers-Brewers Lineups

Here are today’s lineups:

Theriot 2B
Ethier RF
Ramirez LF
Kemp CF
Blake 3B
Loney 1B
Carroll SS
Barajas C
Kuroda P

Weeks 2B
Hart RF
Braun LF
Fielder 1B
McGehee 3B
Cain CF
Escobar SS
Kottaras C
Wolf P


Dodgers Face Old Friend Wolf In Second Game In Milwaukee

(Sports Network) - With rumors swirling that slugger Manny Ramirez will be put on waivers sometime this week, the Los Angeles Dodgers will try to remain focused on making a run at the playoffs in tonight's continuation of a three- game series against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

The White Sox and Rays have allegedly expressed interest in the left fielder's services, but it's all just speculation at this point.

"I don't think it's anything different than [what] goes on in July with all the rumors that fly around in July about trade possibilities," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said on the club's official site. "I don't see any concern."

Ramirez went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in last night's 5-3 victory over the Brewers in the series opener. Rod Barajas picked up the slack by going 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and two doubles for the Dodgers, who have alternated wins and losses over the last eight games and pulled within 6 1/2 games of the NL Wild Card lead.

Ted Lilly improved to 5-0 in five starts with Los Angeles and held Milwaukee to three runs over 6 1/3 innings. Ronald Belisario tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings before Hong-Chih Kuo closed the door in the ninth for his fifth save.

Los Angeles starter Hiroki Kuroda hasn't won since July 22 and will take the mound this evening. Kuroda is 0-3 with a 3.48 earned run average over his last five starts, with the Dodgers going 1-4 in that stretch.

Kuroda hasn't allowed more than two runs in each of his three most recent starts and did not record a decision in the Dodgers' 3-2 loss versus Colorado last Wednesday. He tossed seven innings of two-run ball that day and remained at 8-11 in 24 starts while lowering his ERA to 3.48.

The right-hander is 1-0 with a less desirable 7.36 ERA in two career appearances (one start) against Milwaukee.

The Brewers have dropped two in a row since a four-game winning streak, but still have life at 11 games off the final playoff spot in the National League. Dave Bush started for them last night and was saddled with the loss for giving up five runs and 10 hits over six innings.

"Bush would like to have a couple of pitches back," said Milwaukee manager Ken Macha. "A couple of two-strike breaking balls got too much over the plate and accounted for all their runs. Besides that he pitched good."

Rickie Weeks homered for the Brewers and Casey McGehee collected three hits and an RBI in defeat.

Former Dodger Randy Wolf shoots for his fourth straight win when he takes the ball tonight for the Brewers. Wolf won his third consecutive start last Wednesday in a 3-2 victory at St. Louis, as he held the high-powered Cardinals to a run and three hits in 8 1/3 innings.

The left-hander, who improved to 10-9 in 26 starts to go along with a 4.67 ERA, is 4-4 in 13 home starts this season. He will make his 10th career start against the Dodgers and is 3-2 with a 3.39 ERA over his first nine encounters with Los Angeles. Wolf went 11-7 with a 3.23 ERA for Los Angeles last year.

The Brewers took two of three matchups with Los Angeles at Chavez Ravine back in early May and have won five of the last nine contests between the two ballclubs.

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