Dodgers 6; Brewers 4
Eric Gagne got another view of a blown save - from the bench. Juan Pierre hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the ninth inning off Guillermo Mota, and the Los Angeles Dodgers overcame a three-run deficit to beat the Brewers 6-4 Wednesday night and stop a season-high, five-game losing streak. "When you lose five games in a row and have to come back in somebody else's ballpark, hopefully this gets us back on track," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. Hopefully we can build on it. Certainly was a good way to break a losing streak."
Furthermore, Milwaukee was ahead 4-3 in the ninth when Mota (1-2) entered. He had gotten his first save of the season Monday as Gagne took a two-day "mental break" from closing. Brewers manager Ned Yost had said before the game that Gagne, who has five blown saves in 15 chances, would be available for the ninth. But Yost changed his mind and decided Gagne would rest after throwing 60 pitches in two days.
As David Riske left with one out in the eighth because of a hyper-extended right elbow and Salomon Torres and Brian Shouse finished the inning that left Mota as the best option for the ninth.
Mota walked Delwyn Young with one out and allowed a single to Andre Ethier that put runners on the corners. Pierre drove a pitch deep to left-center to put Los Angeles ahead 5-4, stole third and scored on Andruw Jones' groundout. It was just the sixth RBI of the season for Jones, who is hitting .179. "I just read it right." Joe Beimel and Jonathan Broxton (2-1) combined on a perfect eighth for the Dodgers, and Takashi Saito threw a 1-2-3 ninth for his sixth save. Los Angeles had been 0-18 when trailing after eight innings. "Hopefully this win can get us back and track and hopefully everybody can settle down and just play baseball," Pierre said. "Overall, pitching and offense everybody is pressing a little bit. That's only natural when you don't win games."
Milwaukee, which had won three in a row, has lost 10 games in which it led at some point. Dodgers starter Derek Lowe allowed four runs and six hits in six innings, while Milwaukee's Manny Parra gave up three runs - one earned - and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings. Parra's two-run single and Jason Kendall's RBI single built a 3-0 lead in the second. Blake DeWitt hit a solo homer for the Dodgers in the fifth, but Corey Hart's RBI single made it 4-1 in the sixth.
The Dodgers closed with a pair of unearned runs with two outs in the seventh. First baseman Prince Fielder bobbled pinch-hitter Mark Sweeney's grounder for a run-scoring error on an in-between hop. "Yeah, you'd like that play to be made," Yost said. "It's a tough play, but that play can be made." Pierre chased Parra with an RBI single, a ball to shallow left that Ryan Braun unsuccessfully tried to catch with a dive.
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