Kottaras’ pinch-double lifts Brewers past Dodgers
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Pinch-hitter George Kottaras’ two-run double with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Milwauke Brewers to a 5-4 victory over Los Angeles on Tuesday night, snapping the Dodgers’0 six-game winning streak.
Trailing 4-3, Corey Hart led off the ninth with a single off Dodgers closer Javy Guerra (1-1). Pinch-runner Carlos Gomez then stole second and Mat Gamel walked.
Guerra, who blew his first save of the year and third in his career, struck out Jonathan Lucroy. Kottaras then pinch-hit for Cesar Izturis and hit a 2-2 pitch to the wall, driving in Gomez and Gamel with Gamel sliding in just ahead of the throw from second baseman Mark Ellis and sending the Brewers to a jubilant celebration at home plate.
Jose Veras (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the victory as the Brewers snapped a four-game losing streak.
Andre Ethier’s two-run home run with two outs in the eighth inning had given the Dodgers their 4-3 lead. Mark Ellis hit a one-out broken-bat single off Francisco Rodriguez and, after Matt Kemp struck out, Ethier hit a 1-1 pitch into the Brewers’ bullpen for his fourth homer of the season.
The Brewers had taken a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the seventh on Norichika Aoki’s squeeze bunt off Matt Guerrier drove in Gamel with the tiebreaking run to give Milwaukee a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the seventh.
The game featured National League MVP Ryan Braun against the runner-up in Kemp. Braun went 0 for 3 while Kemp was 1 for 4 with a double.
Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo gave up one run and two hits in seven innings. He had one intentional walk and struck out seven.
The right-hander was rocked for six runs in just 3 2-3 innings on opening day against the Cardinals, but has given up just three runs over 14 innings (1.93 ERA) in his last two starts.
Los Angeles starter Chad Billingsley gave up two runs and five hits with six strikeouts in six innings. He has walked only one batter over 20 1-3 innings in three starts.
The Brewers scored twice in the second. Gamel hit his first homer of the season with one out to give Milwaukee a 1-0 lead.
Lucroy then hit a triple that popped out of the glove of a leaping Kemp in center field.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly brought his infield in, but Izturis singled sharply up the middle to score Lucroy for a 2-0 lead.
Los Angeles pulled to 2-1 in the fifth. Juan Rivera doubled and moved to third on James Loney’s single. Milwaukee second baseman Rickie Weeks caught Juan Uribe’s pop fly to short right field, but dropped the ball while transferring it to his throwing hand and Rivera tagged up and scored.
Ethier doubled to lead off the seventh and scored one out later on a double by Loney to tie the score at 2-2.
NOTES: Brewers radio announcer Bob Uecker missed the game to be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. … Brewers SS Alex Gonzalez missed his fourth consecutive game due to the birth of his son, Axel David. He is expected to return for Wednesday’s game. … Gamel’s home run was his first since Sept. 27, 2009, in a 6-5 loss to Philadelphia.