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The NL-leading Los Angeles Dodgers found themselves on the verge of yet another victory before the Milwaukee Brewers rallied to take the opener of this three-game set.
Los Angeles could be in for further disappointment with Milwaukee's Zack Greinke scheduled to take the mound Wednesday night at Miller Park.
The Dodgers (9-2), who entered Tuesday winners of six in a row, saw their run come to an end with a 5-4 walk-off loss at Milwaukee. Andre Ethier's two-run homer off Francisco Rodriguez gave Los Angeles a 4-3, eighth-inning lead before closer Javy Guerra surrendered a two-run double to pinch-hitter George Kottaras in the ninth, his first blown save.
"We are confident we can come back and win ballgames," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, whose club snapped a four-game skid. "That does mean a lot when you get late in the game and you're facing a guy who's coming out of that bullpen and really throwing well.
"You don't feel real good about your chances when you get late in the games against great relievers. We all feel like we can come back and win."
Things aren't about to get any easier for the Dodgers, who could have trouble getting back on track against Greinke (1-1, 6.75 ERA). The right-hander has been unbeatable at home since joining Milwaukee (5-6), compiling a 2.91 ERA while going 12-0 in 16 regular-season starts - both the longest active home winning streak in the majors and the longest in franchise history.
Greinke also went 4-0 over his final six home starts with Kansas City in 2010.
Pitching at home versus on the road has made a world of difference for Greinke, who was tagged for eight runs over 3 2-3 innings of Thursday's 8-0 loss at Wrigley Field.
"I don't think there's too much to complain about really," said Greinke, who has held Matt Kemp, Juan Rivera and James Loney hitless in a combined 11 at-bats. "Just about a bad start."
Greinke gave up one run, five hits and struck out eight over seven innings of a 3-1 win over the Dodgers on Aug. 17 - his only appearance against Los Angeles over the previous six seasons.
After getting roughed up in his Dodgers debut, former Brewer Chris Capuano (1-0, 5.40) bounced back in Thursday's 3-2 win over Pittsburgh. The left-hander allowed two runs and six hits over 5 1-3 innings while striking out seven.
"I'm really happy with my stuff," he said. "I feel like I've got great movement on the ball and pretty good command of my pitches, for the most part. But in the last game and this one, my location really started to suffer in the fifth and sixth innings. So that's something I'm going to have to look at so I can make quality pitches the whole game."
Capuano, who was 44-48 during his oft-injured career with Milwaukee, went 1-0 with a 4.63 ERA in two starts against his former team while with the New York Mets last season. He gave up one run over six innings of a 2-1 Mets win in his return to Miller Park on June 7.
Mired in a 4-for-39 slump (.103) to start the season, Aramis Ramirez is 11 for 37 (.297) with a homer against Capuano.
Brewers shortstop Alex Gonzalez missed his fourth consecutive game Tuesday due to the birth of his son but is expected to return in this one.
Ethier is batting .310 with four homers and a major league-leading 17 RBIs - one more than Kemp - in 11 games. It took him 30 games to knock in 17 last season.
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