Matt Kemp powers Dodgers past Brewers

Associated Press  |  Last updated April 19, 2012
Matt Kemp hit his seventh home run of the season and the Los Angeles Dodgers avoided a three-game sweep with a 4-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday. Andre Ethier and Juan Rivera added RBI singles while Jerry Hairston Jr. made two big late-inning defensive plays for the Dodgers, who lost the first two games of the series on late-game fireworks by the Brewers. Travis Ishikawa had a double, a single and two RBI for Milwaukee. Ryan Braun was 0 for 11 in the three-game series against the Dodgers, striking out in his final two at-bats Thursday. Javy Guerra pitched a scoreless ninth, his sixth save in seven opportunities this season. The Brewers have never swept a series of any length from the Dodgers. With the Dodgers leading 4-3 in the eighth, Hairston made a critical defensive play at third base with a runner on third and two outs. Hairston dove to field a sharp ground ball by Alex Gonzalez, then made a long throw to first from an awkward angle to end the inning. Brewers pinch runner Carlos Gomez had advanced to third on a stolen base and a throwing error by catcher Matt Treanor. Hairston made another impressive play in the ninth, charging a bunt and throwing out Ishikawa. Brewers starter Randy Wolf (0-2) went six innings, giving up four runs and seven hits with a walk, a strikeout, a hit batsman and the home run to Kemp. Wolf also helped out with his bat, hitting a sacrifice fly. Dodgers starter Aaron Harang (1-1) also went six innings, giving up three runs and eight hits with a walk and four strikeouts. The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the second when Ethier hit a one-out double, Hairston was hit by a pitch and James Loney walked to load the bases. Ethier scored on a sacrifice fly by Treanor, but the inning ended when Harang hit into a forceout at second base. Milwaukee answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning, starting with a pair of singles by George Kottaras and Gonzalez to set up Ishikawa's RBI double. Gonzalez then scored on a sacrifice fly by Wolf. Los Angeles retook the lead in the third when Wolf allowed four straight singles, including RBI by Ethier and Juan Rivera, and extended the lead to 4-2 with Kemp's solo home run to lead off the fifth. The Brewers cut the lead to 4-3 on an RBI single by Ishikawa in the sixth. The Dodgers threatened again in the eighth, putting runners on second and third with one out. But Kottaras caught Hairston off the bag at third and threw him out, and Treanor struck out to end the inning. Notes: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said infielder Juan Uribe has a wrist injury that will require further evaluation, and he is likely to see a specialist when the Dodgers travel to Houston for a weekend series. ... Treanor had a triple in the fourth. ... Thursday's attendance was 30,091.
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