Milwaukee Brewers Lose to Dodgers 8-2; Winning Streak Ends at 3

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The Milwaukee Brewers winning streak was snapped at 3 games as they fell to the Dodgers 8-2 Tuesday night.  A night after new Brewers manager Craig Counsell picked up his first victory as a skipper, he picked up his first loss.

Dodgers starting pitcher, and former Brewer, Zack Greinke improved to 5-0 on the season and 16-2 in his career at Miller Park.  The win is his first in his career against the Brewers, as he improved to 1-2 against the Crew.  He has now defeated every team in the MLB, except for the Kansas City Royals, another one of his former teams. Greinke’s final line was 7 2/3 innings pitched, 2 hits, 1 run (0 ER), 2 walks, and 7 strikeouts.  He lowered his season ERA to 1.56.

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The Brewers got on the board first in the bottom of the 2nd inning.  With one out, Aramis Ramirez singled to left field.  Jean Segura came to the plate with two outs, and hit a line drive to center field.  Dodger center fielder, Joc Pederson appeared to lose the ball in the lights, as he was unable to make the catch.  Ramirez scored and Pederson was charged with an error.

The Dodgers scored the first 7 of their runs via the long ball.  Justin Turner got them on the board with a 3-run homer in the top of the 6th.  These were the only three runs allowed by Brewers starter Matt Garza in 6 innings of work, but he dropped to 2-4 on the season.  He had a good outing overall, picking up a quality start.  He also allowed just 4 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 5 Dodger hitters.

Neal Cotts got roughed up in the 7th inning.  He came on in relief of Rob Wooten with one on and one out.  After striking out Pederson, Jimmy Rollins hit a 2-run home over the left field wall, making the score 5-1.  Cotts walked the next batter up, then Adrian Gonzalez hit another 2-run homer, to center field, making the score 7-1.

The Dodgers added another in the top of the 9th off Brewers reliever Michael Blazek.  Turner knocked in Rollins on a ground ball into shallow right for his 4th RBI of the game, pushing the score to 8-1.

Brewers hitters were puzzled all night, as they only mustered 3 hits all game.  Ramirez singled and scored in the 2nd and Scooter Gennett singled in the bottom of the 5th.  Gennett was back in the lineup for the first time since cutting his hand and heading to the disabled list.  Ramirez doubled in the bottom of the 9th, scoring Ryan Braun, pushing the score to its final mark of 8-2.

The third game of the 4-game series will pit Wily Peralta (0-4, 4.35 ERA) against Joe Wieland who is 1-4 with a 5.31 ERA in 9 career MLB games (7 starts).  It will be Wieland’s first appearance of the 2015 season.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 pm.

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