The Milwaukee Brewers (64-52) gained a game on the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL-Central standings with a 9-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers (66-51) Friday.
The Brewers took the lead in the opening inning scoring two-runs off Dodgers starter Roberto Hernandez. Aramis Ramirez capped the inning win a run scoring single that scored Gerardo Parra and extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Scooter Gennett scored the other run hitting a sacrifice fly.
Starting pitcher Kyle Lohse bounced back from his last start, but finished with a no-decision as the bullpen blew his lead. Lohse went the first 6 innings allowing six hits and one run.
Rob Wooten, Zach Duke, Jeremy Jeffress, Will Smith and Brandon Kintzler were used in the game one win. Wooten and Duke gave up a run each giving the Dodgers the lead in the seventh.
With the Dodgers leading 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh, the Brewers would score four runs to regain the lead. Martin Maldonado scored Rickie Weeks on a bunt single; Carlos Gomez then reached on a throwing error scoring Mark Reynolds and Gerardo Parra would single home Maldonado and Khris Davis making the score 6-3. Gomez was thrown out at third to end the inning.
The Brewers put the game out of reach in the eighth inning when Weeks connected on a three-run home run for his fourth long ball of the year. Ryan Braun reached on a walk and Ramirez singled before Weeks brought them home.
Offensively, Ramirez and Parra combined for four of the teams’ seven hits.
The much needed game one win for the Brewers gives them momentum heading into a battle with co-aces Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw. Greinke, a former Brewer, will face Mike Fiers who will make his first start of the season Saturday. First pitch is at 6:10.