Brewers Drop Dodger 2-1 in 12

Suddenly the Dodgers have entered a time warp and it is 2003 all over again. The Brewer retired the last 14 batters, scored a run in the in the 12th in an error and won 2-1. L.A. had only eight hits, none after the seventh inning. Milwaukee also had problems, collecting seven hits. The Brewers finally broke through in the 12th when Duaner Sanchez (1-1) gave up a single, a walk and a bunt that Adrian Beltré fielded and made an errant throw to first.

The Dodgers wasted another strong seven-inning outing from starter Odalis Perez, who gave up only one run. Perez is 0-2 with three no-decisions and a 2.57 earned-run average in his last five starts. He has allowed five earned runs on 14 hits in 22 innings (2.05 ERA), striking out 16 and walking four in his last three starts during which the Dodgers have scored only one run.

All Perez got in support was a solo home run in the second inning by Juan Encarnacion, his sixth and his first since May 6, to provide a 1-0 lead. It gave the left-hander one more run to work with than the Dodgers had scored in either of his two previous starts. After the home run they collected just five hits — all singles.

The Dodgers had missed a scoring opportunity in the first inning when Izturis led off with a double and moved to third on Shawn Green's groundout. Izturis stayed at third on Milton Bradley's infield single, but the rally died when Bradley was picked off first by and Beltré grounded out.

The Dodgers lost their final opportunity to score in the seventh. Tied 1-1, Olmedo Saenz and Jose Hernandez had consecutive singles to start the inning, putting runners on the corners. Hernandez advanced on Perez's sacrifice bunt, and Alex Cora ran for Saenz.

Leadoff batter Cesar Izturis lined out to shortstop and Cora, who was going on contact, was doubled off third. Shawn Green, who walked in the eighth, was the final Dodger baserunner.

Guillermo Mota escaped a bases-loaded jam in the 10th, and the Brewers wasted a leadoff double in the 11th, before the Dodgers ran out of luck in the 12th.

The winning rally started with an infield single, the ball going between the legs of Sanchez, then hitting second base and bouncing too high for Izturis to make a throw to first. A walk and a near-perfect bunt followed. Beltré hit the batter running to first, it bounced away and allowed the winning run to score.

Despite being 2-6 on a trip that ends today, the Dodgers (24-20) held onto a share of first place with San Diego in the National League West for the eighth consecutive day. However they are steadily losing ground to the other teams in the division. The Dodgers have lost 10 of their past 12 games, scoring a total of 20 runs in those losses.

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