Pierre then laced a 1-1 pitch into the left-center field gap for a two-run double, giving the Dodgers their first lead of the game. He then stole third base.
Andruw Jones, who had line a pair of singles earlier in the game, hit at squirmy little ground ball that eluded the pitcher long enough for Ethier to score an insurance run. The runs came off former Dodger Guillermo Mota. It was just the sixth RBI of the season for Jones, and even with the two hits he is batting .179.
The comeback marked the first time in 19 games that the Dodgers rallied to win when trailing after eight innings.
Thus ended the ugly five-game losing streak. Arizona, who had stumbled almost as badly as the Dodgers (20-19), seem to have righted themselves and topped Colorado 3-2 to stay 4 1/2 games in front of L.A. Houston beat the Giants and Chicago dumped San Diego.
"When you lose five games in a row and have to come back in somebody else's ballpark, hopefully this gets us back on track," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "A lot of good things happened. Hopefully we can build on it. Certainly was a good way to break a losing streak."
Starter Derek Lowe followed the usual Dodgers pitching pattern, retiring the side in order early, then imploding somewhere along the away.
He was tagged for three runs on four hits in the second inning, two of them coming on a single by the Milwaukee pitcher, putting L.A. into their usual hole, then retied the next 11 straight Brewers before allowing another single run in the sixth, wriggling out of a bases loaded mess to keep the game somewhat in hand.
Blake DeWitt laced his third home run into the right field seats in the fifth and in the Dodgers seventh, James Loney singled to left but was forced at second by DeWitt. He moved up on a wild pitch and advanced to third when Chin-lung Hu beat out an infield hit.
Pinch-hitter Mark Sweeney spanked a grounder to first base that was fumbled as DeWitt scored to make it 4-2. Pierre dropped a soft single to left to close the gap to a single run.
In the eighth, with two out and Russ Martin on with a single, Loney slugged a long shot to left-center that was caught in the funky crease in center field, the deepest part of the entire park.
The Dodgers' bullpen came through again to give the offense a chance. Scott Proctor, Joe Beimel, Jonathan Broxton, who earned his second win of the season, and Takashi Saito, back from a debilitating case of the flue to earn his sixth save, shut down the Brewers without a hit over the final three innings.
Then came the big ninth inning rally.
Milwaukee, which had won three in a row, has lost 10 games in which it led at some point.
"All in all you've got to look at the game as a whole," said starter Derek Lowe. "Finding a way to come back and win is very, very important at this stage of our mini-losing streak. It was just all-around a really good game for us to pull out."
Pierre finished 3-for-5, scored a run and knocked in three. DeWitt had a solo home run and scored twice and Jones had a pair of hits and a run batted in.
Chad Billingsley starts against Ben Sheets in a rare, afternoon game today. Sheet's is 4-0 with a 2.53 ERA, and the last time he faced the Dodgers at Miller Park was last year's season opener, when the only thing standing between him and a complete-game shutout was a solo home run by Jeff Kent.
Score by innings Los Angeles 000 010 203-6 Milwaukee 030 001 000-4 Los Angeles ab r h bi ave Pierre lf 5 1 2 2 .293 Saito p 0 0 0 0 .000 Jones cf 5 0 2 1 .179 Kemp rf 5 0 0 0 .309 Kent 2b 4 0 0 0 .242 Martin c 3 0 1 0 .302 Loney 1b 4 0 1 0 .284 DeWitt 3b 3 2 1 1 .320 Hu ss 3 1 1 0 .204 Young ph 0 1 0 0 .292 Maza ss 0 0 0 0 .000 Lowe p 2 0 0 0 .294 Sweeney ph 1 0 0 0 .143 Proctor p 0 0 0 0 .000 Beimel p 0 0 0 0 .000 Broxton p 0 0 0 0 .000 Ethier ph-lf 1 1 1 0 .301 Totals 36 6 10 5 Milwaukee 32 4 6 4 2b hits = Pierre (). HR- DeWitt (3). RBI- Pierre 2 (), Jones (), DeWitt (). SB- Pierre (14). CS- Pierre (). LOB- Los Angeles 6, Milwaukee 5. DP- DeWitt and Loney. Los Angeles in h r-er bb so era Lowe 6.0 6 4-4 3 6 4.62 Proctor 1.0 0 0-0 1 2 5.79 Beimel 0.1 0 0-0 0 0 0.66 Broxton (2-1) 0.2 0 0-0 0 0 5.06 Saito (sv 6) 1.0 0 0-0 0 2 1.65 T- 3:04. Att- 27,562,Pierre Makes 'Comeback'
Juan Pierre hasn't had many advocates this season, with every blog on the internet suggesting the Dodgers give him away, or trade him, for a dozen baseballs and a case of athletic tape.
His 434-consecutive game streak was broken early in the year and he was a forlorn figure sitting on the bench.
When Rafael Furcal was injured, he was elevated to the leadoff slot, the first time this season anyone but Raffy hit first.
L.A. beat the New York Mets, but then the losing streak began and over those first six games without Furcal, Pierre was 3-for-23 with two walks and one run scored.
But he broke out last night, doing what he does best, beating out a slow roller for an infield hit in the third; dropping a two-out, bloop single in the seventh that Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun appeared to have taken away with a diving catch until he landed so hard that the ground knocked the ball out of his glove; then crushing a pitch up the gap in left-center in the ninth to score Young and Ethier.
"Really, the only time I didn't swing the bat well was last night (Tuesday)," Pierre said. "Against the Astros last weekend, some guys made some plays on me. But that's baseball. I have led off before, so it wasn't a matter of too much pressure. I'm just trying to get on and score runs. It's only natural when you're not winning and things aren't going well, and you want so badly to get it done."
"Psychologically, yeah, I think he probably was trying to do too much," batting coach Mike Easler said. "But that's only normal."
"Professional is the best word I can use to describe him," Torre said. "He knows what he is doing, and the pressure doesn't bother him. Sometimes, he tries to do a little bit more than we need him to. But that was a big hit, especially to drive the ball to left-center."
DeWitt Rookie of Year Candidate
Blake DeWitt's numbers are starting to stack up favorably with those of other rookies Kosuke Fukudome, Joey Votto and Geovany Soto. DeWitt entered the game leading all N.L. rookies in hitting with a .320 average and added his third home run of the season.
Martin's Hot Bat
Russell Martin's average has topped .300 for the first time this season after struggling early in April. However the Dodgers' All-Star catcher is not caught up in personal accomplishments. "If I'm hitting .300 and we're not winning and if I'm hitting .220 and we're winning, I'd rather hit . 220," Martin said after going four for seven in the first two games of the Brewers series, lifting his average to .302.
And though Martin says he doesn't pay attention to numbers, he's batting .360 since April 11 and among the National League leaders in walks with 30.
"I just go out there and play my game," he said. "You get a couple of knocks, get a couple of bloopers here or there and it gets you back on track. I try never to let the numbers affect the way I feel. And I try not to let them affect the way I play.
"That was the first time I had such a bad start in my career. It was tough, but you've just got to keep playing and not worry about numbers. Because that's why you play. You just play to win. And if your focus is on winning then the rest will just take care of itself."
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Jason Schmidt will make his second minor league rehab start Saturday for Inland Empire and is scheduled to throw between 30 and 45 pitches. Schmidt pitched an inning for the 66ers on Sunday, then threw approximately three dozen pitches in the bullpen under the direction of trainer Stan Conte.
The Dodgers have not established a timetable for Schmidt's return beyond Saturday. The former All-Star, who had season-ending shoulder surgery 11 months ago, has pitched only 25.2 innings for the Dodgers since signing a three-year, $47-million free-agent contract in December 2006.
Rafael Furcal is making progress in physical therapy on his his lower back. But with Nomar Garciaparra close to returning from the disabled list, Torre said he might use Garciaparra at shortstop to keep Blake DeWitt in the lineup at third.
"He was taking groundballs there," Torre said of Garciaparra, a five-time American League All-Star at shortstop who moved to the corner infield spots four years ago. "He volunteered that he could do this. And I certainly would be open to it."
Andruw Jones, whose bat has been on the DL from the start of the season and who has been studying video and working with batting coach Don Mattingly the last two days, showed positive signs he may be ready to break out with his second two-hit game of the year.
"Donny sees little things, physical things," Torre said. "Whether it's the feet, first move of your hips; different things. That makes him so valuable for me."
Dodger Blue Notes-- Chan Ho Park, 1-0 with a 2.16 earned-run average in 25 innings of relief, was the winner of the fifth-starter lottery, beating out Clayton Kershaw and Hong-Chih Kuo and will make his first start as a Dodger since 2001 in Saturday's interleague game at Angel Stadium. ...With Juan Pierre and Jones at the top of the order and Martin hitting fifth, Wednesday's lineup was the 34th combination Torre has tried in 39 games this season. ...After 10 seasons in the minors Luis Maza made his big-league debut, at shortstop, in the ninth inning.