Billingsley (3-5) took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, finally allowing a single with two out. He worked into the eighth, allowing three hits and a single run while striking out five.
Garry Bennett, a late addition behind the plate when third baseman Blake DeWitt came up with a stiff back. Russ Martin was switched to third.
Bennett smashed a three-run homer in the seventh and added an RBI double in the ninth to finish with a homer, double and four RBI. all first in a Dodger Blue uniform.
Andrew Jones picked on a high pitch and drove his second home run (#2) deep into the left field seats.
Jeff Kent, locked in a 1-for-28 slump, crushed a fastball for a homer (#4) one batter later.
Two young starting pitchers made things tough on the hitters. Milwaukee's Sheets (4-0, 2.53) retired the first nine Dodgers in order before Juan Pierre singled to center leading off the fourth.
Chad Billingsley (2-5, 4.89), who has had little luck so far this season, gave up his first hit, a single, with two out in the fifth inning to Sheets, who was 1-for-17 previously.
The two pitchers mowed down the batters with regularity. Russ Martin singled for the Dodgers in the fifth and Juan Pierre beat out an infield hit but was quickly picked off in the sixth.
Billingsley had a bit of trouble in the fifth when with one out Luis Maza, making his major league debut, roamed behind second to grab a grounder but threw low to first for an error.
A fielder's choice, the Brewer's second single of the game, and a ground ball closed out the inning.
The tight contest rolled into the top of the seventh scoreless but things changed at that point.
Andruw Jones, who just might be breaking out of his funk, boomed a long home run into the left field seats. After Ethier bounced out Jeff Kent hit another long shot into about the same spot.
James Loney lined a ball to left that the Brewer left fielder made a diving attempt to catch but missed, Loney ending up at third with a triple.
Russell Martin singled to left, driving in Loney, Luiz Maza hit a cap-hit pitch into left for his first M.L. hit and Gary Bennett deposited a third home run of the inning amongst the Milwaukee fans in left field.
The three long balls gave the Dodgers 29 for the season and a 6-0 lead.
Billingsley gave up a triple and on his 105th pitch allowed a walk and was excused for the rest of the afternoon having allowed only a single run on three hits with four walks and five strikeouts.
Jonathan Broxton came in and threw a double play ball, served up a huge home run to dead center, allowed a single and then Maza made a nice play on a slow roller to throw out the final hitter of the inning.
Maza walked and scored on Bennett's double in the ninth and Cory Wade closed out the final inning, allowing only an infield hit.
Rumors are circulating that Broxton is perhaps injured, since he has not been nearly as effective this season.
Pierre, Martin and Bennett collected a pair of hits each. Bennett knocked in four with a single and a double as Los Angeles improved to 21-18 with the win
The Dodgers kick off Interleague Play tonight, with the first of three games down the road with the Angels. Recently, the "Big A" has been a house of horrors for the Dodgers, as the club has lost five straight and eight of its last nine in Orange County.
Dodger manager Joe Torre and Angels' skipper Mike Scioscia filmed a public service announcement encouraging all baseball fans throughout Southern California to donate blood in support of the annual Freeway Series Blood Drive.
Pitching matchups for the series includes Chan Ho Park making his first Dodgers start since 2001:
Friday RHP Hiroki Kuroda (1-2, 3.59) vs. LHP Joe Saunders (6-1, 2.48)
Saturday RHP Chan Ho Park (1-0, 2.16) vs. RHP Erwin Santana (6-0, 2.63)
Sunday RHP Brad Penny (5-4, 5.09) vs. RHP Jered Weaver (2-5, 4.86)
Score by innings Los Angeles 000 000 601-7 Milwaukee 000 000 020-2 Los Angeles ab r h bi ave Pierre lf 5 0 2 0 .298 Jones cf 4 1 1 1 .182 Ethier rf 5 0 1 0 .297 Kent 2b 3 1 1 1 .244 Hu ss 1 0 0 0 .200 Loney 1b 3 1 1 0 .285 Martin 3b 4 1 2 1 .308 Maza ss-2b 3 2 1 0 .333 Bennett c 4 1 2 4 .211 Billingsley p 3 0 0 0 .077 Broxton 0 0 0 0 .000 Kemp ph 0 0 0 0 .309 Wade p 0 0 0 0 .000 Totals 35 7 11 7 Milwaukee 32 2 6 1 Error- Maza (1). 2b hits- Bennett (1). 3b hits- Loney (3). HR- Jones (2), Kent (4), Bennett (1). RBI- Jones (7), Kent (20), Martin (16), Bennett 4 (4). LOB- Los Angeles 5, Milwaukee 7. Los Angeles in h r-er bb so era Billingsley (3-5) 7.0 3 1-1 4 5 4.34 Broxton 1.0 2 1-1 0 0 5.29 Wade 1.0 1 0-0 0 0 1.66 T- 3:03. Att- 30,444.Dark Anniversary
On this date ten years ago the Dodgers swung one of the biggest, most controversial and worst trades in franchise history when Mike Piazza and Todd Zeile were shipped to the Florida Marlins in exchange for Gary Sheffield, Bobby Bonilla, Jim Eisenreich, Manuel Barrios, and Charles Johnson.
Some have likened it to trading your milk cow for a handful of magic beans.
Many feel that the decline of the franchise began with this trade, a decline that is still being overcome, engineered by FOX executive Chase Carey. It also marked the beginning of the end for General Manager Fred Claire.
Bonilla, Barrios, Eisenreich, and Johnson never played for the Dodgers after the 1998 season and Sheffield was traded to Atlanta before the start of the 2002 season.
Piazza continued his Hall of Fame career withe the New York Mets.
There is one last link to Piazza, although it's a stretch. Minor League pitcher Andrew Brown came over in the Sheffield deal and then was the player to be named later sent by Los Angeles to the Indians when the club acquired Milton Bradley.
General Manager Ned Colletti's first trade -- and best -- with the Dodgers was to send Bradley and Antonio Perez to Oakland for current Dodger Outfielder Andre Ethier,
Dodger Blue Notes-- Third baseman Blake DeWitt, who made four spectacular plays the night before, tweaked his back a bit and was given the day off. Luis Maza, just up from Las Vegas, drew his first stat with the Dodgers. Russell Martin moved to third and Gary Bennett started behind the plate. ...Of the Dodgers' seven Cy Young Award winners, five have come back to pitch against the Dodgers, including Eric Gagne, who got the save Tuesday night. Only Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax won the award and never faced the Dodgers. ...With the addition of Maza to the 25-man roster yesterday, the Dodgers are representing nine different countries on the squad. Maza is the lone player from Venezuela, Russell Martin is the only Canadian, Andruw Jones hails from Curacao, Esteban Loaiza from Mexico and Chan Ho Park from South Korea. Chin-lung Hu and Hong- Chih Kuo were born in Taiwan, while Takashi Saito and Hiroki Kuroda are native Japanese. Counting the disabled list, there are three players from the Dominican Republic and the final 18 were born in the United States. Milwaukee represents five countries on their 25-man roster (United States, Canada, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.) ...In addition to the new affiliate in Sikeston, Missouri – home of third baseman Blake DeWitt – the Dodger Radio Network continues to expand across the country. WSJD in Evansville, Indiana is now on board, as is WVMC in Mt. Carmel, Illinois and WNSR in Nashville, Tennessee. On the Spanish-language network, Dodger fans in Nashville can now tune into WMGC to hear Jaime Jarrín, Pepe Yñiguez and Fernando Valenzuela. Those tuning into English-language stations hear Hall of Famer Vin Scully, Rick Monday, Charley Steiner and Jerry Reuss. ...The Dodgers and Nomar Garciaparra are bringing back Carne Asada Sunday on June 22 after the Dodgers host the Cleveland Indians. Garciaparra created the event last year in a continued effort to give back to the community in which he was raised and in celebration of his Mexican-American heritage. Carne Asada Sunday, presented by Cacique, will once again include a live mariachi band, food and beverages, and each attendee will receive an autographed photo of the third baseman. ... SOUND SAMMY – Dodger closer Takashi Saito overcame a recent bout with illness to record his sixth save in eight chances last night after being unavailable the previous four contests. It was on this date in 2006 that Saito recorded his first Major League save and officially took over the closer role for the Dodgers. The Japanese hurler did not blow a save until Aug. 10, 2006, rescuing 12 straight without a blown save to start his career. The right-hander has saved 69 games in 77 career chances (89.6 %) while striking out 203 batters in 159.0 innings pitched (11.5 K/9 innings).