L.A., Brewers Play 'Tag, You're Hit'

In a game that saw the Dodgers get 18 hits, and one that nailed Manny Ramirez, and the Brewers had 11 hits, one that bounced off Prince Fielder, Los Angeles piled up 17 runs to overwhelm Milwaukee 17-4. The Dodgers broke up a 4-3 game with seven in the sixth and five in the eighth. The contest got even wilder after the game.

The Dodgers' racked up their highest-scoring performance of the season on 18 hits and improved their majors' best record to 66-41.

An extra bit of excitement occurred after Ramirez was hit by a pitch in the big sixth inning, Guillermo Mota drilled Milwaukee's Prince Fielder, the normal baseball tit for tat thing.

But it infuriated Fielder to the extent he attempted to confront Mota in the Dodgers clubhouse after the game but was stopped by teammates.

The Dodgers were leading by nine when Ramirez was hit in the seventh and then Juan Pierre was nailed in the eighth.

Russell Martin summed the whole thing up quite simply. "It's just part of the game," he said. "Our premier hitter gets hit, and he gets protection. I understand Fielder is frustrated, but you don't take care of that after the game.

"We don't want the same situation as last year in the playoffs, when Philly threw at Manny and we didn't retaliate," Martin added, referring to last fall's NL championship series against the Phillies and Billingsley's reluctance to retaliate. "We don't want to be known as a team that doesn't have each other's backs."

Mota was ejected and Ramon Troncoso retired the final Brewer batter of the game. Fielder was a bit subdued when interviewed later in the clubhouse. "He came inside. It just got away from him," Fielder said. "It happens. That's baseball. He tried to come inside." When asked about his postgame charge to the other side, he deadpanned: "I don't remember that."

Matt Kemp had another five-RBI game that included a home run. He also had two hits and two runs batted in during the seven run inning. Martin reached base five times and had three RBIs. Six Dodgers had multi-hit games, including three by Andre Ethier.

Ramirez ended his 10-game RBI drought with a homer and a two-run double. Before those two at-bats, Ramirez was 0-for-2 with two flyouts, adding to a 7-for-44 (.159) slump. The two hits ended his RBI-less streak at 44 at-bats, matching the longest drought of his career. His long homer in the fifth was his first run batted in since his pinch-hit grand slam July 22.

Rafael Furcal and Casey Blake added two hits each and Mota drove in his first run since 2004 with a long single.

Los Angeles sent eight batters to the plate in a four-run first inning, used 12 batters in the sixth and then batted around again in the five-run eighth. The Dodgers hadn't rung up 17 runs at Dodger Stadium since May 25, 1979, against Cincinnati.

Despite the fireworks, the Dodgers held a slim, 4-3 lead in the fifth inning before outscoring Milwaukee 12-1 the rest of the way.

Hiroki Kuroda won his fourth game against five losses, working six innings and although he allowed nine hits, gave up just three runs while striking out seven.

Hong-Chic Kuo added yet another scoreless inning, striking out two, Mota pitched into the ninth before Ramon Troncoso collected the final out.

The Dodgers tagged starter Yovani Gallardo for four runs on five hits in the first inning. Casey Blake doubled down the left-field line to score Furcal and Ethier, who had singled and were running on the play. Kemp added an RBI single to center and Martin lined a shot into left field to drive in the fourth run.

The Brewers hit two straight singles to start the top of the fourth, and starter Hiroki Kuroda hit Frank Catalanotto with a pitch to load the bases and got out of it but he was unable to escape a jam in the fifth when the Brewers tagged him four three runs.

Ramirez homered in the fifth, Mark Loretta's single in the sixth drove in Kemp and Martin before Ramirez doubled in another. Kemp knocked in two and Martin singled to score Blake.

Kemp homered to open the big eighth Ethier drove in two and Mota knocked in the final run.

The Dodgers scratched All-Star second baseman Orlando Hudson before game time because of an upset stomach. Juan Castro replaced him.

The final game of the series tonight may see more fireworks.

The Dodgers will start RHP Jason Schmidt (2-1, 4.50 ERA) who is coming off a six inning one-hit, no-runs performance against the Braves. In what might have been his last chance to show he belonged in the rotation, Schmidt overcame first-inning wildness and an error-aided mess to earn the start.

RHP Braden Looper (9-5, 5.03 ERA) starts for Milwaukee and has allowed four runs in each of his last two starts. The Brewers are 13-9 in Looper's starts.

  Score by Innings
Milwaukee	000 030 010- 4
Los Angeles	400 017 05x-17

  Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	6  2  2  0  .267
Ethier rf	6  3  3  2  .275
Ramirez lf	4  2  2  3  .310
 Mota p        	1  0  1  1  .500
 Troncoso p	0  0  0  0  .000
Blake 3b	5  2  2  2  .287
Loney 1b	4  1  0  0  .290
Kemp cf         5  3  4  5  .323
Martin c	3  2  3  2  .269
Castro 2b	4  0  0  0  .317
Kuroda p	2  0  0  0  .125
 Loretta ph	1  1  1  2  .236
 Kuo p        	0  0  0  0  .000
Pierre ph-lf	0  1  0  0  .313
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  Totals  	41 17 18 17
  Milwaukee	37  4 11 4

 2B- Blake 2 (32), Martin (13), Kemp
(16), Ramirez (13), Ethier (25).
HR- Ramirez (12), Kemp (15). RBI- Blake
2 (61), Kemp 5 (69), Martin 2 (33),
Ramirez 3 (40), Loretta 2 (20), Ethier 2
(69), Mota (1). S- Castro. LOB- Los
Angeles 8, Milwaukee 10. 

  Los Angeles	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Kuroda (4-5)	6.0  9  3-3  1  7  4.44
Kuo         	1.0  0  0-0  0  2  3.60
Mota        	1.2  2  1-1  0  1  3.06
Troncoso	0.1  0  0-0  0  0  1.98
  HBP- Ramirez, Pierre, by Kuroda, by Mota.
T- 3:28. Att- 45,5.5
Dodger Blue Notes-- The Dodgers are 107 games into the season and have yet to play the Pittsburgh Pirates. They have finished the season series against Florida, Houston, the Mets and Philadelphia. Tonight's game marks the final contest with Milwaukee. ...Los Angeles has scored runs scored 190 runs from the seventh inning on, tops in the National League and trailing only the Yankees and Angels. The Dodgers have had 10 or more hits in 11 of their last 15 games and lead the National League in hitting.

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