Milwaukee Batters Dodgers 11-6

The hot and cold Brewers were definitely hot in the first game of a three games series in Dodger Stadium, tagging starter Clayton Kershaw for seven runs in the second inning and adding two more off Ramon Ortiz on their way to an 11-6 win.

Milwaukee, who was shut out in three of four games in San Diego, finished with 15 hits, including a pair of home runs.

The Brewers have blown hot and cold this season. They lost on May 17 at Washington, 8-0, then scored 10 runs in the first inning the next day on the way to an 11-7 win. Then they outscored the Pirates in a three-game sweep, 36-1, before being swept at home by the Cubs by a cumulative score of 25-4 and the following day they beat the Pirates the next day, 17-3.

The game wasn't as close as the 11-6 final score. Milwaukee led 10-0 going into the bottom of the fifth inning and coasted the rest of the way.

In his shortest Major League start, Clayton Kershaw left two on base in the first inning, then was buried under a deluge of Brewer runs. He threw 57 pitches, 33 for strikes, before leaving with one out after Prince Fielder's three run home run. His ERA ballooned from 3.07 to 4.99.

The 22-year-old left-hander surrendered seven runs, five hits and two walks against an offense that had managed only two runs during a four-game series at San Diego.

"This is why it's unfair to ask him to lead a pitching staff, even though he's not afraid to take the responsibility," manager Joe Torre said. "He's still growing into the responsibility right now and sometimes he gets to where he overthrows and loses his rhythm."

Ramon Ortiz allowed a single and a second home run before closing out the huge inning.

James Loney finished the game with four runs batted in on a sacrifice fly and a three-run home run, his second of the year. Loney is 9-for-18 with 10 RBIs in the first five games of this homestand.

Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger worked four innings and allowed five hits and a single run. Rookie Carlos Monasterios closed out the final two innings, allowing a run.

After winning three in a row over Pittsburgh, the Dodgers slid to 11-15 with the loss, 5.5 games behind San Diego. It was the eighth time this year that L.A. scored at least five runs and lost. That happened only 11 times all last season.

Probable Pitchers
Starters for the final two games of the series with Milwaukee include LHP Doug Davis (0-3, 8.87) vs. RHP Chad Billingsley (2-1, 4.85) tonight and RHP Dave Bush (1-2, 4.60) vs. RHP John Ely (0-1, 7.50) on Thursday.

Ernie Harwell Remembered
A moment of silence was observed before the game for Hall of Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell, who died Tuesday at age 92. Harwell, who spent 42 seasons with the Tigers, passed away Tuesday at 92. Harwell was with the Dodgers 1948-49, before Vince Scully became a Dodgers announcer in 1950.

Scully told the remarkable story of Harwell's arrival in Brooklyn. Red Barber had become ill with an ulcer during the 1948 season, so Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey called the Atlanta Crackers, where Rickey's friend, Arthur Mann, was an executive.

"He said, 'Arthur, I need your announcer," Scully said. "And Arthur Mann said, I need a catcher. So the Dodgers sent Cliff Dapper to Atlanta, and Atlanta sent Ernie Harwell to Brooklyn. Ernie's the only announcer who's ever been involved in a trade."

Dodger Blue Notes --Russell Martin went 0-for-3 and is in a 1-for-20 slump. ...Manny Ramirez went 1-for-3 with an RBI and Jeff Weaver allowed two runs in three innings for Class A Inland Empire in rehab outings on Tuesday. Both players are on the Dodgers' 15-day disabled list. Ramirez is eligible to return on Saturday. Weaver is eligible to come off the disabled list Friday. ...The victory was the Brewers' 900th in the regular season since the franchise switched to the National League in 1998. ...The Dodgers again failed to win their fourth consecutive game. ...Milwaukee and Los Angeles tied their season series last year at three games apiece, with each club taking two of three on the road. Since 2000, the Dodgers are 39-22 (.639) against the Brewers, including a 21-10 mark at Dodger Stadium. ...Dodgers Publicity pointed out that on Sunday, second baseman Blake DeWitt went 4-for-4 and drove in three runs. DeWitt becomes the first Dodger second baseman to go 4-for-4 (or better) with three RBI in a game since Charlie Neal on June 30, 1960.