Mike Fiers glows against Zack Greinke
MILWAUKEE—Mike Fiers held the Los Angeles Dodgers to three hits in his first big league start in more than a year, and Khris Davis and Carlos Gomez homered to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 4-1 win Saturday night.
Fiers (1-1) struck out five in eight strong innings, filling in for injured veteran Matt Garza. The Dodgers mustered only a solo homer by Adrian Gonzalez into the second deck in right field.
Fiers outdueled former Brewers pitcher Zack Greinke (12-8), who gave up Gomez’s homer off the left-field foul pole that made it 3-1 leading off the sixth.
The Dodgers brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth with two outs against Francisco Rodriguez, but the closer got Matt Kemp to ground out for his 35th save.
The right-handed Fiers caught the Dodgers chasing 90-mph fastballs high and away early in the game for strikeouts. Besides Gonzalez’s team-high 17th homer in the fourth, the only other hits allowed by Fiers were singles by Dee Gordon and Matt Kemp.
Otherwise, Fiers threw a gem. He had given up seven runs in 1 2/3 innings in his last major league start on June 2, 2013, against the Phillies, before sustaining a season-ending injury nearly two weeks later in the minors when a line drive broke his right forearm.
Fiers induced 12 groundball outs Saturday and had the Dodgers walking back to the dugout in frustration. Los Angeles shortstop Miguel Rojas slammed his bat into the ground after a called third strike in the third.
Fiers pumped his right arm and got a standing ovation after striking out pinch-hitter Justin Turner to end the eighth.
Greinke pitched for the Brewers in 2011 and part of 2012 before going to the Angels in a deal that sent shortstop Jean Segura to Milwaukee. Now with the Dodgers, Greinke took his second straight loss at Miller Park after winning his first 15 decisions there.
Davis hit a two-run shot for his 19th homer of the season in the second.
Dodgers: Shortstop Hanley Ramirez had an MRI Saturday after leaving Friday night’s game with soreness in his right rib cage muscle, though manager Don Mattingly didn’t have the results before the game. Mattingly said he thought Ramirez might have an “oblique-type” injury.
Brewers: Garza, who went on the disabled list Tuesday with a strained left rib cage muscle, hasn’t started throwing yet but is doing exercises. Manager Ron Roenicke said he thought Garza might need more than the minimum 15 days to recover.
Dodgers: Ace Clayton Kershaw (13-2) will try to help the Dodgers avoid a three-game sweep. The left-hander hasn’t lost since May 28, going 10-0 in his last 12 starts.
Brewers: Right-hander Jimmy Nelson (2-2) will try to extend his streak of three straight quality starts.