Nine-run inning sparks Brewers
Chris Narveson (2-0) allowed three runs and four hits over six innings with three strikeouts and two walks in his second start since replacing an ineffective Jeff Suppan in the rotation.
The Dodgers scored their runs against Narveson on two sacrifice flies and a groundout, after falling behind 10-0. James Loney added a three-run homer in the eighth against Manny Parra.
Clayton Kershaw (1-2) threw 57 pitches in just 1 1/3 innings and retired only four of the 13 batters he faced. 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 and was shut out three times.
The Brewers also had a nine-run eighth inning in their 17-3 victory over Pittsburgh on April 26. The last time that happened to the Dodgers was June 11, 2002, when they gave up nine in the fifth inning of an 11-2 interleague loss at Tampa Bay.
No visiting team had scored nine or more runs in one inning at Dodger Stadium since St. Louis scored 11 in the third on April 23, 1999.
Alcides Escobar opened the scoring with an RBI single, and another run scored when Carlos Gomez was hit on the left arm by a 1-2 pitch with the bases loaded. Braun followed with a three-run double and Fielder chased Kershaw with his third home run. Zaun capped the rally with his first of the season, a towering shot down the right field line against Ramon Ortiz after a single by Corey Hart.
The Brewers made their first trip to Los Angeles since August, when Fielder tried to barge into the Dodgers’ clubhouse after a 17-4 loss in the second game of a three-game series and was stopped by security guards during a profanity-laced tirade that was captured by a TV news crew. Reliever Guillermo Mota, who sparked Fielder’s ire by plunking him with two out in the ninth, is now pitching for San Francisco.
Dodgers left fielder Manny Ramirez, sidelined since April 23 with a right calf strain, began a minor league rehab assignment with Class-A Inland Empire and had an RBI single in three at-bats as a DH against Lake Elsinore. In the same game, Jeff Weaver allowed two unearned runs over three innings and struck out three in preparation for his scheduled return from the DL on Friday.