first_imgAdrian Gonzalez nearly got to Milwaukee Brewers starter Kyle Lohse early. His first-inning fly ball into the left-field corner bounced off the wall, inches short of a home run. In the sixth inning, Gonzalez did plant a ball over the fence and into the second deck in right field.That brought the Dodgers within 2-1. In the top of the seventh inning, Gonzalez tied the game with an RBI single and the Dodgers took the lead on an RBI single by Andre Ethier. After starting slowly since being relegated to the bench, Ethier is now 5 for 15 with six RBIs as a pinch-hitter this season.Gonzalez went 3 for 3 with two RBIs. Since July 21, he’s batting .350.Thus ended the good.Hanley Ramirez walked in the first inning, then was removed with tightness in his right side. Ramirez said he suffered the injury swinging in the batting cage before the game and it continued to bother him whenever he swung or threw. MILWAUKEE >> The Dodgers made enough mistakes Friday to negate all that went right in their 9-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. That would have been hard to believe midway through the seventh inning, just before the bullpen took over with a 3-2 lead.First the good. Roberto Hernandez made his first start as a Dodger and made his new general manager look wise for acquiring him Thursday for two lower-level prospects. Hernandez pitched six strong innings but didn’t factor into the decision. The 33-year-old right-hander gave up two runs in the first inning, then retired the last 17 batters he faced. He allowed only three hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out five. The man he replaced in the rotation, Josh Beckett, hadn’t pitched that well in weeks.“The first inning, besides those two runs, I forgot about that,” Hernandez said. “In the second inning it was a new game.” “Donnie just wanted to be careful so he took me out of the game. … What he did, I think, was smart,” Ramirez said.Ramirez will undergo an MRI exam today. He’s managed to avoid the disabled list despite feeling intermittent pain in his shoulder and being a hit by pitch in St. Louis that caused his left hand to swell.Friday, he considered asking Mattingly to remove him from the starting lineup.“Obviously I want to be in there every day,” Ramirez said. “When things like this happen, it’s disappointing.”Without Ramirez, Mattingly had a choice. Miguel Rojas is the Dodgers’ best-fielding shortstop; Justin Turner is the club’s best-hitting shortstop by batting average. Since Hernandez is a ground-ball pitcher, Mattingly chose Rojas.“We trust JT,” Mattingly said. “He’s played good everywhere on the infield. He’s been real sure-handed.”Turner pinch-hit in the top of the seventh inning and responded with a single, then replaced Rojas at shortstop in the bottom of the inning.As baseball’s unwritten rules dictate, the ball found Turner right away. He dove to catch a line drive by Aramis Ramirez for the first out, only to commit two errors — one with his glove, another on a throw in the dirt. Another base hit up the middle went off Turner’s glove, and the Brewers scored four runs in the seventh inning. Only one was earned. Was it a classic case of the ball finding a player in his first inning off the bench?“It’s a classic case of I didn’t catch the (expletive) ball twice and I didn’t throw the ball to first base,” Turner said.Brandon League (2-3) was charged with three unearned runs and a blown save in two-thirds of an inning.Rookie Carlos Frias came in to pitch the eighth inning and allowed a three-run home run to Rickie Weeks that put the game out of reach.Combined with the San Francisco Giants’ loss to the Kansas City Royals, the Dodgers remained four games ahead of the Giants in the National League West.For Hernandez, it was an unusual introduction to his new team. In winning three straight games, the Dodgers had been finding ways to win — a walk-off ground ball; a dominant start by Dan Haren; a stellar defensive game.Friday, they found a way to lose.Hernandez said he was surprised by the trade but happy to join a team in the midst of a pennant race.“I’m more happy,” he said, “if my team wins.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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