Brewers snap three-game slide behind Villar
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[June 17, 2016]
LOS ANGELES -- After being swept
in a three-game series in San Francisco over the weekend, the
Milwaukee Brewers opened a four-game set with the Los Angeles
Dodgers on a high note Thursday night.
Jonathan Villar hit the go-ahead home run in the ninth inning and
the Brewers snapped a three-game losing streak with an 8-6 victory
over the Dodgers on before 44,183 at Dodger Stadium.
"I'm happy for the home run and the team win today," Villar said.
Villar, who went 2-for-5 with two RBIs, a stolen base and his sixth
home run, drilled a two-run blast over the center-field wall off
reliever Pedro Baez (0-2) -- breaking a 6-6 tie -- to lift the
Brewers (31-36), winners of 14 of their last 20 games at Dodger
"It was a fun game on our end," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.
"But it was an interesting game, good game. A lot of big pitches,
lot of big plays. (Villar) really got that ball. It was a very well
Tyler Thornburg (3-1) set the Dodgers down in order in the eight for
the win. Jeremy Jeffress pitched a scoreless ninth before striking
out Corey Seager with the bases loaded for his 19th save.
Trayce Thompson homered for the Dodgers (35-33).
Howie Kendrick's RBI single scored Thompson and Joc Pederson's
run-scoring hit scored Kendrick to spark a three-run rally for Los
Angeles in the sixth. Justin Turner's sacrifice fly to left scored
Pederson and knotted the score at 6, but the Dodgers needed a review
to confirm it.
Yasmani Grandal attempted to advance to second on Turner's fly ball.
However, left fielder Ryan Braun threw out Grandal just as Pederson
touched home plate.
"Those plays are out of your hands as a manager when someone is
making the call 3,000 miles away," Counsell said, referring to New
York, where the review decisions are made.
Grandal's gaffe initiated a heated exchange between him and Turner
in the Dodgers' dugout.
"It was just one of those things where (Turner) thought 'Yaz'
should've went back to first and not continued and made that play as
close as it was," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "Yaz would tell
you, as the ball goes into second base he's gotta stop.
Scott Kazmir lasted four innings despite striking out eight,
including the last four batters he faced. Kazmir gave up three runs
on five hits with two walks. Kazmir yielded to reliever Casey Fien,
who served up homers to Aaron Hill and Chris Carter in a three-run
"It's on me. I put my team in a bad hole," Kazmir said.
Brewers starter Junior Guerra served up five runs on five hits with
four strikeouts and a walk in 5 1/3 innings. Guerra also hit a
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Jonathan Villar (5) is greeted by center fielder Ramon Flores (18)
after hitting a two run home run in the ninth inning against Los
Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A.
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The Brewers plated three runs in the third off Kazmir. Villar led
off the inning with an infield single followed by a walk to Hill.
After a double steal put runners at second and third, Jonathan
Lucroy laced a two-run single to right for a 2-0 Milwaukee advantage
with one out. Lucroy came home on a sacrifice fly by Hernan Perez.
However, Thompson's three-run shot -- his 11th long ball this season
-- to center in the bottom of the frame knotted the score 3-3.
Hill put the Brewers back on top, taking Fien deep into the
left-field bleachers for a solo blast and a 4-3 lead. For Hill, it
was his seventh homer this season. He also tagged Fien for his first
earned run in eight innings.
After Ryan Braun reached on an infield single, Carter smoked a line
drive over the wall in right-center for a two-run homer and a
three-run Brewers' cushion. It was the 18th home run of the season
But it was Villar who delivered the game-winner.
"That was clutch for us. He's been real good for us all year,"
Carter said of his teammate.
NOTES: A moment of silence was held before the game for victims of
Sunday's shooting in an Orlando nightclub, where 49 people were
killed. ... Dodgers RHP Kenta Maeda, who took a line drive off his
right leg Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, remains on
schedule to start Sunday. ... Dodgers INF Justin Turner was not in
the starting lineup. Howie Kendrick started as 3B. ... Brewers OF
Ryan Braun, a native of nearby Mission Hills, Calif., had hit safely
in 18 of his 22 career games at Dodger Stadium. ... Milwaukee closer
Jeremy Jeffress had not allowed a run or a walk on the road this
season heading into the game. ... Los Angeles signed first-round
pick Gavin Lux. RHP Zach Davies (5-3, 3.88 ERA) faces Dodgers LHP
Julio Urias (0-2, 5.82 ERA) on Friday.
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