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Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Clayton Kershaw fired a three-hit complete game, and Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp homered, as the Los Angeles Dodgers edged the Milwaukee Brewers, 3-1, to start a three-game set at Miller Park.
Kershaw (5-2) walked one and had five strikeouts to earn his 10th career complete game. He was one out shy of going the distance in his most recent start, last Tuesday against the Washington Nationals.
"It's pretty amazing to play defense behind him," Ethier said of Kershaw. "You thank your lucky stars you don't have to face him. It feels good, but we still need to score more runs for him."
Ethier tacked on an RBI triple for the Dodgers, who were swept in a three-game set at Atlanta over the weekend.
Yovani Gallardo (3-4) surrendered eight hits and three runs and had seven strikeouts over six innings for the Brewers. He's lost three consecutive starts.
Gallardo exited after throwing 105 pitches with just 57 for strikes.
"I think his pitch count is always up in the past because he's a strikeout pitcher," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "I think Yo will get better than that and will be able to go deeper. His command is getting better and he had more life on his fastball."
Norichika Aoki drove in the lone run for Milwaukee, which fell to 3-15 this month.
The Dodgers have a lot to look forward to Tuesday when Zack Greinke pitches against his former team in a ballpark where he has thrived. Greinke, who pitched for the Brewers in 2011 and part of last season, is 15-0 in 24 games (23 starts) in the regular season at Miller Park.
Kemp walked to start the second inning and Ethier tripled to right field when the ball took an odd bounce off the wall and away from Aoki.
Gallardo's sacrifice bunt moved Rickie Weeks and Yuniesky Betancourt into scoring position in the third, but the Brewers managed only one run thanks to Aoki's groundout to second. Jean Segura struck out looking to end the inning.
Ethier homered to right field with one out in the fourth for a 2-1 lead and Kemp went deep to left leading off the sixth. It was his second homer of the year and first since April 24.
Aramis Ramirez narrowly missed a homer down the left field line in the ninth, and after the foul ball he struck out.
Game Notes: Kershaw, who threw 75 of his 107 pitches for strikes, is 3-0 over his last six starts and hasn't lost since April 17 against San Diego ... The Dodgers have activated pitcher Ted Lilly from the 15-day disabled list. The 37-year-old Lilly landed on the DL, retroactively to April 30, with a right rib cage strain. To make room for the veteran left-hander, the Dodgers optioned Matt Magill to Triple-A Albuquerque ... Hiram Burgos starts for Milwaukee Tuesday.
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Dodgers have activated pitcher Ted Lilly from the 15-day disabled list.
The 37-year-old Lilly landed on the DL, retroactively to April 30, with a right rib cage strain. He has made two starts for the Dodgers in 2013 after opening the season on the DL while recovering from left shoulder labrum surgery.
To make room for the veteran left-hander, the Dodgers optioned Matt Magill to Triple-A Albuquerque. The 23-year-old righty, in his first action at the big league level, did not record a decision in four starts for Los Angeles.
DanPatrick.com - FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal joined the show to talk about Don Mattingly’s future as manager of the Dodgers.
Rosenthal said someone has to pay for the Dodgers’ struggles: “Who always goes first? It’s the manager.”
Rosenthal said that he notices some flaws with how Mattingly handles the bullpen. “It’s hard to know where the bullpen problem stars and where the manager contributes,” Rosenthal said.
Rosenthal said that players may be too comfortable around Mattingly, who is very supportive.
(Sports Network) - Lefty Clayton Kershaw can make it six starts since his last loss on Monday night, when the Los Angeles Dodgers visit Miller Park to open a three-game set with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Kershaw, who won the National League's Cy Young Award last season, was just 2-2 through four starts this season before beginning a stretch that's seen him go 2-0 with three no-decisions in five subsequent starts.
He defeated Washington, 2-0, on May 14, allowing five hits and striking out 11 in 8 2/3 scoreless innings, which lowered his earned run average for the season from 1.62 to 1.40.
The Dodgers are 5-4 in the nine games he's pitched.
Kershaw, who is 3-3 in seven career starts against Milwaukee, tossed eight scoreless innings with 12 strikeouts in a 2-0 defeat of the Brewers on April 28 in Los Angeles.
The Brewers counter with streaky Mexican righty Yovani Gallardo, who's gone three starts without a victory.
He began the season with three winless starts, then won three in a row from April 18-29, before going 0-2 with a no-decision in his last three.
Gallardo allowed two runs on three hits in six innings of a 3-1 loss at Pittsburgh in his last start on May 15.
He's 1-3 in six lifetime meetings with Los Angeles.
On Sunday in Atlanta, the Braves had a four-run rally in the eighth inning and swept a three-game series against the Dodgers with a 5-2 win.
Adrian Gonzalez drove in two runs for the Dodgers, who mustered just three hits. Starter Matt Magill allowed just one unearned run on four hits and three walks over five frames.
"I think every time I go out there, I feel more comfortable," said Magill. "Just working on my pitches. Just try to go out there every time, do my job, and help my team. That's all i can do."
In St. Louis, the Cardinals used a four-run fourth to beat the Brewers, 4-2, in the rubber match of a three-game series.
Yuniesky Betancourt and Jeff Bianchi each had an RBI for the Brewers, who went 2-8 on a 10-game road trip.
Kyle Lohse (1-5) got the start for Milwaukee and gave up four runs on eight hits over six innings against his former team. The right-hander enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career last year with the Cardinals, as he posted a 16-3 mark to go along with a 2.86 ERA.
"Anytime Kyle's on the mound you know he's going to compete," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "He's one of the best pitchmakers in the game and once he starts hitting his spots, he's tough."
The Dodgers won two of three from the Brewers in a late April series this season, while Milwaukee won six of seven games between the teams in 2012.
ATLANTA -- The Dodgers came to Atlanta with a measurable amount of momentum on their side, having won four of their past five games. Manager Don Mattingly spoke hopefully of "a window of opportunity."
The Dodgers left the Peach State Sunday night after three disappointing, debilitating and ultimately depressing defeats. Their bullpen lost late leads in all three games. Much is expected of the Dodgers, but so far this season they have delivered only a 17-25 record.
An argument could be made that even in the midst of these losses at Turner Field, the Dodgers' starting rotation showed indications of developing something resembling good order. But, overall, there were more problems than solutions for the Dodgers in this series.
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Dodgers.com: ATLANTA -- Manager Don Mattingly's forensic study of Jordan Schafer's bloop single in a pivotal sixth inning Friday night revealed shortstop Dee Gordon was too aggressive.
"Dee was in the spot where Carl [Crawford] could catch the ball," Mattingly said. "Carl saw him and pulled up. You could see Carl almost come to a stop three strides before and the ball hits closer to his feet."
The single started a one-out rally that included an error by third baseman Luis Cruz and a grand slam by Justin Upton off left-handed reliever Paco Rodriguez, providing the decisive runs for Atlanta in an 8-5 Dodgers loss.
"I talked to Dee, and he said as soon as he peeled off, he felt he was in Carl's way," said Mattingly. "He knows he went too far. He was in no-man's land. It was kind of borderline. You want him to be aggressive, but you don't want bloopers dropping. It's a fine line. You want him to learn from it. You don't want to see it again. Part of it is knowing Carl plays shallow."
ATLANTA -- Yasiel Puig fanatics won't want to hear this, but the Minor League outfielder that could get the next call-up is Puig's Double-A Chattanooga teammate, Joc Pederson.
"Let's put it this way: I've seen three series at Triple-A and three series at Double-A, and Pederson is the best Minor League player I've seen this year," said Pat Corrales, special assistant to the general manager.
Corrales has worked for Dodgers president Stan Kasten in Atlanta and Washington, so it's presumed his voice carries significant weight.
"He just does everything better than everybody else," said Corrales. "He makes adjustments at bat and in the field. He's an outstanding center fielder. He has a knack for seeing the ball off the bat: He lowers his head and he's off to get the ball. He's hitting home runs, he's hitting with men on base. There's nothing he isn't doing."
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Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Justin Upton's been used to strolling around the bases by himself this season.
On Friday, his teammates joined and jogged along with him.
Upton smacked a no-doubt, go-ahead grand slam in the sixth inning that lifted the Atlanta Braves to an 8-5 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opener of a three-game set.
Eleven of Upton's 14 homers this year have come via the solo variety. He also added an RBI groundout.
"We came out and battled. We were behind a couple times but we were able to keep the bats going. Our relievers kept them off the board. When I hit the grand slam, it gave everybody a lift," Upton said.
Jason Heyward, who had been sidelined since undergoing an emergency appendectomy on April 22 in Denver, returned to the Braves' lineup and tallied two hits, two runs scored and an RBI for Atlanta, which had dropped five of its previous six contests.
The 23-year-old Heyward came into the tilt hitting just .121 with two home runs and five RBI in 17 games.
Paul Maholm (5-4) surrendered four runs -- two earned -- on eight hits and a walk in six innings, while Craig Kimbrel notched his 12th save after working around a leadoff single in the ninth.
Scott Van Slyke smacked a pair of solo shots for the Dodgers, who had won four of their last five games coming in.
Atlanta trailed 4-2 before going ahead in the sixth. Pinch-hitter Jordan Schafer hit a one-out single against Matt Guerrier and Andrelton Simmons reached on Luis Cruz's fielding error at third. Paco Rodriguez (0-2) replaced Guerrier on the mound and walked Heyward to load the bags.
Upton stepped up next and smashed a 1-1 fastball over the heart of the plate deep into the seats in left center to give Atlanta a 6-4 advantage.
"I left the ball over the middle of the plate and he hit it out," Rodriguez said.
The Braves added a pair of two-out runs in the seventh. Ramiro Pena cracked a triple into right center and scored when Carl Crawford misplayed Simmons' sinking liner to left. Simmons advanced to second on the play and was pushed across by Heyward, who lined a base hit to left to make it 8-4.
Van Slyke drilled a one-out solo homer to left center in the eighth to cut the gap to 8-5.
Earlier, LA struck first on Dee Gordon's RBI groundout in the second, but Atlanta countered for two runs in the third on Upton's run-scoring groundout and Freddie Freeman's RBI single to give the home team a 2-1 advantage.
The Dodgers answered in the fourth when Hyun-Jin Ryu and Crawford hit back-to- back RBI singles and Van Slyke's leadoff shot in the sixth gave LA its two-run margin heading into the home half.
Game Notes: To create a roster spot for Heyward, the club placed reliever Jordan Walden on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation ... The Braves were 3-for-8 with runners in scoring position ... The Dodgers' starter Ryu allowed two runs on five hits and five walks over five frames.