- Associated Press - Saturday, August 9, 2014

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Zack Greinke thought his 1-2 pitch in the second inning to Khris Davis felt right when it left his right hand.

It turned out to be a big mistake - one of several for Greinke. He gave up homers to Davis and Carlos Gomez in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 4-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night.

Greinke allowed eight hits and four runs in six innings. Even though he struck out six, Greinke pointed to Davis’ homer as an example of the tough night he had against his former team.

“He just set a surprise on me” and catcher A.J. Ellis, Greinke said “There were plenty of mistakes throughout the game besides that one. That was upsetting because it was exactly what I wanted to do.”

Mike Fiers held the Dodgers to three hits in his first big league start in more than a year. Fiers (1-1) struck out five in eight strong innings, filling in for injured veteran Matt Garza, and gave up just a solo homer to Adrian Gonzalez into the second deck in right field.

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.

“We didn’t do a whole lot to help” Greinke, manager Don Mattingly said.

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 pumped his arms after stepping off the mound and got a standing ovation after striking out pinch-hitter Justin Turner to end the eighth.

“It’s unbelievable,” Fiers said about the rousing applause. “It’s what you dream of as a kid, especially those situations - close game, eighth inning trying to get to the best closer in the league.”

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.


Gomez turned the first pitch from Greinke in the bottom of the sixth into a home run that caromed off the left-field foul pole. Three batters later, Aramis Ramirez followed with a run-scoring single that provided Milwaukee with a three-run cushion.

“It’s not easy,” manager Ron Roenicke said about beating Greinke. “He really understands what he’s doing out there. He’s got great command. When you’re talking about command of a baseball, he’s usually as good as there is.”

Ramirez went 3 for 4 and extended his hitting streak to 11.


DODGERS: Shortstop Hanley Ramirez had an MRI Saturday after leaving Friday night’s game with soreness in his right rib cage muscle, though 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. 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.


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