- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Joe Weiland wanted to impress the Los Angeles Dodgers, making his first start of the season after being called up from the minor leagues earlier Wednesday.

After facing only four Milwaukee batters, it was obvious he was making the wrong impact.

Weiland allowed a pair of two-run home runs and five runs in the first inning, helping the Milwaukee Brewers cruise to a 6-3 win.

“You know he’s wanting to make a good impression and have a good start,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “It just didn’t go his way early.”

Wieland (0-1), obtained in the of-season trade that sent Matt Kemp to San Diego, was the ninth pitcher to start for the Dodgers in the first 27 games. The right-hander made four appearances for the Padres last year after missing 16 months recovering from Tommy John surgery.

“There were some nerves in the first for sure,” Wieland said. “But I can’t let that affect me; that shouldn’t affect me. My bullpen before the game was great. I just fell behind in the first, and when that happens here and you don’t make a good pitch, you get in trouble.”

Trouble found him quickly. He allowed a leadoff single to Carlos Gomez, and Scooter Gennett hit his first home run of the year to make it 2-0. Ryan Braun then walked and scored on Adam Lind’s fifth homer.

“I take away those two pitches, it’s a totally different first inning,” Wieland said.

By the end of the first, the Dodgers were losing 5-0 and never recovered. Wily Peralta (1-4) pitched eight solid innings and Francisco Rodriguez worked the ninth for his sixth save.

“To me, it was just easy, effortless and great life in the zone,” new Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said of Peralta. “It was a really easy effort how he pitched tonight. He was in control. No walks was great. He just did it with ease tonight.”

Milwaukee (9-19) has won four of five, but still has the worst record in the majors.

Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers went 3 for 4 and is 4 for 6 with five walks, a home run, a double and was hit by a pitch in the first three games of the series.


Joc Pederson hit two home runs for the Dodgers. Each of his last seven hits have been homers and he has nine for the season. He also made a great catch near the wall in center field in the sixth on a long drive by Peralta.


Brewers broadcaster and funnyman Bob Uecker was locked in the radio booth at Miller Park when the door handle broke during the sixth inning. The 80-year-old known for his wit made a joke out of it, of course. “People who are listening to the ballgame, I know what you’re thinking: ‘He’s ready for the (nursing) home. He’s cooked. It’s finally happened. He’s seeing ladders and doors without handles.’ ” When the door wouldn’t open from the outside, a long, red ladder was brought to the walkway on the loge level and an employee climbed through the large front windowless opening of the booth to remove the hinges in the seventh inning.


Dodgers: OF Yasiel Puig, on the 15-day DL with a hamstring injury, is expected to be the DH for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday when the team hosts Visalia. Closer Kenley Jansen, on the DL recovering from foot surgery, allowed three runs in just two-thirds of an inning during a rehab outing Wednesday for Rancho Cucamonga. He is expected to pitch in another rehab game Saturday.

Brewers: Reliever Jim Henderson allowed three runs, two hits and five walks in just 1 1/3 innings during a rehab start for Triple-A Colorado Springs at Memphis on Wednesday night. He has pitched in eight rehab games while recovering from right shoulder inflammation.


Dodgers: Mattingly said he likely would rest some of his starters, including SS Jimmy Rollins, during the finale of the four-game series on Thursday. Carlos Frias is scheduled to start for the Dodgers.

Brewers: RHP Mike Fiers will start Thursday. He is 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA in three games against the Dodgers in his career.

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