Things seemed to be going so well for the Dodgers on Saturday, they could almost momentarily forget their burgeoning injury list.
The kid called up as an emergency starter and making his first start in the majors, Matt Magill, was pitching wonderfully, and they had rallied for a 3-2 lead going into the seventh.
Alas, the happy story line ultimately fell the Brewers’ way when they rallied with a pair of two-run homers off reliever Matt Guerrier for a 6-4 victory before a Dodger Stadium crowd of 50,224.
The Brewers opened the scoring, aided by a pair of poor throws by the Dodgers in the third. Magill walked Norichika Aoki with one out, and he was singled to second by Carlos Gomez.
Ryan Braun hit a slow comebacker and Magill mistakenly tried to get the speedy Gomez at second. His throw was late. Yuniesky Betancourt, batting cleanup for the Brewers, looped a single to center to score one.
Rickie Weeks followed with a bouncer to Juan Uribe at third.
It appeared Uribe had Gomez out at the plate, but he never looked home and threw to second for the force. Weeks easily beat the relay for the would-be double play, and Milwaukee led 2-0.
The Dodgers got one back in the bottom of the inning when Uribe led off with a double and was sacrificed to third by a Magill bunt. A.J. Ellis blooped a single over second baseman Weeks to score Uribe.
The Dodgers tied it in the fourth after Matt Kemp singled and stole second. Shortstop Alex Gonzalez threw Skip Schumaker’s grounder into the Milwaukee dugout for an error to allow Kemp to score.
The Dodgers took their 3-2 lead in the sixth when Kemp and Schumaker led off with singles. Kemp tagged and took third on a Jerry Hairston Jr. fly out to center and scored when Luis Cruz grounded out to second. Cruz, however, is now 0 for 19 with runners in scoring position.
Magill, 23, went 6 2/3 strong innings for the Dodgers, holding the Brewers to the pair of runs on four hits. He allowed two walks and struck out seven, in just a really nice overall major league debut. Particularly since he was just called up Saturday to replace Stephen Fife (shoulder bursitis).
But as soon as Magill was lifted with two outs in the seventh, the Dodgers got into trouble. Paco Rodriguez came on to face Aoki, who dragged a bunt for a single and took second on a Schumaker throwing error.
Manager Don Mattingly called on Guerrier to face Gomez, which turned into one very bad move. Gomez jumped on Guerrier fast ball for a two-run homer, giving the Brewers back the lead.
Milwaukee added two more in the eighth on a two-run homer off Guerrier by Martin Maldonado. It was his first homer of the season.
Andre Ethier got one run back in the bottom of the inning on a solo homer, his team-high third home run of the year.