One day after withstanding a strong outing from Clayton Kershaw to come away with a win, the Milwaukee Brewers faced Zack Greinke and the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are still searching for success on the road.
Whereas Joc Pederson led off Monday’s game with a solo home run, Matt Garza struck out the rookie center fielder for the first out Tuesday. Jimmy Rollins’ attempt to reach on a bunt single was thwarted and Howie Kendrick lined out to end a scoreless first inning.
Greinke got Carlos Gomez to pop out, struck out Gerardo Parra on called strike three and Ryan Braun hit back to the box for the final out. Adrian Gonzalez drew a leadoff walk in the second inning, which was his fourth in five plate appearances in the series up to that point; he was hit by a pitch Monday.
Justin Turner lined a single to center field, but was erased on Andre Ethier’s force out that left runners on the corners. Garza escaped the small jam by striking out Yasmani Grandal and Alex Guerrero.
Aramis Ramirez hit a one-out single in the bottom of the second and later scored on Jean Segura’s two-out fly ball to center field that Pederson lost in the lights and failed to corral the ball despite managing to get his glove on it, resulting in an error and unearned run.
After Greinke hit back to Garza on the first pitch he saw, Pederson drew a one-out walk in the third. Rollins drove a ball to deep center and Kendrick struck out, stranding Pederson and leaving the Dodgers with a 1-0 deficit.
Greinke retired the side in order in the bottom of the third, collecting his third strikeout of the game and keeping the Dodgers within a run of the Brewers. Gonzalez chased a pitch low and away for the first out in the fourth and Garza got Justin Turner to fly out before flashing some leather to stop a grounder hit between his legs and he easily threw over to first base to end the inning.
Turner laid out for a diving catch in foul territory as part of another scoreless inning for Greinke, who retired seven straight batters and ran his strikeout total to four through four innings.
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