Through five innings of Tuesday’s game, the Los Angeles Dodgers appeared as though they would squander another strong start from an ace, this time Zack Greinke. The Milwaukee Brewers capitalized on a Joc Pederson error in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead, which was the score when the sixth inning began.
While Matt Garza wasn’t as dominant as Greinke, he kept the Dodgers scoreless and largely avoided trouble through five innings. That changed in the sixth beginning with a Howie Kendrick one-out single, followed by an Adrian Gonzalez walk.
Justin Turner delivered the big blow — a three-run home run — that gave the Dodgers their first lead of the game. Garza made it through the inning, but gave way to Rob Wooten in the seventh. After allowing a one-out double to Greinke, Wooten was replaced by Neal Cotts.
The left-hander surrendered a two-run home run to Jimmy Rollins and soon after, a two-run shot to Gonzalez that bounced off the high wall/scoreboard beyond the center field fence. The home run was Gonzalez’s ninth of the season, tying him with Todd Frazier of the Cincinnati Reds for most in the National League.
Gonzalez named Miller Park as a setting he enjoys hitting in, but regularly had the bat taken out of his hands through the first two games of the series up to that point. Prior to his seventh inning at-bat Tuesday, Gonzalez was 0-for-1 in seven plate appearances with five walks, one hit by pitch and one strikeout.