Going into the final game before the All-Star break the Los Angeles Dodgers sat at 50-39 with a comfortable 4.5 game lead over the San Francisco Giants in the National League West. They looked to add to that and finish strong heading into the break on Sunday in the rubber match against the Milwaukee Brewers. Brett Anderson, who has been one of the Dodgers most pleasant surprises this season staying healthy and pitching well, made his final start of the first half. Starting for the Brewers was veteran right-hander Kyle Lohse.
After getting two groundouts to begin the game, Anderson left a breaking pitch up and Ryan Braun crushed a solo homer to right-center. He then struck out Carlos Gomez to end the inning.
Jimmy Rollins, who led off for the Dodgers for the first time since April 28, hit a double off the right field wall to start things off in the bottom of the first. With two outs Justin Turner knocked a base hit up then middle, scoring Rollins and tying the game at one. Anderson was then flawless in the top of the second, getting two groundouts and a strikeout.
Lohse also retired the side in order in the bottom of the second, thanks to a couple nice defensive plays. The Brewers jumped back out in front in the top of the third when Hernan Perez led off the inning with a homer to left. Anderson gave up a couple more hits in the inning, but was able to limit the Brewers to just the one run giving them 2-1 lead midway through three.
After the Dodgers were unable to answer in the bottom of the third, Anderson gave up three straight singles to load up the bases to start the fourth. Perez then hit into a 4-6 fielder’s choice to bring home another run. Kyle Lohse then laid down a bunt that Aramis Ramirez attempted to score on, but Anderson made a nice play to get him at home. Anderson got Khris Davis to groundout to end the inning, but the Brewers tacked on another run and led 3-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth.
Turner hit a one-out double off Lohse, but that was the only offense the Dodgers were able to muster in the fourth. Anderson also gave up a hit in the top of the fifth but got Braun to hit into a double play ending any possible threat.
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