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Recap: Turner Hits Go-Ahead Home Run, Greinke Remains Perfect



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Grandal hit a leadoff double in the fifth and took third on Guerrero’s grounder. Grandal appeared to hurt his left knee as he arrived at third base, which prompted trainer Stan Conte to emerge from the dugout and check on him.

Grandal remained in the game, but he wouldn’t score as Greinke grounded out on the first pitch he saw and Pederson lined out to end the inning. After Scooter Gennett hit a bloop single to lead off the bottom of the fifth Greinke retired the next three batters he faced, two of which were by strikeout.

Kendrick hit a one-out single in the sixth and Gonzalez drew a walk to give the Dodgers just their third threat in the game. Turner worked a patient at-bat before driving Garza’s 3-1 pitch over the center field wall for a three-run home run that gave the Dodgers a 3-1 lead.

Pitching with his first lead of the game, Greinke threw a shutdown inning in the bottom of the seventh that included both Gomez and Braun flying out on the first pitch of their respective at-bats. Rob Wooten took over Garza in the seventh, gave up a one-out double to Greinke and was promptly replaced by Neal Cotts.

The Brewers’ left-hander struck out Pederson but surrendered a two-run home run to Rollins after getting two strikes on the veteran shortstop. Cotts’ trouble continued as Kendrick drew a walk and Gonzalez hit a two-run home run, also with two strikes, high off the center field wall.

Cotts walked Turner before getting Ethier to ground out and allowing the Dodgers to extend their lead to 7-1. Greinke issued a leadoff walk to Adam Lind in the bottom of the seventh but quickly erased Lind on a 5-4-3 double play. Gennett then ended the inning on a groundout to Turner.

Jeremy Jeffress came on in the eighth and struck out the side. With Pedro Baez warming up, Greinke remained on the mound and retired the first two batters he faced before issuing a two-out walk. With Greinke up to 103 pitches, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly lifted his starter, whose 7.2 innings pitched marked the longest outing from any Dodgers pitcher this season.

Baez faced Gomez and struck out the Brewers’ center fielder on a high fastball. Michael Blazek walked Pederson to open the ninth and allowed a one-out infield single to Kendrick on the 10th pitch of the at-bat. Turner singled with two outs into shallow right field that Gennett tracked down but didn’t have a play anywhere.

Rollins scored and the Dodgers lead grew to 8-1, which prompted another pitching change from Brewers manager Craig Counsell. Will Smith came on in relief and got Ethier to fly out. Daniel Coulombe, who was recalled from Triple-A Monday, made his 2015 debut with the Dodgers in the ninth.

Coulombe issued a one-out walk to Bruan on four pitches and later gave up an RBI double to Ramirez before recording the final out of the 8-2 win. The road win is just the Dodgers’ fourth this season.

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