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Brewers pull away from Dodgers with late runs

It was a case of better late than never for the Milwaukee Brewers' offense on Friday night.

Stifled for most of the first six innings by starter Roberto Hernandez, the Brewers broke out for seven runs over the final two against the Los Angeles Dodgers' bullpen en route to a 9-3 victory in front of a crowd of 37,434 at Miller Park.

Milwaukee has now won two straight and three of four, while increasing its record against National League West opponents to 15-6.

The decisive seventh inning was a 53-minute affair that saw seven pitchers take the mound, although Brewers starter Kyle Lohse never actually threw a pitch.

After the Dodgers scored a pair in the top half to take a 3-2 lead, the Brewers responded with four in the bottom to regain control.

Shortstop Justin Turner, who got the rally started for Los Angeles with a pinch-hit single, made a nice play by robbing Aramis Ramirez with a diving stab of his line drive in the hole.

Pinch-hitter Rickie Weeks followed by drawing a walk from J.P. Howell. Mark Reynolds also entered the game as a pinch hitter, and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly countered with Brandon League.

Reynolds chopped one up the middle that went off Turner's glove and into center for a base hit, leaving runners on the corners for Martin Maldonado. He dropped down a bunt to the right of the mound that League tried scooping home but failed as Weeks slid in headfirst to tie the game at 3.

After Elian Herrera flied out to center, pinch-hitter Khris Davis followed with a grounder up the middle that Turner booted, loading the bases for Gomez. In keeping with the theme, he hit a slow chopper to Turner that he fielded only to see first baseman Adrian Gonzalez unable to come up with the short hop.

Reynolds scored to make it, 4-3, and Gerardo Parra followed with a two-run single to center to stretch the advantage to three runs.

A three-run homer by Weeks in the eighth off Carlos Frias capped the scoring.

Milwaukee got off to a great start against Hernandez, whom the Dodgers acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies in a trade on Thursday.

After Gomez flied out to lead off, Parra blooped a single to left-center and went to third on a double by Braun. Ramirez followed with a single to left to score Parra and give the Brewers the early lead.

Braun moved to third on Ramirez's single, and then came in to score on a fly ball to center by Scooter Gennett one batter later.

Little did anyone know that beginning with that fly-ball out, Hernandez was at the outset of a stretch of domination that saw him set down the final 17 Brewers batters he faced.

Lohse, while not nearly as economical, still maintained that lead until the sixth, when Gonzalez led off the frame with a booming home run to right to make it 2-1.

Hernandez finished the sixth at just 65 pitches, but Mattingly chose to pull him for Turner with his spot due up to lead off the seventh.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke responded by bringing in Rob Wooten, who surrendered a single to center that kick-started a two-run rally and put the Dodgers in front for the first time, 3-2.

Gonzalez drove in the tying run with a single to right off Zach Duke, and pinch-hitter Andre Ethier's infield single off Jeremy Jeffress provided the go-ahead run.

The inning might have ended much worse were it not for a terrific defensive play by Herrera, who speared Matt Kemp's line drive with a dive and flipped over to Gennett covering at second to double off Hernandez.

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