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Adrian Gonzalez leads Dodgers to 7-5 comeback win over Brewers

April 26, 2013|By Steve Dilbeck
  • Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez hits an RBI double in the fifth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez hits an RBI double in the fifth inning… (Stephen Dunn / Getty Images )

On a night when the Dodgers committed four errors and hot-hitting Mark Ellis was lost to a strained quadriceps, they actually found something to feel good about.

Adrian Gonzalez continued his strong start with a pair of run-producing doubles, the second which scored the tying and winning runs in the Dodgers’ 7-5 comeback win Friday over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Gonzalez has not disappointed early in the 2013 season. He leads the Dodgers in hitting (.363) and RBI (17).

After blowing an early 2-0 lead, the Dodgers rallied twice to earn Friday’s victory against a Brewers team that had won nine of their last 10.

Josh Beckett started well for the Dodgers, which is sort of becoming his thing. Through the first four innings in his five starts this season, Beckett has a 2.70 ERA. From the fifth inning on, he has a 7.94 ERA.

Beckett did not allow a hit through three innings and seemed firmly in command. But after recording 11 consecutive outs, he gave up a solo home run to Ryan Braun in the fourth. Then in the fifth he gave up another, this time to Yuniesky Betancourt lead off the inning with a solo shot.

Beckett gave up another run in the inning after Alex Gonzalez singled and right-hander Hiram Burgos’ bunt sacrificed him to second. Jean Segura’s basehit scored Gonzalez.

Beckett went 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and a pair of walks. He struck out five.

Burgos, making only his second major-league start, went six innings for the Brewers. He allowed three runs on four hits, two walks and hit a batter, while striking out three.

The Dodgers opened the scoring with a run in the first when Andre Ethier singled in Mark Ellis and went up 2-0 when Carl Crawford hit a solo home run in the third.

After the Brewers went up 3-2 in the fifth, the Dodgers tied it back up in the bottom of the inning. After Burgos hit Crawford with a pitch, Gonzalez hit the first of his two doubles to score Crawford.

Briefly it appeared Matt Kemp would be the game’s goat, after he failed to get his glove down on a Norichika Aoki hit that allowed Gonzalez to score and give Milwaukee a 4-3 lead. The ball rolled past Kemp and had to be retrieved by Ethier, who came over from right field.

But Gonzalez wasn’t done. In the bottom of the seventh Justin Sellers led off with a single and was sacrifice to second on a Jerry Hairston Jr. bunt. Nick Punto — who came in to replace Mark Ellis — drew a two-out walk to bring up Gonzalez.

And he responded by lining a two-run double off a backpedaling Carlos Gomez in center. Gomez didn’t get the best jump, but actually had retreated in time to make the catch but the ball appeared to go off his extended left wrist.

The Dodgers added a pair of runs in the eighth. Luis Cruz singled and Justin Sellers doubled him to third. Cruz scored on a Jerry Hairston Jr. groundout and Sellers on a single by Crawford.

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