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08/05/09 3:55 AM ET
Brewers left frustrated after rout in LA
Gallardo allows nine runs; Fielder runs hot after plunking
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- The Brewers were on the business end of the Dodgers' most prolific home game in 30 years, and they weren't very happy about it. Yovani Gallardo called it his worst start of the year after setting season highs for hits and runs allowed, and Prince Fielder vented his frustration in a bizarre scene outside the Dodgers clubhouse following Milwaukee's 17-4 loss on Tuesday night. "We got beat up pretty bad," Brewers center fielder Mike Cameron said. Fielder apparently wanted to return the favor. He was upset after being plunked by former teammate Guillermo Mota with two outs in the ninth inning and took his case to the door of Dodger Stadium's home clubhouse before teammates pulled the big first baseman back. Fielder drove in one of the Brewers' three runs in the fifth inning as they briefly cut the deficit to 4-3, but that was as close as they would get. Manny Ramirez homered in the bottom of the inning for his first RBI in 11 games, then added a two-run double in a seven-run Dodgers sixth inning that put the game away. Ramirez batted again in the seventh inning and was hit by a Chris Smith pitch, one of two Dodgers batters plunked in the game. "It was a tough game," Fielder said in a postgame interview that lasted all of four quick questions before a club official broke it up. "They scored a lot of runs on us and we weren't able to score." When the Dodgers had finally stopped circling the bases -- their 17 runs set a season high and marked their best output in a home game since May 25, 1979 -- Milwaukee was left five games behind the co-leading Cubs and Cardinals in the National League Central. Both of those division rivals won earlier in the day. Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp matched career highs with four hits and five RBIs and six of L.A.'s eight position starters had at least two hits. The 17 runs were the most allowed by the Brewers this season. Pitching coach Bill Castro's staff has surrendered at least five runs in 12 of 19 games since the All-Star break, including eight or more runs eight times. "I don't know what to tell you on that," Brewers manager Ken Macha said. "We got a good start from Manny Parra [on Monday]. We got a couple of good starts in San Diego before that." Gallardo (10-8) surrendered four runs in the first inning but then pitched well into the sixth, when the Dodgers sent 12 men to the plate and erupted for seven runs with help from some shoddy Brewers defense. Matt Kemp, who sparked the inning with a double, hit a two-out fly ball to left-center field that should have easily ended a four-run inning. Instead, it dropped between left fielder Ryan Braun and center fielder Mike Cameron as two more runs scored, and Russell Martin added an RBI single. "It ran away from us a little bit," Macha said. What happened between Braun and Cameron? "It's a miscommunication, that's all," Cameron said. "Everything is good." Gallardo suffered his first loss since the All-Star break after allowing nine runs on 10 hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. "As soon as I came out of the game, I knew right away that was the worst start I've had this year," he said. "I was just upset, mad at myself for leaving pitches out over the [strike] zone." The rubber match of the series is Wednesday night. They Brewers have not won a series since taking two of three games from the Mets from June 29-July 1. "It's been a little rough, but it's got to turn around," Gallardo said. "We're working hard. We're doing everything possible. Things seem not to be going our way." Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda limited the damage to three runs on nine hits in six innings for the win while practicing damage control. The Brewers left the bases loaded in the fourth inning, then had seven consecutive at-bats with runners in scoring position in the fifth and settled for three runs. Wednesday's series finale figures to be interesting. Fielder has played every inning of every game this season, and Macha said he'll be back in the lineup. "Things are not forgotten fast, and we're going to play a little bit harder tomorrow," said Bill Hall, who helped restrain Fielder at the door of the Dodgers clubhouse. "We want to do to them what they did to us today. That's bigger than some of the best revenge you can get."
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.