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Milwaukee brews up more magic, beats LA in ninth

Aug 17, 2011 - 3:50 AM Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay singled with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Milwaukee Brewers over the Los Angeles Dodgers, 2-1, in the second test of a four-game series.

Hong-Chih Kuo (0-2) started on the mound for the Dodgers in the ninth. Prince Fielder walked before Mike MacDougal came in from the bullpen. Casey McGehee singled and Yuniesky Betancourt walked to load the bases with no outs, then Kotsay followed with the game-winning hit up the middle.

Corey Hart drove in the other run for the Brewers, who have won five in a row to build a seven-game lead over the Cardinals -- who lost in Pittsburgh -- in the NL Central.

"You can't let up," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "You have to win every ballgame."

Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo gave up one run on four hits over eight innings. He struck out nine and walked one. Takashi Saito (4-1) pitched a perfect ninth to pick up the win.

Aaron Miles drove in the lone run for the Dodgers, who have lost two in a row since a three-game winning streak.

LA starter Chad Billingsley allowed one run on four hits over seven innings. He struck out five and walked two.

"We didn't have too many shots at him (Gallardo) tonight," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "It's been tough for us to push across runs on a consistent basis."

The Brewers had a great chance to get on the board in the first inning, loading the bases with two outs. Betancourt struck out swinging to end the threat.

Each team scored a run in the second. Matt Kemp got the top half of the frame started with a single. He stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Miles' base hit to left.

The Brewers got the run right back in the home half. Jerry Hairston Jr. singled and Jonathan Lucroy walked. The runners advanced to second and third on a sacrifice bunt. Hart followed with an RBI groundout to make it a 1-1 game.

Milwaukee failed to score in the sixth after Fielder led off with a double. Fielder went to third on McGehee's groundout, but was caught trying to steal home. Betancourt lined out to end the frame.

The Dodgers had a chance to break the tie in the eighth. With two outs, pinch- hitter Trent Oeltjen walked and Tony Gwynn Jr. singled to put men on the corners. Gwynn stole second before Casey Blake struck out swinging.

Game Notes

The Brewers have taken three of four from the Dodgers this season...Milwaukee went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight...Ryan Braun had two of Milwaukee's six hits.