Dodgers 5, Brewers 2

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LOS ANGELES (AP)—Edwin Jackson filled in just fine for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Jackson pitched five strong innings in an emergency start, batterymate Paul Lo Duca homered and drove in three runs and the Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 Wednesday night.

Jackson (1-0), who failed to win a job in the rotation in spring training, got this opportunity because Wilson Alvarez strained his left hip last Friday against Arizona.

In his major league debut last Sept. 9 at Arizona, Jackson outpitched four-time Cy Young winner Randy Johnson in a 4-1 victory on his 20th birthday. In his four starts for the Dodgers, the right-hander is 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA.

“I didn’t break camp with the team, but everything is still a bonus for me,” Jackson said. “I’m a young player trying to establish myself and I just take everything with a smile and carry on. I take it as it comes. I try to take the positives from every start, whether it’s a good one or a bad one and try to take it into the next game.”

Jackson, 5-2 with a 5.13 ERA in 10 starts for Triple-A Las Vegas, threw 96 pitches in his season debut after getting called up from the minors earlier in the day. He allowed one run, three hits and three walks with three strikeouts after shrugging off Scott Podsednik’s second leadoff homer in two nights.

“He just kept us off balance,” Milwaukee’s Lyle Overbay said. “He’s got a 94-95 mph fastball, and he was throwing his changeup and his slider for strikes. He walked a couple of guys one inning, but got the double play. He made the pitches when he needed to.”

Eric Gagne got four outs, extending his major league-record save streak to 76. He allowed an RBI single to pinch-hitter Brooks Kieschnick in the ninth.

Last year’s NL Cy Young Award winner relieved Guillermo Mota with runners at the corners and two outs in the eighth and retired Geoff Jenkins on a flyout with his first pitch.

Gagne has 13 saves this season and has stranded all seven runners he’s inherited.

“I think about that because of the other guys,” Gagne said. “They go out there and do everything in their power not to give up runs. So when guys are on base, and they’re not my runs, I try not to mess it up for them. Hopefully, I’ll never blow a save.”

Milwaukee starter Ben Hendrickson (0-1) made his major league debut, allowing four runs and seven hits in five innings. The 23-year-old right-hander was promoted Tuesday from Triple-A Indianapolis to make an emergency start because of Ben Sheets’ viral infection—which forced Doug Davis to move up a day in the rotation.

The Dodgers took a 2-1 lead in the first, loading the bases on a single and two walks before Lo Duca grounded a two-run single under the glove of shortstop Craig Counsell as he tried to backhand it in the hole.

Dave Roberts led off the third with a triple and scored on a wild pitch. Pinch-hitter Jason Grabowski led off the fifth with a double and scored on a suicide squeeze by Cesar Izturis to make it 4-1. It was the first run the Dodgers scored this season that way.

“With a two-run lead at the time, the percentages to try it there made sense,” Tracy said. “The main thing was to get it down and get it fair, because Grabowski got a terrific jump. So even if the ball was bunted toward the middle of the field, he’s still going to score. It was executed perfectly.”

In the Brewers’ first, Podsednik worked the count to 3-2 before driving his seventh homer into the right-field pavilion—just as he did leading off Tuesday night against Jeff Weaver.

“I didn’t know that. I found out after I came out of the game,” Jacksonsaid. “We had a couple of laughs about that.”

Notes

Hendrickson was a 10th-round draft pick by the Brewers in June 1999. … Dodgers CF Milton Bradley, whose bat, batting gloves and helmet were confiscated by umpire Joe West after his ejection by plate umpire Terry Craft on Tuesday night, got everything back from West about an hour before the game. … With West umpiring at 1B, Bradley beat out an infield single in the third and made the “safe” call with both arms outstretched as he crossed the bag. … RHP Rodney Myers was optioned to Las Vegas to make room on the roster forJackson.

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