Dodgers 4, Brewers 3
LOS ANGELES (AP)—After a memorable first game in the major leagues, Russell Martin was just happy it was a winning one.
Martin doubled home two runs and tagged out the potential go-ahead run at the plate in his debut, helping the Dodgers snap a five-game losing streak.
“It wouldn’t be the same if we lost the game,” Martin said. “It was a tremendous job by Nomar to drive in that run late in the game like that. (Derek) Lowe pitched a tremendous game. He made my job a whole lot easier, just by having his command. And getting a couple of hits in my first game, I’ll remember that for sure for a long time.”
Furcal led off the ninth with an infield single against Matt Wise (2-2). He advanced on a sacrifice by Jose Cruz Jr. and came home when Garciaparra hit a 1-1 pitch up the first-base line. The ball kicked off the bag and past Prince Fielder.
Lowe allowed two runs and seven hits in 7 1-3 innings, the longest outing by a Dodgers pitcher this season. The right-hander departed with a 3-2 lead, but had to settle for his fourth straight no-decision after turning the ball over to the Dodgers’ beleaguered bullpen.
Lowe has allowed just four earned runs in 27 1-3 innings over that stretch.
“I don’t think I have bad luck. You just go out there pitch as good as you can for as long as you can,” Lowe said. “People don’t understand, I pitched out of the bullpen for four years and I blew many a game when I was a closer. So I know the last thing anybody wants is people pointing fingers. We’re going to need those guys to pitch well the whole year, so we’re trying to give them as much confidence as we can.”
Martin was promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas to fill in for Dioner Navarro, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a deep bone bruise on his right wrist. The 23-year-old catcher’s bats hadn’t arrived yet from Las Vegas, so he used Furcal’s bat to get his first two hits.
Milwaukee’s Jeff Cirillo was ejected by plate umpire Jerry Layne in the ninth inning, one batter after he took a disputed third strike as a pinch-hitter. Manager Ned Yost also was ejected.
“I thought it was a ball and he thought it was a strike, so we had a difference of opinion,” Cirillo said. “Honestly, I never get myself thrown out of a game unless the at-bat has been dictated by the pitch in a big situation. I didn’t say anything about it when I walked away, and I didn’t say anything when I was in the dugout. I just kind of pointed my fingers to show him that I went up to the clubhouse to look at the video, and he threw me out.”
Carlos Lee chased Lowe in the eighth with his 13th home run. Tim Hamulack then faced two batters, giving up singles to Fielder and Corey Koskie. Baez relieved Hamulack and hit Miller with a pitch. Fielder scored on Baez’s wild pitch to Brady Clark—who had just six hits in his previous 39 at-bats.
Clark followed with a fly to short center, and Repko threw home to retire Koskie for the inning-ending double play as Martin held onto the ball after the ensuing collision with Clark.
“I definitely knew I had a chance,” Repko said. “I was actually surprised that they sent him because it was a shallow enough ball. But they wanted to challenge me, and you still have to make a good throw.”
The Dodgers got at least one hit in each of the first six innings and 10 total against left-hander Chris Capuano, who allowed three runs and 10 hits in six innings.
“It was one of those games that looked like it was going to go our way,” Cirillo said. “We strung a couple of hits together, Carlos hit the homer, then we got the wild pitch to tie it. It was a tough game to lose, especially when a team is reeling like the Dodgers were and you have your best pitcher going.”
Jeff Kent led off the second with a double and scored the game’s first run on Ramon Martinez’s single. Martinez started at third base for the second time this season in place of Bill Mueller, who left Thursday night’s game in the third inning because of soreness in his right knee.
Martin’s two-run double in the fourth was his first major league hit and gave Los Angeles a 3-0 lead.
Brewers bench coach Robin Yount, who fell ill on the team flight from Milwaukee because of dehydration, was hospitalized overnight for precautionary reasons. The 50-year-old Hall of Famer is expected to be back in the clubhouse on Saturday. … The Brewers, who last year came up one victory shy of their first winning season since 1992, were 1-5 against the Dodgers in 2005.