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Brewers spoil Dodgers pitcher's debut

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LOS ANGELES -- Everything went right in Matt Magill's major-league debut against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.

Until it went wrong.

The local kid done good, from nearby Simi Valley, made his first career start in the stadium he grew up attending for the team he grew up loving, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Then seven innings of two-run, four-hit, seven-strikeout ball, a proud walk off the mound one last time, a roaring ovation.

But before Magill could even warm up his seat, the smile disappeared.

The Brewers feasted off the Dodgers' bullpen to spoil Magill's fine debut in a 6-4 Milwaukee win, smacking two-run homers in back-to-back innings.

Magill got the call-up from triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday after right-hander Stephen Fife was placed on the 15-day disabled list earlier in the day. The 23-year-old right-hander knew he'd get the start two days ago, but in his reserved manner, resisted the urge to blare the news on social media.

Instead, he stayed quiet, dug in and dominated the Milwaukee lineup for four innings after giving up to third-inning runs. After 6 2/3 innings, Magill exited with a 3-2 lead.

Then, disaster for the Dodgers.

Magill's replacement, Paco Rodriguez, allowed a bunt single to Norichika Aoki, and Aoki advanced to second on an error.

More disaster: After Matt Guerrier replaced Rodriguez, Carlos Gomez immediately followed with a two-run homer to seize a 4-3 lead.

"I played two years with Guerrier and he got me out four or five times," Gomez said. "I saw the first pitch he threw me; It was out of the zone. I knew that he was going to try to throw me a curve on the inside. I was just going to stay back and wait for the moment to drop the head on the ball and that's what happened."

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said, "We were only going to let (Magill) have one more hitter; we still would've gone to Guerrier at that point. We knew he'd gone further than we talked about, and we weren't going to put him in that position.

"He did his job."

The Brewers added some insurance on a Martin Maldonado two-run homer in the eighth off Guerrier.

Gomez went 3 for 5 with two RBI and two runs to raise his average to .338. Yuniesky Betancourt added two hits.

"It was a really good game for Gomey," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "He's been really hot. I think what I like also is he's not out there just swinging at everything like he does at times."

Wily Peralta picked up the win after allowing three runs and six hits in six innings. Jim Henderson notched his sixth save.

"I think I had good command of my three pitches," Peralta said. "The change-up was very good, especially when I was behind in the count.

Matt Kemp went 2 for 4 for the Dodgers (11-12) with two runs and Andre Ethier added a home run in the eighth.

A.J. Ellis singled in Juan Uribe in the third and Kemp scored on a throwing error by backup shortstop Alex Gonzalez, starting in place of Jean Segura, to tie the score 2-2 in the fourth.

Milwaukee (12-10) took a 2-0 lead in the third, nibbling away at McGill to load the bases before Betancourt singled home Aoki and Rickie Weeks followed with an RBI fielder's choice that scored Gomez.

It was one of few mistakes for Magill, who relished his first start.

"It's breathtaking," Magill said. "You walk up and you look up there and you see all these rows of people. It's like, 'Alright, we've made it.' Being a little kid in the stands when I'm 10 years old, looking down at the guys from the top bleachers, then being on the field today, hearing the roar of the crowd, it was crazy."

NOTES: Mark Ellis (quad) and Adrian Gonzalez (skin infection) missed the game, with Jerry Hairston Jr. getting the start at first base. Gonzalez ranks second in the National League in batting at .363. ... Segura, who leads the National League in stolen bases with seven, missed the game because of a split finger in his nail. ... Magill had four no-decisions in four starts with the Isotopes but had a 2.84 ERA and held batters to a .206 batting average with 23 strikeouts in 19 innings. ... The 2007 Yankees were the last team to use nine different starters in its first 23 games. ... Peralta was named Milwaukee's top prospect by Baseball America the last two years. ... The Dodgers' Hanley Ramirez (thumb) made his first rehab start of the season on Saturday for Class A Lake Elsinore. Ramirez singled in his first at-bat and turned an unassisted double play.
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