Postgame: Brewers 6, Dodgers 5

The Dodgers lost to the Brewers 6-5 tonight at Dodger Stadium. For a full boxscore click here.

BARE ESSENTIALS:

* The Dodgers rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth, and had the winning run in scoring position for Manny Ramirez with the bases loaded and two outs. But Ramirez flew out to right field against Trevor Hoffman for the final out.

* Clayton Kershaw struggled with his command, walking six and giving up three runs on four hits over four innings to take the loss. Kershaw’s outing was the second-shortest of his season, after going just 2.2 frames against the Padres back on June 10 at Dodger Stadium. The loss snaps Kershaw’s career-high five game winning streak that began on June 21.

* Jeff Weaver gave up a three-run home run to Ryan Braun with two outs in the sixth inning.

* James Loney had two hits and two RBIs.

* Orlando Hudson added two RBIs.

ETC…ETC:
* Los Angeles has lost six of its last nine games, but still holds the best record in baseball at 65-41, just percentage points ahead of the Angels, .613 to .612.

* The Dodgers lead in the National League West is now 6.5 games over the Colorado Rockies. That margin is still the largest of any division leader in baseball, but is the Dodgers’ smallest lead since a loss to Houston left them 6.5 games up on July 17.

* The Dodgers are just past the halfway mark of a stretch of 20 games in 20 days that began July 24 and will go through August 12. Los Angeles is 4-7 thus far during the stretch.

* Dodger reliever James McDonald worked 2.0 scoreless innings, lowering his ERA on the season to 4.62. McDonald changed from No. 52 to No. 31 on Thursday, to accommodate recently acquired All-Star reliever George Sherrill, who wore No. 52 in Baltimore. McDonald has worked 5.0 consecutive scoreless innings out of the ‘pen and overall has a 2.28 ERA (6 ER/23.2 IP) in relief (19 games).

ON DECK:

* In Game 2 of the series, the Dodgers send RHP Hiroki Kuroda (3-5, 4.44) against RHP Yovani Gallardo (10-7, 3.13).

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