Ramirez helps rally Brewers past Dodgers 3-2
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Aramis Ramirez tied the game with a homer and singled home the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, helping the Milwaukee Brewers defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 Monday night.
Shaun Marcum (3-3) allowed one run and six hits in seven innings, struck out nine and walked two to end a two-game skid.
John Axford pitched the ninth and earned his eighth save in nine chances. He put the potential tying run on first by walking pinch-hitter Ivan De Jesus Jr., who went to second on a wild pitch before Elian Herrera struck out to end the game.
Ramirez homered leading off the fourth in his return to the lineup after missing two games with a bruised left elbow.
The Brewers took a 3-1 lead in the sixth with two unearned runs following a blown call by first base umpire Todd Tichenor. Aaron Harang was charged with an error when Tichenor ruled that his throw to first on a dribbler by Norichika Aoki pulled James Loney off the bag. TV replays clearly showed that Loney had one foot on the bag when he stretched into foul territory for the throw.
Ryan Braun walked before Ramirez singled in Aoki, giving the Brewers a 2-1 lead and chasing Harang. George Kottaras bunted into a force, putting runners at the corners, and Rickie Weeks followed with a sacrifice fly against Javy Guerra.
Harang (3-3) gave up three runs - one earned - and four hits in five-plus innings, while striking out four and walking three.
The Dodgers' run came on Andre Ethier's RBI double with two outs in the first. They had the bases loaded in the third when Loney flied out to center to end the inning.
The Dodgers' 32-16 record remains the best in the majors despite having six players on the disabled list, including four starters - although slugger Matt Kemp could return from a hamstring injury Tuesday.
Milwaukee also has six players on the DL.
Notes: The Dodgers put LHP Ted Lilly on the 15-day DL with left shoulder inflammation in a move retroactive to Thursday. They recalled LHP Michael Antonini from Triple-A Albuquerque, although the team is expected to replace him Tuesday, when Nathan Eovaldi will be recalled from Double-A Chattanooga to start in place of Lilly. ... The Brewers put 1B-OF Travis Ishikawa on the DL with a left oblique strain, retroactive to Saturday, and recalled INF Brooks Conrad from Triple-A Nashville. ... Braun, who beat out Kemp for the NL MVP award last season, was booed heartily. He went 0 for 2 with two walks. ... Milwaukee improved to 9-15 on the road. ... Herrera went 0 for 5, ending his nine-game hitting streak. ... Dodgers SS Dee Gordon struck out in four at-bats.
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