The Brewers rallied for three runs in the eighth inning to win in Craig Counsell's managerial debut, a 4-3 victory over the Dodgers on Monday night. Los Angeles, 13-2 at home, fell to 3-7 on the road.
"Home or road doesn't have anything to do with us not really being able to add on," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, who was ejected in the third inning for arguing a balk call against Kershaw. "(The Brewers) earned what they got tonight. We're fine, we're fine. Home or road, we're going to be fine."
Kershaw, who was 4-0 with an 0.87 ERA in four previous starts at Miller Park, was denied his 100th career win, and took a no-decision in the opener of a seven-game road trip.
The Brewers overcame a 3-0 deficit with one run in the sixth and three in the eighth.
Gomez pulled the Brewers within a run at 3-2 in the eighth with his first career home run.
Adam Lind chased Kershaw with a pinch-hit double, and Carlos Gomez greeted reliever Chris Hatcher (0-3) with a tying RBI double. Gomez advanced to third on Jason Rogers' groundout and then scored on infield single by Ryan Braun, who narrowly beat the throw. The Dodgers challenged the call, but it was upheld on review.
"Gomez hit a good pitch," Kershaw said. "The ball was in, he was just ready to ambush and did a good job and Lind, I just threw a slider right down the middle, overthrew it and he hit it hard."
"The bullpen kept putting up zeroes and kept us in it," Counsell said. "It was as good as it gets, that's for sure. It was a team win, that's for sure."
The victory was the third straight and fourth in five games for the Brewers, who improved to 8-18 after the worst start in franchise history.
Kershaw, who was trying for the third time for his 100th victory, allowed three runs on five hits in 7 1/3 innings, striking out eight. He has not won since April 17.
The Dodgers added two runs in the fourth. Adrian Gonzalez was hit by a pitch and moved to second on Andre Ethier's one-single. Grandal followed with an RBI single off the wall in center, sending Ethier to third. Juan Uribe then delivered a sacrifice fly. Center fielder Carlos Gomez appeared to have a shot at Ethier at home, but catcher Martin Maldonado failed to handle the throw that was slightly to the first-base side.
"It is special for us to have an opportunity to get him his first victory," Braun said of Counsell. "For us to come back and win a game against the best pitcher on the planet who was really on top of his game throwing well, it was special. It is not something we've been doing all year. Hopefully it is a sign of things to come."
Dodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu, sidelined all season with a left shoulder impingement, was moved from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
Brewers: SS Jean Segura, who left Sunday's game at Chicago after being was hit in the helmet by a pitch, was not in the lineup pending additional tests. "He's going to see the doctors later, after batting practice," Counsell said. "He's going to go through a regular batting practice today. So we'll know more around game time or after the game, probably. For me, he's on the field today, running around. That's great. I think we got a good result already."
Dodgers: Left-hander Zack Greinke, 4-0, has won his last nine decisions dating to last August. He is 0-2 with a 4.76 ERA in four games, including three starts, against the Brewers, whom he helped to the NLCS in 2011. Greinke is 15-2 in his career at Miller Park.
Brewers: Right-hander Matt Garza, 2-3, is coming off two consecutive quality starts. In 226 Major League appearances, Garza has never faced the Dodgers.
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