Home runs doom the Brewers again; Dodgers hit 3, win 8-2 behind sparkling Greinke pitching

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MILWAUKEE — Not keeping the ball in the park once again caught up with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Justin Turner hit a game-changing three-run homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers added a pair of two-run shots to back the dominant pitching of Zack Greinke and beat the Brewers 8-2 on Tuesday night.

"Home runs are hit on mistakes," said Craig Counsell, managing his second game for the Brewers after taking over for fired Ron Roenicke. "They're mistakes pitchers make. They're mistakes in execution, really. For me it's less about pitch selection than it is about pitch execution."

The three home runs pushed the Brewers season total to 37 allowed, most in the National League.

After an unearned run in the second, the Brewers managed nothing the rest of the way against Greinke, who allowed just two hits in 7 2-3 innings to win his career-best 10th consecutive decision.

Greinke (5-0), who has not lost in 14 starts since Aug. 9 at Milwaukee, won for the fourth time this season following a Dodgers loss. He allowed two singles, striking out seven with one walk to improve his career mark to 16-2 at Miller Park, where he was 15-0 in 23 starts with the Brewers in 2011 and half of 2012.

"He's 5-0 for a reason. He's a good pitcher. He didn't make many mistakes tonight. He threw the ball well. He pitched good," said Aramis Ramirez, who had one of the two hits off Greinke. "He was locating the fastball, good slider, good cutter. He had everything going tonight."

Turner put the Dodgers up 3-1 with his three-run shot in the sixth off starter Matt Garza (2-4).

"He'd pitched so well and he was really on cruise control," Counsell said of Garza. "He just got stuck in some bad counts and started struggling getting his off-speed over a little bit and left a fastball in the middle of the plate."

The Dodgers added four in the seventh on a pair of two-run homers off Neal Cotts. Greinke doubled with one out off Rob Wooten. With two outs, Jimmy Rollins hit his third home run to make it 5-1. Kendrick then walked and Gonzalez followed with his ninth homer.

Greinke downplayed the consecutive decisions streak, but was pleased with how his improved change-up carried over into this season.

"Of all the streaks that we've talked about, I think that's the most worthless of all of them. I guess I don't know enough about what's going on to comment on "it," Greinke said. "I pitched really well at the end of the year last year. This year has been going pretty good."

Garza escaped two early jams. The Dodgers had runners on first and third with one out in the second, but Garza struck out Yasmani Grandal and Alex Guerrero. In the fifth, Grandal was stranded at third after a leadoff double.

"I was just trying to make pitches," Garza said. "My slider was good, it's been good. I felt I had good stuff tonight. One pitch cost me."

GREINKE ON BREWERS MANAGERIAL CHANGE

Greinke played both his seasons in Milwaukee, including the 2011 NLCS season, under Roenicke. "I loved Ron," said Greinke, also a teammate of Counsell's in 2011. "I really enjoyed playing for him, and I learned a lot from him. Counsell is pretty awesome himself."

MILLER TIME FOR GONZALEZ

Gonzalez, who was 1-for-3 with two walks in addition to his home run, is hitting .404 (40-for-99) at Miller Park, the highest average among hitters with at least 75 at-bats there. In Monday's game, he reached in all four plate appearances, walking three times and getting hit by a pitch. During last season's three-game series at Miller Park, he was 7-for-10 with three doubles, two homers and five RBI.

UP NEXT:

Dodgers: Right-hander Joe Wieland, 3-0 with a 3.60 ERA in four starts at Triple-A Oklahoma City, will be called up to start, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. Carlos Frias, originally scheduled to start, will be bumped back to Thursday. "We feel like it can't hurt to be able to give (Frias) an extra day, and (Wieland) was I think on time. Not really worried about (Frias') arm, just want to give him an extra day," Mattingly said.

Brewers: Wily Peralta, who led the Brewers last season with 17 victories, is winless in five starts. The right-hander is 0-4 with a 4.35 ERA and opponents are batting .323 against him.

TRAINER'S ROOM:

Dodgers: Wieland, acquired during the offseason in the trade that sent Matt Kemp to San Diego, missed all of the 2013 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in July 2012. In 2014, he pitched in nine minor league games while continuing his rehab and was eventually called up by the Padres in September, appearing in four games (two starts).

Brewers: 2B Scooter Gennett, out with a cut on his left hand, was activated off the 15-day DL earlier Tuesday and was in the starting lineup. He In four rehab games at Class-A Wisconsin, Gennett was 4-for-13 with one RBI. "The last day, I hit pretty much every ball hard," Gennett said. "I think that it was a good opportunity to work on some things during the game that maybe I wouldn't get to work on here, so who knows? Maybe I got even better in those few days down there."

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