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Brewers lose 7-5 to Dodgers despite 2 HRs

Saturday - 4/27/2013, 3:16am  ET

Milwaukee Brewers' Carlos Gomez misses a double by Los Angeles Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Friday, April 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

JOE RESNICK
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers usually don't beat themselves. This time they did.

Too many mistakes -- on the bases, at the plate and in the field -- added up to a 7-5 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night. It was the Brewers' second straight defeat after a nine-game winning streak.

The tone was set in the first inning, when Norichika Aoki drew a leadoff walk and tried to steal. He was fooled on a perfect decoy by shortstop Justin Sellers and slid into the bag as Ryan Braun flied out to right field. Aoki was about 15 feet past the bag when he realized that Andre Ethier had caught the ball and was relaying it to first base.

In the Brewers' seventh, Dodgers reliever Paco Rodriguez gave up a go-ahead RBI single by Aoki, who ended up at third base after two-time Gold Glove center fielder Matt Kemp overran the ball for his fourth error of the season. But Aoki was thrown out at the plate by reliever Ronald Belisario (2-2) on a botched suicide squeeze with Jean Segura at the plate.

"You try to outweigh what he's got a better chance of doing -- putting it in play and driving in a run, or getting the bunt down," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "It's a sinkerball. It's a heavy sinker, which is actually an easier pitch to bunt than it is to hit."

The Dodgers came up in the bottom half, and Sellers greeted reliever Burke Badenhop (0-2) with a leadoff single. He advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Jerry Hairston Jr., and Nick Punto drew a two-out walk from Michael Gonzalez. Adrian Gonzalez followed with a drive off the glove of center fielder Carlos Gomez in the warning track as Sellers and Punto scored to give Los Angeles a 5-4 lead.

"I was just looking for a fastball with two strikes," said Gonzalez, who also had an RBI double in the fifth. "He had walked Nick on four straight pitches, so I kind of felt a little uncomfortable going up there and swinging at the first pitch. I don't know if he was trying to go in or out what that last pitch or if he was going to try and throw it as hard as he could, but it was right down the middle. I was able to connect with it and luckily Gomez wasn't able to catch it."

Roenicke said: "Gomie should make that play. He froze and then misread it when he reached up for it. We just didn't make a play."

The Dodgers extended the margin to 7-4 in the eighth against Brandon Kintzler on a run-scoring groundout by Hairston and an RBI single by Carl Crawford, who hit a solo homer in the third against rookie Hiram Burgos.

"We should have won the game. At least we should gave gone into the eighth and ninth innings with the lead and gone to (John Axford) and (Jim) Henderson. Kintzler's not in the ballgame if it goes differently."

Belisario struck out three over 1 2-3 hitless innings after following Rodriguez out of the bullpen. Brandon League gave up a run in the ninth, but got his seventh save in eight attempts. He retired Braun on a groundout with the potential tying run at the plate to end it.

Josh Beckett allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings, striking out five and walking two. The no-decision left him 0-3 in five starts with a 4.75 ERA and eight home runs allowed -- including Braun's seventh and Yuniesky Betancourt's fourth. Beckett is 2-6 with a 3.68 ERA in 12 starts since the Dodgers acquired the 32-year-old right-hander along with Crawford, Gonzalez and Punto in a nine-player trade on Aug. 25.

The only other time the three-time All-Star and 2003 World Series MVP was winless in his first five starts of a season was 2002, when he was 0-2 with a 3.42 ERA for the Marlins. This is the seventh time the 13-year veteran had an ERA of 4.00 or worse through his first five starts, including identical 7.22 figures in 2009 and 2010 with Boston.

"It's just nice to be standing here talking to you guys after a win," Beckett said. "That's something I haven't gotten a chance to do yet this year, but I don't really care who gets the win. I left a couple of pitches up, but the bats came alive there towards the end and the guys rallied."

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