GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -Casey Blake singled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, one of five consecutive hits by the Dodgers, and Los Angeles rallied to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-3 on Thursday.
The Dodgers trailed 3-2 when Andre Ethier opened the hit parade off Manny Parra with a single. Manny Ramirez singled, then James Loney's double to the left field corner tied the game at 3. Blake's RBI followed to make it 4-3 before Garret Anderson's RBI single added another run.
J.D. Closser hit the top of the bullpen fence in left, scoring Blake to extend the Dodgers' lead to 6-3 in the inning.
Rickie Weeks hit a two-out, two-run double in the fifth that put Milwaukee ahead 3-2. The Brewers dropped both of their meetings with the Dodgers, having lost 8-4 in a split-squad game on Monday in Maryvale.
Milwaukee starter Jeff Suppan allowed two runs and three hits in 4 1-3 innings, walked two and struck out one in his fifth start of the spring. He retired 11 of the final 12 batters he faced.
``Overall, I really felt I had both sides of the plate and that's really what I look for,' he said.
At 35, Suppan is competing for a starting spot in the final year of a four-year contract that includes a club option for 2011.
``My whole plan from the time I was a kid is get ready for the season,' he said. ``Whatever happens, happens. All this other stuff is irrelevant. I've always taken spring training to building, building to where you're prepared.'
Suppan started off in trouble, putting the first three runners on base.
``After the first inning, he did what (Randy) Wolf did the other day, controlled their bat speed and had command of his off-speed pitches,' Milwaukee manager Ken Macha said.
``Then Manny came in and he left a lot of balls in the middle of the plate and most of those hits were on fastballs. He made a couple of mistakes on his split but most of the hits were fastballs in the middle of the plate.'
Prince Fielder and Casey McGehee both went 0 for 4 for Milwaukee.
Dodgers manager Joe Torre ducked out of the game to watch Russell Martin catch four innings against Texas Rangers minor leaguers in Surprise. Martin has been out since March 7 with a groin injury.
He'll catch six innings and hit leadoff for six at_bats in a Triple-A game for the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch on Friday.
``We have to wait and see how he feels tomorrow,' Torre said. ``He had a good workout. He looked very normal, all the signs are good.'
Los Angeles starter Josh Towers gave up three runs and five hits in five innings, struck out four and walked none. The right-hander retired 11 straight batters during one stretch.
The Dodgers used Ramirez as the designated hitter, while the Brewers didn't have one. He went 1 for 2 with a walk.
NOTES: The Brewers purchased the contract of OF Jim Edmonds from Triple-A Nashville and released LHP Scott Schoeneweis. ... Torre said RHP Vicente Padilla would start the season opener on April 5 at Pittsburgh. RHP Clayton Kershaw will start the home opener April 13 against Arizona. ... Carlos Gomez stole second, giving the Brewers 28 stolen bases this spring. They've been caught just five times. ... Don Newcombe addressed the Dodgers in the morning about how alcoholism affected his life. The only player to ever win Rookie of the Year, the MVP and Cy Young awards in his career, Newcombe is now a special adviser to owner Frank McCourt. ``He just talks about the emotion of what he's gone through in his life, being broke and determining one day that he wasn't going to drink anymore,' Torre said. ``He hasn't had a drink in 47 years.'
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