LOS ANGELES (AP) - Matt Magill had an impressive major league debut. Unfortunately the Dodgers couldn't hold on for the win.
Magill, making the start because Stephen Fife was on the disabled list with bursitis in his right shoulder, pitched 6 2-3 strong innings against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday night. It wasn't enough. The Brewers used late-inning home runs from Carlos Gomez and Martin Maldonado to beat the Los Angeles 6-4.
Magill arrived at Dodger Stadium a couple of hours before the game and seemed a little bit nervous as he worked his way through a 28-pitch first inning.
The native of Simi Valley, which is about 40 miles northwest of Dodger Stadium, settled down nicely, except for an extended third inning, striking out seven batters and allowing just two runs. He retired 12 of the last 13 batters he faced and left in a position to score his first big-league win.
``I just woke up and I was excited from the beginning,' Magill said of his big day. ``I knew I had to come out here and play the same game I played the whole time. It was awesome; greatest experience of my life.'
Paco Rodriguez replaced Magill and gave up an infield single to Norichika Aoki. Guerrier (1-1) replaced Rodriguez and gave up Gomez's homer into the left-field pavilion.
``I saw the first pitch he threw me was out of the zone,' Gomez said. ``I knew that he was going to try to throw me a curve on the inside. I was just going to stay back and wait for the moment to drop the head on the ball and that's what happened.'
Gomez was the league's Player of the Week after batting .500 last week. His batting average on the current road trip is .471.
``It was a really good game for Gomey,' Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said of his center fielder. ``He's been really hot. I think what I like also is he's not out there just swinging at everything like he does at times. There are times when he'll have a great at-bat.'
Martin Maldonado added a two-run home run of his own in the eighth inning, also off of Guerrier.
Though some might question Dodger manager Don Mattingly's decision to pull Magill when he did, but the pitch count (103) spoke volumes.
``We still would have gone to Guerrier at that point,' Mattingly said. ``We knew he (Magill) had gone further than we talked about and we weren't going to put him in that position.'
The Brewers took a 2-0 lead off of Magill in the third inning but the Dodgers fought their way back with solo runs in the third and fourth innings. They forged ahead, 3-2, when Matt Kemp scored on a groundout by Luis Cruz in the sixth inning.
Brewers pitcher Wily Peralta (2-1), who picked up his first victory of the season in his last start, felt good about his performance despite trailing when he left the game. He's now won two in a row.
``I think I had good command of my three pitches,' he said. ``The changeup was very good, especially when I was behind in the count.'
The Brewers bullpen had to walk a tightrope of sorts before finally putting the Dodgers away. Andre Ethier hit a home run in the eighth inning off of John Axford, and the Dodgers had runners at second and third in the bottom of the ninth before Jim Henderson induced A.J. Ellis into a game-ending grounder to shortstop for his sixth save.
Notes: Dodger first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was scratched from the starting lineup because he was at the hospital getting a skin infection examined. Brewers shortstop was a late scratch as well because he split a fingernail on his right index finger while shagging grounders during batting practice. Magill was the ninth starting pitcher the Dodgers have used in their first 23 games this season. The last time they used nine or more pitchers in their first 23 games of the season was in 1945.
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