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Series: Game 1 of 3

LA Dodgers leads 1-0 (as of 5/31)

Game 1: Monday, May 31
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Game 2: Tuesday, June 1
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Game 3: Wednesday, June 2
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Brewers 2

(25-24, 11-12 away)

Dodgers 3

(27-22, 14-11 home)

4:10 PM ET, May 31, 2004

Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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W: E. Gagne (2-0)

L: D. Burba (3-1)

Kolb blows first save of season

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Odalis Perez is being more diplomatic this season when it comes to discussing his lack of run support.

The Los Angeles Dodgers rallied for a 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday, but after Perez left trailing by two runs.

Cesar Izturis hit an RBI single in the 10th inning, and Juan Encarnacion and rookie Jason Grabowski hit consecutive RBI singles in the ninth inning against Milwaukee closer Dan Kolb to give the Dodgers their third straight win.

Perez allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings with six strikeouts and no walks. The left-hander is winless in his last six starts and has allowed just 12 earned runs in 42 innings during that stretch -- resulting in two shutout losses and four extra-inning no-decisions.

The Dodgers have totaled just four runs in Perez's last four outings.

Last season, Perez publicly criticized the Dodgers' offense after a 3-1 loss at Anaheim and insisted that management do something about obtaining someone who could drive in runs.

"It's a learning process," Perez said. "I feel I should have probably seven or eight wins by now because I've pitched nine straight quality starts. But it's still early. I've got about 17 or 18 more starts, so everything can turn around."

Jose Hernandez drew a leadoff walk in the 10th from Dave Burba (3-1), was sacrificed to second by Dave Roberts and scored when Izturis sent Burba's 0-1 delivery into right field.

"It was a good pitch," Burba said. "I made the pitch I wanted to make, and he fought it off for a base hit. There's nothing you can do about it. The problem was walking the leadoff guy. That's what got me beat."

The win went to Cy Young closer Eric Gagne (2-0), who pitched one inning.

Kolb's streak of 16 straight saves ended with his first blown opportunity in 14 tries this season.

Milwaukee pitcher Matt Wise led off the sixth with a single, advanced to second on Perez's balk and took third on a sacrifice by Scott Podsednik before Bill Hall's sacrifice fly opened the scoring.

Perez yelled profusely at third base umpire Joe West at the end of the inning about the balk that helped cost him a run.

"I don't think there was any reason for it, but that's what he saw and he called it," Perez said. "I got upset because I wasn't getting any run support today, and I didn't want to see the runner score. I didn't get the win, but I did my job and kept the team in the game."

Perez had to be restrained by second baseman Alex Cora and manager Jim Tracy, and was still venting in the dugout before pitcher Jose Lima calmed him down.

"He's lucky West didn't throw him out right there when he walked off the field," Lima said. "I was surprised because of the reputation West has. He doesn't take anything from anybody.

"I told him, Be careful what you say, because umpires are like cops -- they all stay together. You can't point a finger and complain to the umpire because they will haunt you forever. Maybe he made the wrong call, but that's life. I know that balk almost cost us the game, but we won. That's the bottom line," Lima said.

Perez's next pitch was sent into the left-field pavilion by Geoff Jenkins leading off the seventh. Jenkins' fifth homer made him 4-for-7 lifetime against Perez.

Pitching against a lineup missing center fielder Milton Bradley for the second straight game because of a sore left ankle, Wise allowed three hits and no walks in five innings while striking out two. The right-hander was starting for the injured Chris Capuano.

Game notes


The Dodgers were held to one run in 15 innings by the Brewers' bullpen during last week's three-game series at Milwaukee. ... Milwaukee, 2-for-25 with runners in scoring position against the Dodgers at Miller Park, stranded runners at second base four times -- including the ninth and 10th innings. ... The Dodgers will call up RHP Edwin Jackson on Wednesday from Triple-A Las Vegas to make a spot start in the series finale. ... The Brewers kicked off a nine-game trip through Southern California that includes a series Anaheim, their first against the Angels since shifting to the NL in 1998.

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