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
The Dodgers have totaled just four runs in Perez's last four
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."
"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
Kolb's streak of 16 straight saves ended with his first blown
opportunity in 14 tries this season.
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
"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.
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