Jeffress can't repeat, Brewers lose to Dodgers in 10th

BY foxsports • June 18, 2016

LOS ANGELES -- Justin Turner is heating up, and carrying the Los Angeles Dodgers' offense with him.

Turner homered twice and delivered the game-ending RBI single in the 10th inning, lifting the Dodgers to a 3-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.

Turner hit a solo homer in the first and another in the eighth that tied it at 2. He won it with a bases-loaded single off Jeremy Jeffress (1-2) with one out in the 10th to score Will Venable from third.

The outburst was just the latest in a scorching two weeks for the third baseman. He is hitting .333 with three doubles, five homers and 11 RBI in his last 12 games since June 4.

"I'm just not missing pitches that I was probably missing earlier in the year," said Turner, who had only three homers in his first 55 games this season. "I can't really put my finger on it being any one thing."

Pedro Baez (1-2) pitched a scoreless top of the 10th for the win.

With Venable on third, the Brewers intentionally walked Chase Utley and Corey Seager to get to Turner, who fouled back three consecutive 96 mph fastballs before lining a single over leaping third baseman Aaron Hill and into left field.

"I wasn't surprised at all they loaded the bases for me in that situation," Turner said. "Just the situation of the game, you set up a force out everywhere and Jeffress is a ground ball pitcher with a heavy sinker.

"I assumed (Jeffress) was going to try and attack me with fastball and then try to get a ground ball with that sinker," Turner added. "He left the breaking ball up just barely enough for me to get it over Aaron's head."

Turner salvaged a victory for the Dodgers after the bullpen wasted a brilliant outing from Julio Urias. The touted 19-year-old left-hander struck out eight over five scoreless innings and was pulled after throwing 85 pitches.

Reliever Louis Coleman surrendered the tying run in the sixth after replacing Urias, and Scooter Gennett delivered the go-ahead RBI single off Adam Liberatore later in the inning.

"It's what we understand the situation to be with a 19-year-old kid," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of the 85-90 pitch limits imposed on Urias. "You're mindful and winning is of high importance here at this level, but as an organization we're hyper sensitive to his usage."

Turner was there to bring the Dodgers back though, belting his second long home run to left in the eighth on a full count off reliever Tyler Thornburg.

"(Turner) had a good game, but we left chances out there," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "We couldn't add on runs when we had opportunities to give our relievers a little bit of a cushion, and it came back to hurt us."

Brewers starter Zach Davies didn't get the win, but he still ran his unbeaten streak to nine straight starts.

The 23-year-old right-hander gave up just one run in seven innings and struck out six.

He is 5-0 with a 2.40 ERA in nine outings since his last loss on April 29.

Brewers: LHP Chris Capuano (elbow soreness) felt discomfort while pitching a simulated game Friday and will be evaluated by team doctors to determine the next step.

Dodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder surgery) pitched four scoreless innings in a rehab start with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. He gave up three hits, walked one and struck out five. OF Yasiel Puig (hamstring) played for Rancho Cucamonga and remains on track to come off the disabled list Monday.

Brewers: RHP Chase Anderson (4-6, 4.42) is unbeaten in June, going 2-0 with a 2.60 ERA in three starts.

Dodgers: RHP Mike Bolsinger (1-4, 5.76) will try to bounce back after going 0-3 with a 6.60 ERA in his last three starts.



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