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Haniger stays hot after Lohse stifles Dodgers

PHOENIX -- Mitch Haniger and Hector Gomez delivered consecutive two-run singles in the sixth inning as a Brewers split squad came from behind to beat the Dodgers, 6-5, in front of 4,212 fans at Maryvale Baseball Park on Saturday.

Haniger stayed hot after homering in an intrasquad game on Tuesday and again in the Brewers' Cactus League opener against the A's on Thursday. His bases-loaded single to left field off Dodgers left-hander Chris Reed gave the Brewers the lead, and Gomez followed with an insurance single to right field that made it 5-2.

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The Dodgers cut the deficit to one when Clint Robinson and Miguel Rojas hit RBI singles in the eighth inning, but Brewers reliever David Goforth stranded the tying runner at third base with a called strike three against Jamie Romak.

Reed took the loss after being charged with four earned runs on five hits in the inning.

The Brewers struck first against Dodgers starter Dan Haren (two innings, three hits, one earned run) on Carlos Gomez's RBI double in the first inning, but the Dodgers answered in the third, when Brewers left fielder Jason Rogers dropped a fly ball and pitcher Ariel Pena walked three batters. Chone Figgins' walk with the bases loaded tied the game before Yasiel Puig's sacrifice fly gave L.A. a 2-1 lead.

Brewers starter Kyle Lohse retired all six batters he faced, and he threw 21 of 28 pitches for strikes. Because of rain in the forecast, Lohse anticipated all morning that he would wind up throwing a bullpen session in Maryvale's covered batting cage. He wound up facing the Dodgers instead.

"I'm at the stage now where I'm judging myself more on how the pitches work rather than results," Lohse said. "Both were good today."

Former Dodger Elian Herrera led the way for Milwaukee with three hits.

Up next: The Brewers' biggest offseason acquisition will make his unofficial debut when Matt Garza starts against the Rockies in Scottsdale on Sunday. Garza's four-year, $50 million contract is the richest for a free agent in club history, and it gives the Brewers a trio of veterans (with Lohse and Yovani Gallardo) atop the pitching rotation. The game can be heard via webcast, with TV broadcaster Brian Anderson and radio broadcaster Joe Block teaming on the call.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy.

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