Dodgers' Ryu, Brewers' Garza impressive

March 21st, 2017
Manny Pina's third spring homer, a three-run shot in the fifth, put the Brewers ahead to stay. (AP)Matt York/AP

PHOENIX -- fired four scoreless innings and singled in a run for the Dodgers, but Milwaukee catcher slugged a three-run homer in a 5-4 Brewers win Tuesday at Camelback Ranch-Glendale.

Ryu, trying to reclaim his rotation spot after two years of injuries, allowed one hit with two strikeouts. In the the fourth with runners on the corners and two outs, Ryu bounced a single up the middle to chase Milwaukee starter Matt Garza and break a scoreless tie.

"We're a better team with Ryu in the starting rotation," said manager Dave Roberts.

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Garza went 3 2/3 innings and allowed six hits and two walks, the Dodgers putting runners in scoring position three of his four innings.

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"I filled up the zone, had a lot of foul balls today," said Garza, who struck out five. "I'm still progressing, learning. My stuff is coming around. It felt good, real good."

relieved Ryu and lost the lead when he walked the first two batters he faced, gave up a bloop RBI double to Scooter Gennett and Pina's line homer. All five batters Avilan faced reached base.

"He's playing well," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said of Pina, who has homered in each of his past three games. "It seems like every game we're talking about him now."

L.A. third baseman hit a solo shot off in the fifth.

In the eighth, hit an RBI single and Drew Jackson scored on a passed ball to cut L.A.'s deficit to 5-4.

Brewers Up Next: The Brewers return home to Maryvale to host the Giants as Jimmy Nelson looks to get back on track. The right-hander was sharp in his first two outings, but was roughed up for five runs in his last start. First pitch Wednesday is slated for 3:05 p.m. CT on Gameday Audio.

Dodgers Up Next: With a scheduled day off Wednesday, the Dodgers resume play Thursday on MLB.TV, with starting against Texas at 4:05 p.m. PT. Kershaw is coming off a start in which he allowed three home runs. On a back field, Alex Wood will start.

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