Haren debuts, Puig chips in during Dodgers' loss
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.
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: Josh Beckett will make his exhibition debut and first start since undergoing thoracic outlet surgery to remove a rib last July when the Dodgers face the Padres on Sunday on MLB.TV. Beckett has been throwing hard with no setbacks, although he is not expected to make the season-opening trip to Australia. Also likely to see his first game action of the spring is Paul Maholm, who has been slowed by mild elbow discomfort.