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Brewers rally against Dodgers; Gagne gets save

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Brewers rally against Dodgers; Gagne gets save
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Eric Gagne returned to his closer's role last night, as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 at Miller Park.

He put two runners on base in the ninth, but Juan Pierre popped out to give Gagne his 10th save of the year.

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He lost the job Sunday after he doubted himself following his sixth blown save - a loss to St. Louis in which he blew a two-run lead in the ninth.

But he felt better on Monday, and manager Ned Yost said he wanted Gagne back as soon as possible - since the disruption affected the entire bullpen.

The Dodgers were up 3-2 in the sixth inning when Milwaukee scored three runs to take the lead for good.

Ryan Braun doubled, tripled, and drove in a pair. Bill Hall homered for the second straight game, as Milwaukee out-hit Los Angeles 10-9.

Carlos Villanueva gave up three runs on eight hits in six innings to get the win, improving to 2-4.

Salomon Torres threw two shutout innings of relief, as the Brewers won their third straight.

Russell Martin went 3-4 with an RBI for the Dodgers, who lost their fifth straight. Brad Penny struck out six, but he gave up five runs in six innings to drop his record to 5-4.

The two teams play again tonight (Wednesday). Left-hander Manny Parra goes for the Brew Crew against Dodgers' righty Derek Lowe.

Capuano surgery

Brewers' left-hander Chris Capuano might be getting his second Tommy John elbow reconstructive surgery this week.

Brewers' Assistant General Manager Gord Ash said orthopedic surgeon James Andrews will examine Capuano today and an operation could take place as early as Thursday.

Capuano, 29, partially tore a ligament in his throwing elbow at spring training. He later went on a throwing program, but Ash said the pitcher still had a lot of discomfort.

Capuano also had Tommy John surgery in 2002 while he was in Arizona's farm system. A second operation reduces his chances of returning to the big leagues.

Meanwhile, starter Yovani Gallardo had surgery Tuesday on an ACL ligament in his right knee. He tore it May first against the Cubs in Chicago. Gallardo will begin a rehab program today and while it's possible he can return this season, Ash says the Brewers don't expect it to happen.

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