Sheets gives up six as Brewers fall to Dodgers; Braun gets big payday
The Milwaukee Brewers have lost two straight, after dropping their series finale to the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 Thursday at Miller Park.
The Dodgers broke a scoreless tie with six runs in the seventh inning. Ben Sheets gave up all six and he took his first loss of the year against four victories.
Former Brewer Gary Bennett hit a three-run homer and a run-scoring double. Jeff Kent and Andruw Jones also went yard for the Dodgers, who lost five straight before winning the final two games of the Milwaukee series.
Chad Billingsley struck out five in seven innings to get the win, allowing just three hits.
The Brewers were out-hit 11-6 on the day.
Ryan Braun hit a solo home run on the same day he signed an eight-year, $45-million contract, setting the Major League standard for players with three years' experience or less.
Jason Kendall tripled for Milwaukee, which fell below .500 again at 20-21 and the Pittsburgh Pirates have caught the Brewers, tying them for fourth in the National League Central.
Tonight (Friday), the Brewers will play their first Inter-League game of the year at Boston. Right-hander Jeff Suppan will start against Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka.
Brewers' left-hander Chris Capuano underwent Tommy John elbow surgery Thursday to fix a torn ligament suffered at spring training.
The normal recovery time is a year, but it could end Capuano's career, since it's his second Tommy John surgery.
His first was six years ago, when he was with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Riske on DL
Meanwhile, Brewers' reliever David Riske was put on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a hyper-extended right elbow suffered Wednesday night.
There was a concern that Riske might have needed a bone spur or bone chip removed, which would have made his recovery longer, but doctors have since learned it won't be necessary.
Meanwhile, right-hander Mark DeFelice was called up from Triple-"A" Nashville to take Riske's roster spot.
The 31-year-old DeFelice has pitched 10 years in the minors and he could finally make his big league debut this weekend when the Brewers play at Boston.