The kid -- the Dodgers' newest kid -- did almost everything right. For five innings, Nathan Eovaldi held the hottest team in baseball scoreless. Held them to three hits.
But with former Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke matching him on the other end, 21-year-old Eovaldi finally cracked in the sixth. And with the way the season is unfolding for the Dodgers and the Brewers, that was enough.
Milwaukee used a two-run single by Jerry Hairston to spark a 3-1 victory over the Dodgers on Wednesday in Milwaukee, giving the Brewers their 19th win in their last 21 games. Some live volcanoes aren't that hot.
The Dodgers could not have asked more of Eovaldi, the baby-faced right-hander who was making his third major league start after being called up from double-A Chattanooga to replace another wunderkind, injured Rubby De La Rosa.
Supported by two double plays nicely turned by yet another rookie, Justin Sellers, Eovaldi matched Greinke through five highly efficient innings.
But two one-out walks wrapped around a single by Prince Fielder loaded the bases in the sixth. Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt visited the mound, but Manager Don Mattingly elected to let Eovaldi try to pitch out of the jam.
Eovaldi got Yuniesky Betancourt on a shallow fly to Matt Kemp in center and, still throwing 96 mph, got ahead of Hairston 0-2. But the veteran fouled off two pitches before knocking a high fastball up the middle for a two-run single.
It counted for Eovaldi's first major league loss. In his six innings, he gave up one run on five hits and three walks, with three strikeouts. He evened his record at 1-1 and left his earned-run average at 2.12.
Greinke went one additional inning, and it at least proved memorable for Tony Gwynn Jr. Gwynn hit his first home run of the season, a span of 274 plate appearances.
Greinke (12-4) left after seven innings, giving up one run on five hits and three walks. He struck out eight.
The Brewers scored an additional run thanks to wildness by reliever Josh Lindblom and poor defense by catcher Dioner Navarro in the bottom of the seventh. Jonathan Lucroy led off with a single and went all the way to third on a wild pitch by Lindblom that Navarro mistakenly tried to backhand.
Lucroy scored when Lindblom threw another wild pitch in the dirt that Navarro again failed to try to block.
The Dodgers' third consecutive loss to the Brewers left them 55-67 this season.
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