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Roberto Hernandez pitches well in Los Angeles Dodgers' 9-3 loss to Milwaukee Brewers

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MILWAUKEE - Roberto Hernandez made a successful debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The rest of the game did not go so well for the NL West leaders.

Hernandez pitched six effective innings in Los Angeles' 9-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.

"He attacked the strike zone," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "He worked quick. His stuff was good. Yeah, impressive."

Hernandez was traded by Philadelphia to Los Angeles on Thursday for two players to be named or cash considerations. He was activated when the Dodgers put Josh Beckett on the disabled list before the game with a left hip impingement.

Hernandez allowed two runs and three hits, struck out five and walked none. He has a 2.87 ERA in his last eight starts.

Rickie Weeks hit a three-run homer for Milwaukee, and Gerardo Parra had two hits and two RBIs.

Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez left the game in the first inning with tightness in his right side and was replaced by Miguel Rojas.

Ramirez said he hurt himself in the batting cage before the game. During his at-bat in the first, Mattingly didn't like how Ramirez reacted and took him out.

"One swing, it just tightened up on me," Ramirez said. "What he (Mattingly) did is smart. He don't want to make it worse."

Los Angeles scored two runs in the seventh to take a 3-2 lead, but Milwaukee capitalized on two errors by reserve shortstop Justin Turner and scored four runs in the bottom half of the inning.

"Actually, it was a pretty good game there until the seventh," Mattingly said. "Then, we just defensively let our pitching down really. Really, it was our defence in general that let it down."

Adrian Gonzalez homered in the sixth for the Dodgers, and then had a tying RBI single in the seventh. Andre Ethier's RBI single later that inning gave the Dodgers a 3-2 lead.

The Dodgers' major league-best road record slipped to 36-24, but they will send Zack Greinke to the mound Saturday night and Clayton Kershaw on Sunday.

"We know the pitching that we are going to face the next couple of nights," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "So, it was important to win this game."

Jeremy Jeffress (1-1) picked up the win in relief. Brandon League (2-3) got the loss.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Dodgers: Ramirez walked on a 3-2 pitch from Kyle Lohse, and then didn't come out for the Brewers' half of the inning. He is listed as day to day. ... Beckett (6-6, 2.88 ERA) went on the 15-day disabled list for the third time this season.

Brewers: Catcher Jonathan Lucroy was held out in a precautionary move. He has a hamstring issue aggravated by running the bases in Thursday's game with San Francisco.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: Greinke (12-7, 2.71 ERA) starts the second game of the weekend series. He faces his former team for the first time this season.

Brewers: Right-hander Mike Fiers (0-1, 2.57 ERA) will be recalled from Triple-A Nashville before Saturday's game and make his first start with the Brewers this season. He's filling in for right-hander Matt Garza (left oblique strain), who is on the 15-day disabled list.

SEE YA LATER

The Dodgers and Brewers play six of their next 10 against each other in successive weekend series. Milwaukee travels to Los Angeles next Friday.

MAKING A MOVE

Milwaukee sent reliever Rob Wooten to Triple-A Nashville to make room for Fiers.

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