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Dodgers shoot for .500 in middle tilt with Brewers

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(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Dodgers try to go back over .500 on Saturday when they continue their three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles drew first blood in this series on Friday, as Adrian Gonzalez drove in three runs, including the go-ahead two-run double in the seventh inning to lead the Dodgers to a 7-5 win. Carl Crawford belted a solo home run and had two RBI while Jerry Hairston Jr. and Andre Ethier drove in a run apiece for the Dodgers, who have won four of their last five games to improve to 11-11.

"I'm just trying to square everything up," Crawford said. "I had a tough road trip, so I'm just trying to get back on track."

Dodgers starter Josh Beckett lasted 5 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, but didn't get a decision. Ronald Belisario (2-2) pitched 1 2/3 perfect innings of relief and Brandon League notched his seventh save.

Yuniesky Betancourt homered, Jean Segura drove in two runs and had a stolen base while Ryan Braun and Norichika Aoki each had an RBI for the Brewers, who saw starter Hiram Burgos allow three runs on four hits and two walks over six innings.

"They played a little bit better than us. They made a few mistakes that we didn't take advantage of. Hopefully tomorrow we have a different outcome," Braun said.

Wily Peralta takes the hill for the Brewers trying to follow up his first win of the season. Peralta defeated the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, holding them to a pair of runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings to improve to 1-1 to go along with a 5.16 ERA.

Peralta has never faced the Dodgers, who will counter with righty Stephen Fife.

Fife took over the rotation spot left by Chad Billingsley and did not get a decision in his first start on Sunday in Baltimore, as he surrendered four runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings of a 7-4 win.

"It definitely would have been nice to get that last out, but I definitely understand where that came from," Fife said of his removal. "I failed in one aspect, but I gave us enough of a chance to get a win. It's just not the way to start a game."

The Dodgers lost six of seven meetings with Milwaukee last season, losing all four encounters at Chavez Ravine.

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