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LAD@MIL: Brewers walk off in 10th on Braun's sac fly

MILWAUKEE -- Zack Greinke did not get the win, but the Brewers managed to stay perfect when he takes the mound at Miller Park.

They've won all 17 of his regular-season starts here, a magical run that continued Wednesday night with the Brewers' second straight walk-off win, a 3-2, 10-inning triumph over the Dodgers. Greinke's seven innings were long over when Nyjer Morgan ran through a stop sign and scored the winning run on Ryan Braun's sacrifice fly.

There's a chance Morgan ran all the way home. He was gone by the time a happy clubhouse opened to reporters, leaving Morgan's teammates to sing his praises.

"I thought he should have tagged," said Greinke. "I mean, take a chance. You have to make a good throw, and Nyjer is fast. I thought it was worth the risk."

With the teams tied at 2 since the sixth inning, the bottom of the 10th began with Dodgers reliever Matt Guerrier walking Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy on five pitches. Lucroy was replaced by pinch-runner Morgan, who had to freeze when pinch-hitter Cesar Izturis popped up a bunt. But Morgan stole second three pitches later and took third when the throw deflected into center field.

The Dodgers employed a five-man infield and intentionally walked Rickie Weeks, then walked red-hot pinch-hitter George Kottaras. Up next was Braun, who was 0-for-4, including a pair of outs with men in scoring position, and 0-for-7 in the series.

Braun hit a fly ball to shallow center field, where Matt Kemp caught it flat-footed. Brewers third-base coach Ed Sedar held both hands up high -- baseball's universal signal for, "Stop!" Morgan had other ideas, and raced home against Kemp's throw, which arrived ahead of the runner but a bit up the line.

Plate umpire Mike DiMuro's call was safe. Brewers win. Dodgers fume.

"I just saw the replay and, obviously, we should still be playing," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "That's a good argument for another case for instant replay. They'll look at a home run, but not a play at the plate that costs a game."

These games mark the Brewers' first back-to-back walk-off wins since May 27-28, 2010, against the Astros and Mets.

Morgan may have been due a break after a tough start to the season. He has four singles in 32 at-bats, good for a .125 batting average. Morgan was out of Wednesday's lineup because left-hander Chris Capuano started for the Dodgers.

So Morgan won the game off the bench instead.

"I didn't think he was going to go," said Aramis Ramirez, whose maiden Brewers home run had tied the game back in the sixth. "It was a pretty short fly ball and Kemp is pretty good out there. He's got a good arm. But we took a chance, and it paid off."

Said Greinke: "[Morgan] set it up with a great steal, too. ... He kind of won the game [himself] right there."

Asked what he thought when he saw Morgan charge past the stop sign, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke paused, then smiled before answering.

"Nyjer, he's got energy, and he felt it," Roenicke said. "Sometimes the player may see something a little bit different than a coach does. It worked out good."

Six days after struggling through three innings against the Cubs, Greinke was on his game again, as he almost always is at Miller Park. He pitched seven innings and allowed four hits and two runs, the first of which was scored by Mark Ellis, who tripled after getting a call from DiMuro on what might have been a strikeout. With his no-decision, Greinke remained 12-0 in home games -- 13-0 if you add a win from last year's postseason. If you include both of Greinke's postseason outings, the Brewers are 19-0 when he takes the Miller Park mound.

As a bonus, Greinke notched the first hit by a Brewers pitcher this season, a double off Capuano in the fifth inning. Milwaukee's pitchers were 0-for-21 before Greinke's hit.

"It was starting to get in everyone's head a little bit," he joked.

After Grienke exited, Francisco Rodriguez labored through a scoreless eighth inning, stranding a pair of runners. John Axford pitched a 1-2-3 ninth and Kameron Loe a scoreless 10th for the win.

The teams traded runs over the early innings, with the Dodgers striking first on Kemp's RBI single in the first inning and the Brewers answering with a two-out single in the second by first baseman Mat Gamel.

After the Dodgers pushed back in the fifth on a run-scoring groundout, the Brewers answered again in the sixth inning on Ramirez's booming home run, a 444-foot blast that struck the Harley Davidson Deck above the left-center-field concourse.

It was Ramirez's first home run as a Brewer in his 42nd at-bat and 46th plate appearance of what so far has been a trying season. It was also his 313th career homer as a third baseman, giving Ramirez sole possession of eighth place on Major League Baseball's list of sluggers at that position.

"It came at the right time," Ramirez said.

So did Morgan's decision to go on his own.

"We had so many games like that at home last year," said Greinke. "We just find ways to win here." Comments