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Manny Machado Homers in Dodger Stadium Debut, But Dodgers Lose to Brewers

Eric Thames hit a three-run home run and Christian Yelich extended his hitting streak to 14 games as the Milwaukee Brewers overcame a brief power outage delay and beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 Monday night.

Manny Machado gave the fans what they wanted. 

Eric Thames hit a three-run home run and Christian Yelich extended his hitting streak to 14 games as the Milwaukee Brewers overcame a brief power outage delay and beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 Monday night.

"I haven't seen that one before," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts of the lights going out. "I'm not sure what happened, but they got it resolved quick enough. That was kind of weird."

Manny Machado homered in the ninth inning in his first home game with the Dodgers. Machado went 1-for-3 with two walks, delivering his 26th home run of the season to center field off Brewers reliever Corey Knebel. He struck out in the fourth inning with two runners in scoring position.

"It was awesome. Since day one since I got here, everyone has been very welcoming and it's been amazing," Machado said of the reception he received from the home crowd. "So to come out there and get a nice ovation my first at-bat it never gets better than that. Those are the monents you never forget."

Machado made his Dodgers debut July 20 at Milwaukee after he was acquired in a trade from the Baltimore Orioles. He scored the Dodgers' first run Monday on Max Muncy's triple in the third inning.

"The crowd was definitely electric," Machado said of his Dodger Stadium debut. "Fans definitely come out here and support us. There's never a better feeling than playing in front of your home crowd."

Machado has a career-high hit streak of 30 games. 

Josh Hader (4-0) had three strikeouts over two scoreless innings of relief as the Brewers won for the seventh time in 10 games to follow a seven-game losing streak that ended July 21.

The game was delayed 23 minutes when the power went out between the first and second innings. The stadium lights, as well as the scoreboard all went dark. The Dodgers said the outage was due to "a disruption in the city's power feed to the facility."


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The Brewers had a 1-0 lead at the time of the delay. Milwaukee loaded the bases three batters into the game — started by a leadoff double by Yelich that extended his streak — against Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda before getting an RBI single from Travis Shaw. Maeda prevented more damage by getting a strikeout, popup and fly ball to end the threat.

Thames capped a two-out rally in the third inning with his 14th home run of the season. Shaw worked a two-out walk before Ryan Braun singled. Thames then drilled a 0-1 pitch off Maeda into the bleachers in left-center to make it 3-0.

Shaw finished with three hits and a walk.

Maeda (7-6) lasted just 4 2/3 innings, throwing 102 pitches. He gave up four runs and seven hits with four strikeouts and three walks.

"I just felt like I didn't have my stuff today," Maeda said through a translator. 

His manager agreed. 

"I just don't think he was sharp tonight," said Roberts. "Tonight the fastball command just wasn't there. He left an 0-1 fastball up to Thames and he's a pretty good fastball hitter."

Brewers starter Freddy Peralta went four innings, giving up one run and three hits with four walks and six strikeouts. He threw 98 pitches.

Joakim Soria pitched a scoreless seventh inning in his second appearance with Milwaukee after being acquired last week in a trade from the Chicago White Sox.

The Dodgers have lost consecutive games after starting the second half with six wins in nine games. They have just six hits in their last two games after they nearly were no-hit at Atlanta on Sunday by Sean Newcomb.


Brewers: RHP Jimmy Nelson and C Stephen Vogt, both on the 60-day disabled list following shoulder surgery, were with the team in Los Angeles to get further examinations as they each continue their road to recovery.

Dodgers: RHP Ross Stripling was placed on the disabled list with inflammation in the big toe of his right foot, with manager Dave Roberts saying it could take 10-12 days to heal. ... Justin Turner (right groin strain) took live batting practice Monday and ran the bases, three days before he is eligible to return from the 10-day disabled list.


Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett was on field at Dodger Stadium pregame Monday, watching batting practice for both the Dodgers and Brewers. Garrett held a lengthy conversation on the field with Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, a Dallas-area native.

The Cowboys are in training camp in nearby Oxnard, approximately 60 miles west of Los Angeles.


Brewers: LHP Wade Miley (1-1, 2.01 ERA) figures to feel right at home at Dodger Stadium, where he is 3-0 with a 2.41 ERA over six career starts.

Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (4-3, 3.92) will make his third start since returning from the DL because of a rib microfracture, coming off an outing at Philadelphia where he gave up five earned runs to match a season high.

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