MILWAUKEE (AP) — Mark Kotsay hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the ninth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 on Tuesday night to take their biggest lead in the NL Central ever this late in the season.
The streaking Brewers have won 18 of 20 and are seven games ahead of second-place St. Louis after the Cardinals lost 5-4 to the Pirates.
After a pitching duel between Yovani Gallardo and Chad Billingsley, the Dodgers bullpen imploded in the ninth.
Hong-Chih Kuo (0-2) issued a leadoff walk to Prince Fielder, then left for Mike MacDougal. Casey McGehee singled on MacDougal’s first pitch to put men on first and second and Yuniesky Betancourt walked on four pitches. Kotsay followed with a single and the celebration was on again.