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Friday, April 26th (All times eastern)

Milwaukee Brewers (11-9) at Los Angeles Dodgers (10-11), 10:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Hiram Burgos (1-0, 1.80) Los Angeles - Josh Beckett (0-3, 4.68)

(Sports Network) - Their winning streak may be over, but the Milwaukee Brewers have still won three straight series. They'll begin another one Friday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chavez Ravine.

The Brewers were aiming for their 10th straight win and a three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, only to suffer a 2-1 loss at Petco Park. Milwaukee didn't go down easy and made it interesting in the ninth inning on Yuniesky Betancourt's RBI double with two outs. Martin Maldonado was then called out for batter's interference to end the game.

Maldonado hit a bouncer at the plate that ricocheted off of the player's body.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, who was ejected Tuesday for arguing balls and strikes, was somewhat critical on the umpire's call.

"To end the game, you better know darn well that he's out of the box," Roenicke said. "You could see the ball coming off his shoulder as Maldy's taking a step to first base. He's definitely not out of the box."

Either way, the Brewers are still 9-1 in their last 10 games and 2-1 on a six- game road trip. Marco Estrada suffered the unfortunate loss and allowed two runs -- one earned -- and five hits in 6 1/3 innings.

In other team news, Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez is nearing a return from a sprained left knee and has been out since April 5. He has started to take batting practice and ground balls again with the team.

"We've talked about why he can't rush it," Roenicke said. "He doesn't really want to go on a rehab, so that makes it more important not to rush it. We have to make sure when we activate him, he's ready to go."

Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks is embroiled in a 5-for-58 slump

Milwaukee pitcher Hiram Burgos did enough in his major league debut to earn another start, so he'll be toeing the rubber once again Friday. Roenicke made the decision to go with Burgos before Kyle Lohse separated his left pinkie finger. Lohse is slated to go Sunday in the series finale.

Meanwhile, Burgos took the hill in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Chicago Cubs and tossed five innings of one-run ball. He allowed five hits, struck out one and did not issue a walk.

"He threw well, and I think he definitely earned his second start right there," Milwaukee catcher Jonathan Lucroy said. "He'll go out there and give us a chance to win, and the key point to that is that he throws strikes."

The Dodgers are back home following a six-game road trip (3-3) through Baltimore and New York. They dropped two of three to the Orioles, then took the series from the Mets with Thursday's 3-2 win.

Andre Ethier had an RBI single and Juan Uribe plated a run with an infield single in the ninth inning to grab a 3-2 lead, while Brandon League surrendered a home run to Ike Davis in the bottom half before settling down to notch his sixth save.

"This is the type of win we haven't been grinding out the last week or two," Ethier said. "We didn't fold after (Davis') homer. We kept after it. Maybe this is the turning point in getting us the feeling we can win close games."

L.A. liked what it saw from rookie Korean hurler Hyun-Jin Ryu, who allowed three hits and one run to go along with eight strikeouts over seven innings. Manager Don Mattingly was impressed with how Ryu battled it out.

"That was a big decision for us (to keep Ryu in through seven innings), Mattingly said. "He told us he could do it. It's a big win for us."

Matt Kemp went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Dodgers and is starting to see the ball better lately. He is batting .458 with a home run, five RBI and 11 hits in the last six games.

The Dodgers announced that right-hander Chad Billingsley underwent Tommy John surgery and will need about a year to recover fully. Also, shortstop Hanley Ramirez could begin a rehab assignment soon on his injured thumb.

Los Angeles will also welcome Colorado for three games on the homestand.

With the L.A. rotation struggling and missing two key contributors in Zack Greinke and Billingsley, Dodgers starter Josh Beckett has to step it up. Beckett takes the mound Friday and is winless (0-3) in four starts to go along with a 4.68 earned run average.

Beckett gave up a season-high six runs in 5 2/3 innings of a 6-1 loss at Baltimore on Saturday. In the previous start, Beckett was dealt a hard-luck loss in a 1-0 setback at Arizona on April 14, when he held the Diamondbacks to a run in 8 1/3 innings.

The right-hander and 2003 World Series MVP is 1-2 with an 8.84 ERA in four career starts against Milwaukee.

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

04/26 10:42:40 ET

  • ACC: Syracuse at NC State

    Saturday at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Florida at Kentucky

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Pac 12: Stanford at Arizona

    Saturday at 4:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Big Ten: Wisconsin at Minnesota

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NBA: Dallas at Portland

    Tomorrow at 9:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NHL: Hurricanes vs. Minnesota

    Friday at 8:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
4th
BRK 87
CHA 110
 
2nd
DUKE 85
WAKE 44
 
Final
LOS 4
CWS 6
 
Final
CLE 4
CIN 2
 
Final
TEX 2
KAN 13
 
Final
SFG 2
OAK 9
 
Final
SEA 4
SDP 3
 
Final
MIL 8
WMIL 0
 
Final
COL 3
ARI 6
 
Final
MIN 3
UMIN 1
 
Final
IND 105
NYK 82
 
Final
ORL 100
PHO 105
 
4th
BRK 87
CHA 110
 
4th
TOR 106
CLE 111
 
4th
BOS 83
UTA 82
 
4th
MIN 65
DEN 77
 
3rd
NOP 65
DET 61
 
3rd
MIA 67
LAL 59
 
4th
HOU 79
MEM 85
 
3rd
OKC 72
PHI 86
 
Half
SAN 54
SAC 38
 
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
MIL
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LAC
POR
Final
UNCA 80
LIB 70
 
Final
PSU 67
OSU 77
 
Final
USB 62
BING 57
 
Final
FORD 66
DUQ 81
 
Final
GMAS 51
GWU 67
 
Final
UNH 54
HART 52
 
Final
STJOE 55
LAS 50
 
Final
Terriers 79
LIU 70
 
Final
GTDNS 83
MAINE 66
 
Final
LOU 59
ND 71
 
Final
SHU 66
PROV 79
 
Final
BRY 91
SHU 85
 
Final
MORE 79
SEMIZ 74
 
Final
MNTER 58
RFLSH 73
 
Final
LSU 63
TENN 78
 
Final
SFLA 74
UCF 45
 
Final
VERM 66
UMBC 39
 
Final
RMU 91
WAGN 68
 
Final
UMASS 53
RICH 56
 
2nd
TULA 52
HOU 49
 
2nd
YALE 71
HOW 57
 
2nd
PITT 53
MIAMI 57
 
2nd
TXPA 46
NMST 59
 
2nd
MSU 47
PURD 42
 
2nd
STLU 44
BONA 57
 
2nd
DUKE 85
WAKE 44
 
1st
TULSA 13
CIN 25
 
Half
VANDY 32
MSST 36
 
1st
OKST 31
TCU 28
 
1st
UCLA 39
USC 23
 
1st
WYO 37
UTST 30
 
1st
MARQ 18
STJ 16
 
1st
EILL 13
SIUE 17
 
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FRES
AFA
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SJST
BSU
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NEV
COLST
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ILL
NEB
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ORST
OREG
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UNLV
SDST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
UCSB
 
3rd
WIN 0
OTT 3
 
2nd Intermission
DET 1
NYR 1
 
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ANA
MON
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COL
PIT