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MIA@LAD: Ryu's solid start earns fourth win

The Brewers have hit left-handed pitching well this season, but they don't have the record to show for it.

Milwaukee leads the National League with a .436 slugging percentage against lefties, with 16 homers and a .754 OPS. But the Brewers are just 4-14 against southpaws, and will face another in Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu on Wednesday in the finale of a three-game series at Miller Park.

Even Brewers manager Ron Roenicke can't explain his club's wacky numbers against left-handed pitching.

"Maybe we're not pitching well that day, I'm not sure," Roenicke said. "Even though we're real right-handed, it's not like we've killed lefties in the time I've been here."

Ryu and the Dodgers will look to end a six-game road trip better than they started. The rookie walked five in five innings against the Braves in his last outing on Friday, when the Dodgers fell, 8-5, to begin the trip.

Los Angeles was swept in three games in Atlanta before a 3-1 victory on Monday thanks to Clayton Kershaw's complete game. But the Dodgers lost again on Tuesday, 5-2.

Ryu is the first of four straight lefties to start for the Dodgers for the first time in nearly four years. But the Korean is coming off his shortest outing of the season, and said he was "off balance" against the Braves.

"It's more of my timing between the upper body and lower body not being in sync as it usually is," he said. "I feel bad I couldn't go longer for my teammates."

Ryu has struggled on the road, going 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in five starts. The Dodgers haven't been much better, though, with a 7-13 mark away from home.

Wily Peralta will start for the Brewers, looking to avoid his third straight loss. The right-hander beat the Dodgers last month in Los Angeles, allowing three runs on six hits in six innings. But he's 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA in his last two starts.

Dodgers: Closer situation remains cloudy
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly would not name his closer before Tuesday's game, and didn't need one in the 5-2 loss.

The bullpen has struggled from top to bottom recently, with four relievers a combined 0-8 this month.

Brandon League has a 5.51 ERA, Kenley Jansen has three losses and given up four homers and Ronald Belisario has allowed eight of 12 inherited runners to score.

"I'd really like to see the bullpen get its confidence back and some semblance of order and get the guys in the roles we designed," Mattingly said. "I know where I want it to go, it just hasn't gone there. They set the roles the way they are pitching. Now it's hard to say, 'That guy deserves that inning.'"

Still, Mattingly has leaned towards Jansen in high-leverage situations over the past week.

Brewers: Gorzelanny, Narveson on the mend
The Brewers are in position to get left-handers Tom Gorzelanny and Chris Narveson back from the disabled list in the next two weeks.

Gorzelanny tossed 20 pitches in a live batting practice on Tuesday and aims to return to the Brewers' bullpen on Friday when they start a three-game set against the Pirates at Miller Park. The reliever was placed on the 15-day DL on May 11 with left shoulder tendinitis, but said he was able to throw all of his pitches in Tuesday's session.

Narveson, placed on the 15-day DL on April 8 with a sprained left middle finger, threw a bullpen session on Tuesday and is scheduled to face live hitters on Friday. If things continue to progress, Narveson could begin a rehab assignment at the beginning of next week.

"The finger felt good. Just kind of taking it day by day and see how it goes Friday against hitters," Narveson said. "You're just trying to prepare yourself and get your body ready to pitch again. I think you expect yourself to hit the ground running once you come back."

Worth noting
• The Brewers are 7-2 against the Dodgers at Miller Park since 2012.

• The Dodgers are 0-16 when trailing after six innings this year. Comments