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MIL@SD: Lohse hurls five innings of one-run ball

Sunday's series finale between the Brewers and Dodgers at Chavez Ravine features a marquee pitching matchup between two of baseball's best starters.

Kyle Lohse will be on the hill for Milwaukee, while Clayton Kershaw takes the mound for Los Angeles in the rubber match.

Lohse understands the excitement around the matchup, but he's trying not to overthink the start.

"This is just one of many games," Lohse said. "Going into it, you know runs are going to be scarce, but it doesn't really affect my approach. It's more probably for the fans and people watching. For me, I don't worry about who I'm going against, ever. I'm only worried about their lineup."

Lohse will pitch six days after dislocating the pinkie finger on his left hand at Petco Park. Exiting the start early because of the injury, Lohse was on his way to his fourth straight quality start. However, the right-hander still managed to pick up his first win with the Brewers, allowing just one run on five hits in five innings.

Meanwhile, Kershaw is trying to bounce back after three lukewarm starts, the most recent on Tuesday against the Mets.

The left-hander retired the first eight batters he faced, but barely made it through five innings, with a tiring 111 pitches. Kershaw allowed two runs on three hits in the no-decision, and it marked his shortest start so far this season.

"I was pretty terrible," a critical Kershaw said after the game. "I just beat myself. I just did everything wrong. I didn't have a very good night."

Kershaw has struggled against the Brewers in his career, going 2-3 with a 4.94 ERA in six career starts, including an 0-3 record with a 8.47 ERA in four starts at Dodger Stadium.

Brewers: Betancourt bats cleanup
• Yuniesky Betancourt hit cleanup for the Brewers in Saturday's game against the Dodgers, the first time he's done so this season.

Betancourt was so surprised when he arrived at Dodger Stadium on Saturday and saw the lineup card, he asked hitting coach Johnny Narron if it was for real.

"This is my first time fourth in the lineup," said Betancourt, who had started games at every other spot in the batting order during a nine-year Major League career. "I was surprised. I asked the hitting coach, 'Hey, is everything OK here?' It feels good. I'm not going to change my approach at the plate. I'm trying to keep everything the same -- see the ball and hit it."

He finished the night 2-for-5 with an RBI.

Dodgers: Ellis sits out Saturday's game
• Mark Ellis is hoping to avoid a trip to the disabled list after the second baseman strained his right quad in Friday's game against the Brewers.

Ellis received treatment on Saturday and was out of the lineup as the Dodgers hope the veteran can return in a few days. Ellis strained his quad while running to first base on a ground ball in the fifth inning Friday and was removed from the game.

"We'll be able to make a better decision [Sunday]," manager Don Mattingly said. "We're obviously going to bite the bullet for a day or two here and see where we're at, which to me is good news. Any time you see somebody pull up like that, it's usually not good news. But today it seemed better."

Skip Schumaker started in place of Ellis at second and catcher A.J. Ellis replaced the second baseman in the No. 2 hole in the lineup.

Worth noting
• Sunday marks the second Viva Los Dodgers of the season presented by Chevrolet, State Farm and Time Warner Cable. The first 15,000 ticketed kids 14 years old and under in attendance will receive a kids' batting helmet presented by Sports Authority. The pregame family-friendly festival begins at 10:40 a.m. PT in Lot 6 at Dodger Stadium.

• The Brewers are 10-1 this season when they score first. Comments