Kent also homers in Dodgers' victory

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have been waiting all
season for J.D. Drew to start driving in runs on a consistent
basis. Perhaps now their wishes will be answered.

Drew drove in three runs with a pair of homers, Jeff Kent also
homered and the Dodgers ended a three-game losing streak with a 6-4
victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night.

"The expectations I put on myself are high," said Drew, who
has only 26 RBI in 50 games after driving in a career-high 93 runs
last season for Atlanta. "I try not to get down on myself or my
swing. I'm just trying to relax and do the little things.

"The last week and a half I've felt really good. Tonight I had
some good swings and was fortunate enough to get the barrel of the
bat on the ball."

Giovanni Carrara (5-2) pitched two innings of one-hit relief for
the victory, helping send Milwaukee to its fifth loss in six games
and preventing the Dodgers from slipping below the .500 mark for
the first time since their opening day loss at San Francisco.

Eric Gagne struck out three in the ninth -- but also allowed a
run, a hit, two walks, and threw two wild pitches. He earned his
fourth save in as many chances. It was his first save opportunity
at Dodger Stadium since coming off the disabled list on May 14.

Ben Sheets (1-5) lost his fifth straight start, allowing five
runs, six hits and three homers in five-plus innings. The two-time
All-Star couldn't hold a 3-0 lead and fell to 4-14 since last
year's All-Star break -- though the Brewers have been shut out five
times during that stretch.

Sheets was sidelined for 38 days, spending three of them in a
Houston hospital because of an inner ear problem that left him
dizzy and disoriented. The right-hander returned to the rotation
Saturday and pitched five innings in a 9-6 loss to Houston,
allowing one earned run.

"I felt good tonight. But my location was terrible, just
terrible," Sheets said. "You can't pitch without location. I'm
just trying to get in a groove. That wasn't the right stuff right
there, no way."

The defending NL West champions tied it 3-all in the fifth
inning on Jason Phillips' RBI single, then took the lead in the
sixth when Antonio Perez led off with a double and Drew followed
with a drive into the right field pavilion on an 0-1 pitch. It was
his ninth homer of the season and fourth of his career against

"It's been a battle for him. But he was big for us tonight, and
we needed it," Phillips said. "I've never played with the guy
before this year, but all I know his numbers are there year in and
year out. So maybe when he gets hot, he gets really hot -- and when
he's cold he goes through some bad spells."

Matt Wise relieved and struck out the next three batters.

Sheets retired his first 11 before Drew hit a 1-1 breaking ball
over the center field fence. Kent, who came to the plate 4-for-22
against Sheets, drove his 10th homer into the left field pavilion
on a 2-1 pitch to trim Milwaukee's lead to 3-2.

It was the third time that Kent and Drew, who signed with the
Dodgers as free agents two weeks apart last December, have homered
in the same game. Kent was given a two-year, $17 million contract,
and Drew got a five-year deal for $55 million.

"These are guys who have proven they can do the job in big
situations," Phillips said. "Sometimes I think we put too much
pressure on them. When they're not coming through, it's easy to
say, `Well, this guy's not doing his job.' But nobody's going to be

Dodgers lefty Derek Thompson allowed three runs and six hits
over five innings and struck out five in his second big league

"The first time out, the walks were killing me. So this time I
wanted to emphasize on getting strike one," Thompson said. "I
felt like I had a quality start because when I came out, the team
had a chance to win. We won tonight, and that's the most important

Milwaukee opened the scoring in the second when Bill Hall
doubled off the glove of right fielder Jayson Werth for the first
of his three hits and scored on Junior Spivey's single.

The Brewers made it 3-0 with a pair of fourth-inning runs.
Carlos Lee walked and scored when Wes Helms singled to deep
shortstop, just beating the throw to first from Gold Glove winner
Cesar Izturis and tumbling over the bag. Chad Moeller followed with
an RBI single.

Pinch-hitter Olmedo Saenz hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth to
make it 6-3. Overbay scored Milwaukee's fourth run on two wild
pitches by Gagne.

Game notes
Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, who watched the game
from owner Frank McCourt's field level box seats, was piloting the
2000 U.S. Olympic Team when Sheets pitched a three-hit shutout
against Cuba to clinch the gold medal. ... Brewers 3B Russell
Branyan was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken middle
finger on his left hand. He was injured while attempting to bunt
for a hit on Wednesday night at San Diego. ... Milwaukee recalled
OF Dave Krynzel, the 11th overall pick in the June 2000 draft, from
Triple-A Nashville to fill the vacant roster spot.