LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Aaron Sele is back in the major leagues, back
in Southern California and back in the win column for the first
time since June.
Sele pitched 6 2/3 solid innings in his National League debut,
Russell Martin hit his first major league home run, and the Los
Angeles Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 10-2 Sunday to complete
a three-game sweep.
"Anytime you're in a big league atmosphere, it's a lot of
fun," Sele said. "I was excited to take the mound and hopefully
try to contribute in a positive way. You just go out there, try to
work quick and get the guys back in and let them do their jobs,
Olmedo Saenz and Rafael Furcal each hit two-run homers and Jeff
Kent also drove in two runs for the Dodgers, who have won four
straight following a five-game losing streak that dropped them into
the NL West basement. This was the fifth time they have swept
Milwaukee in a three-game series since the Brewers switched leagues
Sele (1-0) spent the first five weeks of the season with
Triple-A Las Vegas and got called up when left-hander Odalis Perez
was placed on the bereavement list to visit his ailing mother in
the Dominican Republic. The two-time All-Star made a good first
impression, allowing a run and five hits and retiring 13
consecutive batters at one point.
Jeff Cirillo, who entered the game in the fourth inning as a
defensive replacement after first baseman Prince Fielder left with
tightness in his groin, ended Sele's string of consecutive outs
with a leadoff double in the seventh.
"I was trying to keep the ball on the ground, keep the defense
involved and keep a good rhythm and pace out there for the guys to
be on their toes behind me," Sele said. "Furcal made a couple of
nice plays at shortstop that were a lot more difficult than he
makes them seem. This team has a lot of good quality players, and
all the components are here to compete and do well."
The Dodgers are Sele's fifth different club in a big league
career that began in 1993 with Boston. The right-hander won a
career-high 19 games for the Texas Rangers in 1998 and a World
Series ring with the Angels in 2002. He is the 81st player and 36th
pitcher to play for both the Dodgers and Angels.
"He's very composed, very patient, very experienced," Kent
said. "It's a blessing for a pitching staff because you can feed
off a guy like that who's calm, collected and very businesslike. I
thought he pitched a perfect game to the Brewers, keeping them
off-balance, in and out and mixing speeds up."
Dave Bush (2-4) gave up six runs and eight hits over six innings
and struck out seven in an emergency start after Ben Sheets was
scratched because of tightness in the front of his right shoulder.
Two of the runs were unearned, the result of fielding errors by
Fielder and second baseman Rickie Weeks.
"I was ready to pitch," Bush said. "I was semi-prepared for
it because I was actually going to be skipped this time around in
the rotation and was going to be available out of the bullpen this
weekend for long relief. So from that standpoint, It didn't make
that much of a difference. My stuff was good, not great. I did my
best to battle and complete. They hit a couple of mistakes I made
for home runs, but otherwise they hits the balls in the right
Bush struck out three batters in the first inning, including
Nomar Garciaparra, who won the previous two games for the Dodgers
with RBI singles in the ninth. But the right-hander also gave a
run-scoring single to Kent.
The Brewers tied it in the second on Bush's RBI single off
Sele's glove, but the Dodgers regained the lead in the bottom half
when Martin drove a 2-0 pitch into the seats in right-center. The
Canadian-born catcher, who made his major league debut on Friday,
is 4-for-10 with three RBI in three games since Dioner Navarro
went on the disabled list with a bruised right wrist.
The Dodgers tacked on three more in the third with Kent's RBI
double and Saenz' two-run homer. Andre Ethier, another Dodgers
rookie with less than a week's worth of major league experience,
made it 6-1 in the sixth with an RBI single. Furcal drove in the
final two runs in the ninth against knuckleballer Jared Fernandez
with his first homer as a Dodger.
Carlos Lee hit his 14th homer for Milwaukee. ... Sele was
0-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt. He had four hits in 28 previous big
league at-bats, all of them during interleague games. ... Sele
reached the 2,000-inning mark for his career when he retired Brady
Clark on a fly to right field to end the fourth. ... Martin is the
222nd Canadian to play in the majors. ... J.D. Drew, who leads the
Dodgers with six homers and 23 RBI, got the day off. Drew has hit
17 home runs against the Brewers, his highest total against any
team. ... The Brewers have lost four of five after a 6-1 stretch.
They are 8-25 against the Dodgers since the 2001 season.