GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Andre Ethier appears to have put last year's knee problems behind him.
Ethier hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 on Tuesday."I'm not trying to hit the ball a certain way other than hard and squared up," he said.Ethier is 11-for-25 (.440) with two homers, and 10 of his hits have been for extra bases. He had an RBI grounder in the first and broke a 3-all tie in the sixth when he homered into the right-field bullpen off Marco Estrada.Last year, Ethier hit just .220 against left-handers."I feel like he's one of the best hitters in the league when he's going right," manager Don Mattingly said.Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley gave up three runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings, including a two-run homer by Brooks Conrad.Brewers starter Chris Narveson allowed three runs and seven hits in four innings."I had to settle down and make some pitches," Narveson said. "When you see a couple balls get up, it's easy to make a mental note: `Hey, keep the ball down."`Los Angeles took a 3-0 lead in the first when Dee Gordon led off with a triple, James Loney had an RBI double and Mark Ellis singled in a run. Gordon had three hits.Milwaukee's Nyjer Morgan went 2-for-3, including a double and a walk."He had really, really good at bats," manager Ron Roenicke said.
Brewers reliever Francisco Rodriguez pitched two innings in a minor league game. ... Dodgers reserve INF Ivan DeJesus Jr. tore his oblique while swinging a bat Saturday against San Francisco. "He feels better than the MRI shows," Mattingly said, adding DeJesus could be sidelined for a few weeks. ... NL MVP Ryan Braun was scratched because of tightness in a groin.