On the one-year anniversary of his 6-for-6, four-homer game at Miller Park, Green victimized Milwaukee starter
again, giving the Dodgers the lead with an RBI single in the first inning before adding another base hit in the third.
, although he didn't hit four home runs on his anniversary, put on a pretty good offensive show," Los Angeles manager
said. "He obviously loves hitting in this park. I don't think there's any getting around that. But what I saw the last couple of days in Los Angeles, to me began to really signify he was really coming around."
"I don't know, it's hard to pinpoint it," Milwaukee manager
said. "Some guys just have favorite places that they like to hit and do real well in, and you can't explain how or why they do it."
Rusch, who surrendered two of Green's six hits in the historic contest last season, struck out the Los Angeles right fielder in the fifth. But Green belted a three-run homer off Brewers reliever
in the seventh to give Milwaukee a 6-4 lead.
"It's weird how things work out, but it felt good to hit that home run and give Odalis (Perez) the win, since he pitched such a good game after that one inning," Green said. "I felt good the last couple days, but I feel comfortable at the plate here (at Miller Park).
"I don't think it's anything out of the ordinary. It just kind of worked out like that where there's been some good games for me. Arizona is similar as far as comfort level, but these two are probably the two parks I feel best at."
In nine career games played on May 23, Green is hitting .471 (16-for-34) with four doubles, six homers and 15 RBI.
Perez (4-2) was the beneficiary of Green's performance, getting the win despite allowing four runs and nine hits in six innings.
allowed one hit in three innings for his first career save.
"I thought about not losing in a tough situation with a guy on base and the tying run at the plate," Mota said.
Rusch (1-8) lost his seventh straight decision, surrendering five runs and nine hits in 6 1/3 innings. The lefthander walked two and struck out four.
The game was delayed for 18 minutes in the eighth inning when a bank of lights in right field went out.
After Green's RBI hit in the first,
Paul Lo Duca
scored on a double-play grounder by
to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.
But the Brewers rallied for four runs in the second against Perez.
"After the tough inning
had where he surrendered four runs, he made an adjustment, settled down and there was no further offensive damage," Tracy said.
and pinch hitter
started the seventh with back-to-back doubles, drawing the Dodgers within a run. Lo Duca drew a one-out walk before Yost brought in Foster, whose first pitch was belted over the right-center field by Green for his sixth homer.
"I wish I saw (the ball) like he does," Clayton said. "He's not a good hitter, he's an exceptional hitter, and unfortunately, he was in a situation where he could hurt us and he did."
Both starters avoided trouble by working out of bases-loaded jams. Rusch got
on an inning-ending forceout in the third, while
loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth before retiring Helms on a deep flyout.