Gwynn, Kemp, Miles, Ethier homer in win

Gwynn, Kemp, Miles, Ethier homer in win

Gwynn, Kemp, Miles, Ethier homer in win
PHOENIX -- Tony Gwynn Jr., Matt Kemp, Aaron Miles and Andre Ethier all homered before the end of the fifth inning and the Dodgers beat the Brewers, 7-1, at Maryvale Baseball Park on Tuesday.

Dodgers starter John Ely bolstered his bid for a roster spot with three spotless innings, holding a Brewers lineup that featured Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder to no runs and only one hit through the first three innings. Ely struck out two and didn't walk a batter.

Fielder hit his second spring home run for the Brewers, but by then the Dodgers were in control. Former Brewer Gwynn led off the game with a home run, Kemp's two-run shot highlighted a four-run third inning, and Miles and Ethier added solo homers to push the lead to 7-1 by the middle of the fifth.

Reliever Takashi Saito started for Milwaukee because of a hole in the schedule for the team's starters, and allowed two hits in the first inning, including Gwynn's first spring home run.

The Dodgers extended their lead in the third inning against Eulogio De La Cruz, a journeyman right-hander who pitched last season in Japan. De La Cruz surrendered four runs on five hits, including Kemp's two-run homer to right-center field.

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Tempers flared briefly at the end of the sixth inning, after Brewers third baseman Casey McGehee struck out with the bases loaded. Dodgers reliever Ramon Colon pumped his fist after the inning-ending whiff and McGehee took issue. The benches cleared, and Fielder had to be restrained, but no punches were thrown.

Afterwards, McGehee and Colon met outside the visitors clubhouse, where they patched things up.

"To me, it's not a big deal,"McGehee said. "He got excited, I got excited. He told me where he was coming from and I told him where I was coming from.

"There's a lot more important stuff to get [ticked] off about than a Spring Training game."

Colon agreed. "Things happen in the game," he said. "We talked, and he understands. Bases loaded, I'm trying to make the team. We played together in the Minors in 2008, when I was with Kansas City. He saw the way I pitched. I respect the game."

The whole scene took Dodgers manager Don Mattingly by surprise.

"They were a little fired up. I don't know if I've ever seen the benches clear in a Spring Training game. I didn't expect to see everyone run out.

"I thought it'd just be between Colon and Casey."

Nevertheless, Mattingly understood.

"Colon was just excited to show what he can do, coming back from 2-and-0. I can understand both sides."

Up next for Dodgers: The Dodgers will be a little more whole when they host the Mariners on Wednesday, in a 12:05 PT game at Camelback Ranch. James Loney and Jamey Carroll, out several days with a swollen left knee and a bruised right index finger, respectively, are both expected back in the lineup. Left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo, who has yet to pitch in an effort to reduce stress on his arm, is also expected to see action. Jon Garland will get the start, his second; he hurled three innings of one-hit ball against the Giants on Friday, allowing an unearned run.

Up next for Brewers: Randy Wolf will make his second spring start against the D-backs in the Brewers' first visit to Salt River Fields, the sparkling new spring home shared by Arizona and Colorado. But the big news will probably be made earlier in the day back at Maryvale Baseball Park, where manager Ron Roenicke may be ready to make public his pitching rotation to start the season.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.