Braun, Gomez take Dodgers deep

Braun, Gomez take Dodgers deep

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Andre Ethier homered, doubled and drove in four runs for the Dodgers, but Carlos Gomez's three-run homer in the eighth inning ignited the Brewers to a 9-4 win on Friday at Camelback Ranch.

Milwaukee struck first on Ryan Braun's long home run off starter Chris Capuano with two outs in the first inning. After a slow start to the spring, Braun has reached base safely in his last eight games.

With Brewers reliever Francisco Rodriguez starting the game so he could face Major League hitters, the Dodgers welcomed him with a pair of first-inning runs on a hit batter, a Cesar Izturis fielding error and a two-run double by Ethier.

Ethier doubled the Dodgers' lead in the third inning, following a single by Matt Kemp with his third home run of the spring off Juan Perez. Ethier has 15 extra-base hits and 16 RBIs in 17 Cactus League games.

Plate umpire Mike Lusky warned both clubs in the sixth inning after a Capuano pitch sailed behind Braun. The previous inning, Dodgers outfielder Juan Rivera was hit on the forearm by a Marco Estrada fastball. Jerry Hairston of the Dodgers and Nishioka Aoki of the Brewers were also hit by pitches in the first two innings.

Braun said he likes Capuano, calling him "a good dude" and "a great teammate." They've known each other since Braun's first Spring Training in 2006.

"He knows we're friends," said Capuano. "I don't want anybody getting hurt. We had been working him inside, that one went a little further."

Brooks Conrad greeted reliever Matt Guerrier with a home run leading off the seventh inning. It was Guerrier's first exhibition appearance since March 11, having been sidelined by a sore back.

Up next, Dodgers: Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw will make his final tuneup for Opening Day when he faces the Arizona Diamondbacks and Ian Kennedy at Salt River Fields on Saturday at 1:10 p.m. PT. It will be Kershaw's fifth start this spring, all on the road. Likely relievers include Javy Guerra and Jamey Wright.

Up next, Brewers: The Brewers will hit the road for an early game against the Padres on Saturday in Peoria, Ariz., with Tim Stauffer throwing his first pitch at 2:05 p.m. CT and Chris Narveson on the mound for Milwaukee. The Brewers hope to get first baseman Mat Gamel back in the lineup after he was scratched Friday with a virus. Gamel leads the Brewers with four Cactus League home runs and has looked agile at first base, where he is replacing Prince Fielder.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.