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SD@LAD: Harang fans 13, including nine consecutive

Randy Wolf didn't mince words after his disastrous outing last week against the Braves.

"I keep it reasonably close and we win the game," Wolf said after giving up eight runs over 4 1/3 innings in a 10-8 Milwaukee loss. "It's frustrating to stink that bad."

The southpaw -- who will take the mound in Thursday afternoon's series finale against the Dodgers -- has not earned a win in his first two starts for the second consecutive season. Wolf would be more than happy to have this season continue to follow 2011's pattern, though. Following his 0-2 start last season, Wolf rattled off three consecutive wins, allowing just one run over 20 2/3 innings.

While Wolf said he can't remember the last time he felt as uncomfortable as he did his last time out, Dodgers starter Aaron Harang was possibly the most comfortable he's ever been on the mound the last time he toed the rubber.

Despite finishing with a no-decision against the Padres last Friday, Harang matched a career high with 13 strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings. At one point, the right-hander struck out a franchise-record nine straight batters.

"It didn't really hit me until the crowd got into it and started cheering," said Harang, who was just one strikeout shy of Tom Seaver's Major League record of 10 consecutive strikeouts, set in 1970. "I didn't realize it or figure out what was going on until then. It was a pretty neat experience."

Dodgers: Rivera expected back in starting lineup
One night after entering the game in the seventh inning, left fielder Juan Rivera is expected to be back in the starting lineup on Thursday afternoon.

Manager Don Mattingly said before the game that he wanted to rest Rivera in one of the final two games of the series and, based on matchups, Wednesday night made more sense for a night off.

"I know Rivera, when he plays five, six, seven games in a row, he gets worn down," Mattingly said. "So I'll try to give him a breather with favorable matchups."

Rivera is 7-for-16 with a home run in his career against Wolf. He was 0-for-6 in his career against Wednesday's starter Zack Greinke

Brewers: Ramirez hits first homer, moves up on all-time list
With his first home run in a Brewers uniform on Wednesday night -- and his 313th as a third baseman -- Aramis Ramirez moved into eighth place all-time at that position.

Ramirez's solo shot against the Dodgers moved him out of a tie with former Dodger Ron Cey. Next in Ramirez's sights is Gary Gaetti, who hit 332 homers as a third baseman. Then comes Ron Santo (337), Matt Williams (359), Graig Nettles (368), Chipper Jones (378 and counting), Eddie Mathews (486) and all-time leader Mike Schmidt (509).

Even with his 2-for-4 performance Wednesday night, Ramirez is hitting just .140 in his debut season with the Brewers.

Worth noting
• Matt Kemp is just 1-for-10 with seven strikeouts in his career against Wolf. His lone hit against the southpaw was a two-run homer.

• Alex Gonzalez is 7-for-11 with six RBIs against Harang. Comments