Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> Five days after he writhed in pain on the infield grass at Chase Field in Phoenix, after a 95 mph line drive by Paul Goldschmidt jolted into his right leg, Kenta Maeda answered any lingering questions about his durability.The rookie right-hander, making his scheduled start on a sweltering, 99-degree Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium, threw 107 pitches to equal his season high as he lasted into the seventh inning.“First and foremost, Kenta’s got a lot of fight, a lot of heart,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “When you’re not feeling 100 percent, to go out there and compete, that’s what Kenta does.”Maeda, whose right leg was considered bruised after X-rays were negative, surrendered just one run on six hits with eight strikeouts and three walks as the Dodgers defeated Milwaukee 2-1, earning their third straight win in front of an announced crowd of 45,931. “I’m proud of him for the way he battled,” catcher A.J. Ellis said.The Dodgers pulled ahead of the Brewers late. With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, catcher Yasmani Grandal drew a walk on a 3-2 count to bring in the winning run. It was a fastball from Tyler Thornburg that missed the outside corner of the plate, leading to the walk-off walk.Grandal had been inserted as a pinch hitter.“I know Yasmani against a right-hander, can really conduct an at-bat, can hit a gap, get a base and maybe even draw a walk,” Roberts said. “Throughout his career, he gets on base.”It was another close call. Two of their three wins over the Brewers came in walk-off fashion, by one run. “For us, it wasn’t the prettiest, and we kind of did it the hard way,” Roberts said, “but there’s a lot of fight in our guys. Finding ways to win is still important.”Adrian Gonzalez and Trayce Thompson began the ninth-inning rally with consecutive one-out singles. Joc Pederson struck out. But Howie Kendrick was walked on five pitches, loading the bases for Grandal.Kiké Hernandez offered the game-tying home run in the eighth inning, when he knocked a fastball 421 feet into the bullpen in left field.“Such a big moment momentum swing,” Ellis said.Hernandez, like Grandal, came in as pinch hitter, giving the Dodgers their first run of the game.“Once I tied the game, everyone was like, ‘Oh, it’s really hot. Can you please score another one?’ They don’t want to go to extras,” Hernandez said. “Sure enough we did.”It was his first pinch-hit home run against a reliever and he had been hitless in previous 16 at-bats when he began Sunday.“We’re getting hits when we need them,” Ellis said.With Maeda on the mound, the Dodgers did not need a whole lot of them.It was as well as he had pitched this season, seemingly moving through the Brewers’ lineup with more and more ease as the game moved along.The lone run he allowed came against the second batter he faced when Scooter Gennett hammered his 91 mph fastball to center field.Maeda worked on 0-2 count against Gennett before throwing two balls. Gennett fouled off a pair. On the seventh pitch, he hit it 399 feet.It took Maeda 20 pitches to get through the first, and he threw 67 in the first three innings.“I wasn’t able to execute my pitches,” he said. “That’s it.”Things changed.“After that third inning, he got back in and reestablished his fastball,” Ellis said. “I know he got some insight in the dugout about trying to change some things up mechanically and it showed right away. It speaks to how talented he is, how athletic he is. His fastball command was dominant the rest of the game. That’s huge for us, because Kenta can use his off-speed at will – and that’s really good – but teams can sit on that.”PITCHf/x showed that Maeda threw his four-seam fastball 32 times and his two-seamer 20 times. Of those 52 pitches, 33 went for strikes.The mechanical tweaks helped.“At the top of his delivery, he was being a little too quick, and his arm had a hard time catching up,” Roberts said. “I think he worked on staying back and getting a little better pause at the top.”He later had a 1-2-3 fourth inning and faced no more than three batters in the fifth and sixth, working far more efficiently.It saved an exhausted bullpen that had thrown 161/3 innings in the first three games of the weekend series.Maeda’s leg showed no serious restrictions, even on the base paths when he ran from first to third on a Corey Seager single in the third inning. The throw beat him, though.Milwaukee starter Matt Garza made his second start of the season and held the Dodgers to five hits over six scoreless innings after they had tallied 14 in a 10-6 win the previous night.