Lyle Overbay has found his niche with the Milwaukee Brewers batting .444 as a pinch hitter.
He drove in three runs with a two-out double in the eighth inning for a 6-3 comeback victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night in a game between division leaders.
Overbay is now 8 for 18 coming off the bench, with two doubles, a home run and seven RBIs.
"It's just something where I kind of throw out mechanics and throw out everything and just look for a pitch to hit, put a good swing on it and hope for the best," he said. "I've kind of found some holes this year, but I've been put in situations that I can succeed in."
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke considered putting in Elian Herrera before settling on Overbay.
"Lyle's been so good off the bench, and with people on base," Roenicke said. "That hit was huge."
The NL Central-leading Brewers scored five runs in the eighth off Jamey Wright (4-3), who gave up four hits and walked one."I'm the reason why we lost this game," Wright said.
The Brewers tied their season high for runs in a single inning.
"If we're going to be the best, we have to beat the best," Overbay said. "As a team, we don't panic. We'll grind it out and find ways to win. We're not a patient team, but we've made adjustments so we can score runs even if we're struggling."
Brandon Kintzler (2-3) got the victory, giving up one hit in one inning of relief.
Milwaukee tied the score 2-all on Scooter Gennett's RBI single and Khris Davis' run-scoring double after Wright allowed four consecutive hits, Milwaukee's first since getting two hits in the first inning.
Brandon League struck out pinch-hitter Rickie Weeks before Overbay doubled to left, scoring Gennett, Davis and Mark Reynolds, who was intentionally walked, for a 5-2 lead.
Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his 37th save."It's huge, especially with the pitching staff they have," Rodriguez said. "We had to take advantage of every single opportunity we got and try to get some runs. They've got a pretty good bullpen, too.
Brewers: RHP Yovani Gallardo (7-6, 3.44 ERA) makes his first start of the season against the Dodgers. Opponents are batting .252 against him, and the team is 11-13 in his starts. He is 1-4 with a 5.98 ERA in his career against Los Angeles.
Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (14-2, 1.78) makes his second straight start against the Brewers. He allowed a run on six hits in eight innings against them last Sunday in a 5-1 victory. The left-hander struck out six and walked two on 100 pitches.