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Lucroy leads Brewers to sweep of Dodgers
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LOS ANGELES — Catcher Jonathan Lucroy homered and drove in five runs, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 7-2 victory Sunday at Dodger Stadium.

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Center fielder Carlos Gomez hit his 20th home run as the Brewers (70-55) handed the Dodgers their first three-game sweep of the season. The Brewers also claimed five of six wins over the Dodgers (70-56), taking two of three last weekend in Milwaukee. The Brewers also unseated the Dodgers for the National League’s best record.

Brewers starter Wily Peralta joined Johnny Cueto of the Cincinnati Reds and Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals as the only 15-game winners in the major leagues. Peralta (15-7) tossed a five-hitter — all singles —- with five strikeouts and three walks in six innings. Peralta is 7-3 on the road this season.

Milwaukee defeated Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw in back-to-back contests before hammering Dodgers starter Dan Haren on Sunday. Haren lasted just three innings, giving up six runs (three earned) on five hits. Haren (10-10) had three walks (one intentional) and three strikeouts.

After a leadoff walk to Gomez, Lucroy drove a 2-1 pitch from Haren into the left-field pavilion for his 13th home run and a 2-0 lead with no outs in the first inning.

Lucroy, who went 2-for-5, ripped a three-run double off the wall in left with two outs in the second inning for a 5-0 Milwaukee cushion.

Brewers shortstop Jean Segura added a sacrifice fly in the third. Gomez drilled his second home run in as many days, lifting a towering shot to left on the second pitch from reliever Carlos Frias in the fourth for Milwaukee’s final run.

Los Angeles scored in the eighth on RBI doubles by right fielder Scott Van Slyke and shortstop Darwin Barney.

Milwaukee third baseman Aramis Ramirez left the game after the third inning because of a “manager’s decision,” according to an announcement in the press box.

Milwaukee 7, LA Dodgers 2

MIL    ab    r    h    bi    LA    ab    r    h    bi

Gomez cf    2    3    1    1    Gordon 2b    4    0    0    0

Herrera rf    1    0    0    0    Howell rp    0    0    0    0

Lucroy c    5    1    2    5    Baez rp    0    0    0    0

Braun rf    4    0    0    0    Triunfl ph    1    0    0    0

Estrada rp    0    0    0    0    Puig cf    5    0    1    0

Jffrss rp    0    0    0    0    Gonzalz 1b    2    0    1    0

Ramirez 3b    3    0    0    0    Ethier 1b    1    1    1    0

Overbay 1b    1    0    0    0    Kemp rf    3    0    0    0

Gennett 2b    4    1    1    0    VanSlyk rf    1    1    1    1

Davis lf    4    1    2    0    Crwford lf    4    0    1    0

Rynolds 1b    3    0    0    0    Turner 3b    3    0    1    0

Segura ss    3    1    0    1    Barney ss    3    0    2    1

Peralta sp    3    0    0    0    Butera c    4    0    0    0

Duke rp    0    0    0    0    Haren sp    1    0    0    0

Parra cf    1    0    1    0    Frias rp    1    0    0    0

                    Rojas ph    2    0    0    0

Totals    34    7    7    7    Totals    35    2    8    2

Milwaukee     231 100 000 — 7

LA Dodgers     000 000 020 — 2

E—A.Gonzalez 1. LOB—Los Angeles 9, Milwaukee 4. 2B—Barney (1), K.Davis (31), Ethier (15), Lucroy (40), G.Parra (1), Van Slyke (10). HR—C.Gomez (20), Lucroy (13). SB—C.Crawford (18).

    IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO

Milwaukee

W.Peralta W, 15-7    6    5    0    0    3    5

Duke    1    0    0    0    0    0

Estrada    1    3    2    2    0    1

Jeffress    1    0    0    0    0    2

LA Dodgers

Haren L, 10-10    3    5    6    3    3    3

Frias    4    1    1    1    0    2

Howell    1    0    0    0    0    1

P.Baez    1    1    0    0    0    1

WP—W.Peralta (6).

Umpires—Home, Mike Estabrook; First, Hunter Wendelstedt; Second, Toby Basner; Third, Marvin Hudson.

T—2:55. A—43,357 (57,099)

LATE SATURDAY: Brewers snap Kershaw's 11-game win streak

LOS ANGELES — For the first time in 21⁄2 months, Clayton Kershaw lost a game.

Ryan Braun and Carlos Gomez homered, and the Milwaukee Brewers defeated Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 Saturday before 50,849 fans at Dodger Stadium.

The Brewers (69-55) ended Kershaw’s winning streak at 11 decisions and defeated Los Angeles (70-55) for the second night in a row. The Brewers have won five of six meetings between the teams this season, and they improved to 11-4 in their past 15 games at Dodger Stadium. They swept the series with another win Sunday.

“We’ve played good ballgames,” Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. “We feel like when we play good and we’ve had good pitching that good things are going to happen. That’s a good (Los Angeles) club, and you can’t mess around too much.”

The National League Central-leading Brewers edged Kershaw, who had a career-best streak of 11 consecutive winning decisions and a 1.16 ERA in 13 starts since June 2.

Kershaw, who hadn’t lost since May 28, when the Cincinnati Reds claimed a 3-2 decision, started well Saturday before the Brewers carved out three runs via the long ball. The left-hander went the distance, though, striking out 11 while allowing five hits and no walks. He threw 97 pitches (71 strikes).

“It comes down to I got outpitched,” said Kershaw, who completed his major-league-leading sixth complete game of the season and 17th of his career but lost for the first time when going the route. “Yovani (Gallardo) pitched better than I did, and we lost the game. It was a good game, a clean game. Both guys were pitching all right. I just made more mistakes than he did, and it showed up on the scoreboard.”

Kershaw (14-3) said he had better stuff Saturday than he did Aug. 10, when he allowed a run on six hits with six strikeouts over eight innings in a 5-1 Los Angeles victory at Milwaukee.

“It’s funny, I felt like I pitched so much better than I did in Milwaukee, but obviously the scoreboard said differently,” said Kershaw, who gave up multiple home runs in a game for only the 13th time in his career. “The stuff was definitely better and the command was better, but it’s just the way it goes sometimes.”

Gallardo (8-6) had a 1-4 record with a 5.98 ERA in seven previous starts against the Dodgers. On Saturday, however, he limited the NL West’s top club to a run on six hits with three strikeouts and one walk in eight innings. He threw 58 of his 96 pitches for strikes.

“(Gallardo) was outstanding,” Roenicke said. “I thought Kershaw threw the ball really well, but Yoni got the (three) runs. Great command. Fastball outstanding today. Really pitched off the fastball pretty much all game. Mixed in a slider and his curveball. Really dominated.”

The Brewers defeated Kershaw and right-hander Zack Greinke in consecutive contests.

“To beat those guys, we know we have to have a great game against them, and that’s why we play them,” Roenicke said.

Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez gave up a solo homer to right fielder Matt Kemp in the ninth before earning his 38th save of the year and the 342nd of his career, giving him sole possession of 10th place all time.

Kershaw retired the first nine Brewers he faced before Gomez led off the fourth with a double. After catcher Jonathan Lucroy grounded out, Braun launched a two-run homer to right to give the Brewers an early advantage. It was Braun’s 15th home run of the season.

Los Angeles sliced the lead in half in the bottom of the inning. Third baseman Justin Turner drove in left fielder Carl Crawford, who reached on an infield single and stole second.

Gomez drilled the first pitch of the sixth inning for a solo shot, giving Milwaukee a 3-1 lead. Gomez recorded his 19th homer of the season.

“Those are two of the elite home run hitters in the National League,” Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said of Braun and Gomez. “Phenomenal hitters, especially in RBI situations.”

Late Saturday

Milwaukee 3, LA Dodgers 2

MIL    ab    r    h    bi    LA    ab    r    h    bi

Gomez cf    4    2    2    1    Gordon 2b    4    0    0    0

Lucroy c    4    0    0    0    Puig cf    4    0    1    0

Braun rf    4    1    1    2    Gonzalz 1b    4    0    1    0

Ramirez 3b    4    0    2    0    Kemp rf    4    1    1    1

Davis lf    4    0    0    0    Crwford lf    4    1    2    0

Rodrguz rp    0    0    0    0    Turner 3b    4    0    1    1

Weeks 2b    3    0    0    0    Ellis c    2    0    1    0

Gennett 2b    0    0    0    0    Ethier ph    1    0    0    0

Rynolds 1b    3    0    0    0    Rojas ss    2    0    0    0

Herrera ss    3    0    0    0    Barney ph    1    0    0    0

Gllrdo sp    3    0    0    0    Kershaw sp    3    0    0    0

Parra lf    0    0    0    0                    

Totals    32    3    5    3    Totals    33    2    7    2

Milwaukee     000 201 000 — 3

LA Dodgers     000 100 001 — 2

E—Rojas 1, Ju.Turner 1. LOB—Los Angeles 5, Milwaukee 2. 2B—C.Gomez (27), Ar.Ramirez (15). HR—Braun (15), C.Gomez (19), Kemp (15). SB—C.Crawford (17), Ju.Turner (4).

    IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO

Milwaukee

Gallardo W, 8-6    8    6    1    1    1    3

F.Rodriguez S, 38    1    1    1    1    0    2

LA Dodgers

Kershaw L, 14-3    9    5    3    3    0    11

Umpires—Home, Marvin Hudson; First, Mike Estabrook; Second, Hunter Wendelstedt; Third, Toby Basner.

T—2:28. A—50,849 (57,099)

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