Lucroy powers sweep-clinching win
LOS ANGELES—Jonathan Lucroy tied a season high with five RBI, including his first home run in more than three weeks, and the Milwaukee Brewers completed a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 7-2 victory on Sunday.
Wily Peralta (15-7) tied Johnny Cueto and Adam Wainwright for the major league lead in victories, allowing five hits in six scoreless innings. The right-hander is 6-1 with a 1.79 ERA in seven starts since giving up a career-worst nine runs in a 9-7 home loss to Philadelphia on July 8.
Carlos Gomez hit his 20th homer, helping the Brewers maintain their three-game lead over St. Louis in the NL Central. They also became the first team to sweep the NL West-leading Dodgers in a series of three or more games this season, and won a road series for the first time since sweeping a three-game set from Colorado from June 20-22.
Dodgers right-hander Dan Haren (10-10) gave up six runs and five hits over three innings in his shortest outing of the season, following consecutive victories against the Angels and Atlanta Braves.
Two of the runs on Haren's line were unearned, the result of an error by three-time Gold Glove first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who dropped a short throw from second baseman Dee Gordon on a grounder by Jean Segura in the second.
The Dodgers' fourth loss in five games, coupled with San Francisco's 5-2 win over Philadelphia, reduced their NL West lead over the Giants to 3 1/2 games.
Haren, who came in averaging 1.86 walks per nine innings, opened the game by walking Gomez and giving up Lucroy's 13th homer. He walked Gomez again with two out in the second, and Lucroy cleared the bases with his NL-leading 40th double to give the Brewers a 5-0 lead.
Lucroy also had five RBIs on June 17 at Arizona, including a pair of homers—one of which was a grand slam.
Milwaukee third baseman Aramis Ramirez was removed in the middle of the fourth, but not because of an injury. The Brewers announced it was a “manager's decision.”
Brewers: 2B Scooter Gennett's troublesome right quad has curtailed his ability to run the bases at maximum efficiency—as was the case in the third, when he was held at third on a double to right-center by Khris Davis for the second time in the series.
Dodgers: At this point, only hip surgery will end RHP Josh Beckett's season prematurely. “I have not heard anything about him getting shut down for the whole year,” manager Don Mattingly said. “We're going to do everything to have him have the opportunity to pitch again this year. But I don't think we look at Josh as somebody who would come out of the bullpen for us.”
Brewers: Mike Fiers (2-1, 1.29 ERA) pitches Tuesday night's series opener against Toronto. Last Tuesday, he struck out 14 in a 6-2 win over the Cubs, ending a Brewers streak of 286 consecutive games without a double-digit strikeout performance.
Dodgers: Kevin Correia opens the three-game series against San Diego, his second start since he was acquired Aug. 9 from Minnesota and replaced Beckett in the rotation.