MILWAUKEE (AP) — Freddy Peralta pitched six strong innings, Jackie Bradley Jr. homered and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the scuffling Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 on Friday night.
The Brewers have taken the first two games of the four-game series, while the Dodgers have lost nine of 12 since opening the season with 13 wins in 15 games.
A.J. Pollock’s leadoff homer in the fifth was the Dodgers’ only hit off Peralta (3-0), who started against LA for the first time. Peralta hit a batter and issued a walk in the first but then retired 10 straight before Pollock went deep.
Peralta then set down six more batters in a row. He struck out seven.
“All my pitches were working tonight,” Peralta said.
Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell credited Peralta for buckling down after a shaky first inning.
“They made him work a little bit in the first and then he got dialed in and was really efficient with his pitches,” Counsell said. “That’s obviously a tough lineup. To give us six strong innings was pretty impressive.”
Brad Boxberger, J.P. Feyereisen and Josh Hader completed the two-hitter. Hader struck out the side in the ninth for his seventh save in as many chances.
“We’ve been really tough to score on,” Counsell said. “That’s a good way to win games.”
The Brewers held the Dodgers to one run for the second straight game.
“It’s tough. It’s frustrating,” Pollock said. “We know how potent our offense is.”
Bradley belted a two-run homer, the 100th of his career, with one out in the second off Edwin Uceta (0-1), who was making his major league debut.
The Brewers had four hits in the second inning. The Dodgers then retired 12 straight Milwaukee batters until Omar Narváez’s two-out single in the sixth.
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