The Milwaukee Brewers gave Zack Greinke fits Friday night and faced Clayton Kershaw for the second time in less than a week on Saturday.
Kershaw struck out two of the first three batters he faced and four of the first nine overall. While Kershaw was no-hitting the Brewers, Yovani Gallardo kept the Los Angeles Dodgers’ offense in check.
Carlos Gomez got the Brewers first hit of the night with a leadoff double in the fourth inning. Ryan Braun stepped to the plate with one out and Gomez still standing on second. Kershaw appeared to be giving Gomez plenty of attention and wound up surrendering a two-run home run to Braun.
The Dodgers responded in the bottom of the fourth beginning with a Carl Crawford two-out infield single. Crawford then stole the Dodgers second base of the night and scored on Justin Turner’s single.
With the Dodgers still trailing by one run, Gomez was once again aggressive on the first pitch of his at-bat and hit a towering home run into the Dodgers bullpen to extend the Brewers lead to 3-1.
Ramirez hit a two-out double in the same inning and Crawford helped his pitcher’s cause with a diving catch on a sinking liner to end the top of the sixth. Adrian Gonzalez hit a leadoff single in the bottom of the sixth, but was erased on a Matt Kemp grounder to second.
Neither Crawford or Turner were able to make anything of Kemp being on first base and the Dodgers trailed 3-1 at the end of six innings. Kershaw quieted the Brewers in the seventh and eighth innings, and in the process ran his strikeout total to 10.
Though not with as many strikeouts, Gallardo matched Kershaw’s effectiveness and prevented the Dodgers from cutting into their deficit. Gallardo received help from Khris Davis, who made a diving catch on a sinking liner off Dee Gordon’s bat that prevented any Dodger rally in the eighth.
By retiring the Dodgers in order in the eighth, Gallardo recorded nine consecutive outs. Kershaw collected his 11th strikeout of the game in the ninth and kept the score at 3-1.
Kemp led off the bottom of the ninth with solo home run off Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez to get the Dodgers within one run. Rodriguez then settled in and the Dodgers fell to the Brewers for a second consecutive night and Kershaw’s 11-game winning streak was snapped.
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