Watch: Brewers’ Hernan Perez Hits Solo Homer In Dodgers’ First Series Loss Since Early June
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The Venezuelan shortstop’s homer to left-center field came off starter Yu Darvish, who returned from the disabled list with lower back tightness, and gave the Brewers a 2-0 lead.
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) August 27, 2017
Domingo Santana added two hits and an RBI single for Milwaukee.
The game marked the Dodgers’ first series loss since June 5-7 against the Washington Nationals. The Dodgers (91-38) hold the best record in the majors, but had gone 19-0-3 in series since dropping two of three games at home to the Nats that weekend in June. The Dodgers have lost consecutive games for the first time since July 20-21,
“That team played a good series,” manager Dave Roberts said of the Brewers, (68-63, second in NL Central) who won the series against Los Angeles 2-1. “They really did. They pitched well. They got the hits when they needed to.
“You look at our club offensively, that’s where we’re a little cold right now. It happens to every ballclub at some point in the season.”
Milwaukee, meanwhile, is now slightly closer in the National League Central playoff race, as it sits two games behind the first-place Chicago Cubs.
Jimmy “Big Sweat” Nelson took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning, when Chase Utley opened scoring for the Dodgers by smacking a one-out pinch-hit single.
“We proved to ourselves that we’re right there with the best teams,” Nelson said.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell praised righty Nelson, who struck out six and gave up two runs on six hits with 102 pitches over 6 2/3 frames.
“Jimmy was really good today,” said Counsell. “He pitched beautifully, he really did.”
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) August 28, 2017
Darvish (8-10) surrendered three runs and six hits and struck out seven in five innings of work. The game marked the Japanese righty’s fourth start since the Dodgers acquired him from Texas at the July 31 trade deadline.
The Brewers opened the scoring when a one-out grounder to Corey Seager just missed his glove and drove in a first-inning run with players on the corners.
Seager extended his hitting streak to 15 games in the sixth with his RBI single and scored to make it 3-2 after Santana was unable to snag Justin Turner’s fly ball.
After a day off on Monday, the Brewers return to Milwaukee to host St. Louis on Tuesday in the opener of a two-game series and six-game home-stand. Righty Matt Garza (6-7, 4.67 ERA) will start for the Brewers. First pitch is scheduled for 7:40 pm EST.
The Dodgers will also enjoy a day off before heading to Arizona for a three-game series against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday. Rich Hill (9-5, 3.32 ERA) will make his first start since his near perfect game. First pitch is scheduled for 9:40 pm EST.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JUNE 14: Hernan Perez #14 of the Milwaukee Brewers at bat int the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on June 14, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)