Dodgers belt 3 home runs in 8-1 rout of Brewers
MILWAUKEE (AP) Yasmani Grandal, who hadn't hit a home run on the road this season, was just trying to get on base after working a 3-0 count with two outs in the fourth inning.
Grandal did more than that, hitting a solo home run over the bullpen in left field, one of three Los Angeles Dodgers to homer off Milwaukee Brewers starter Zach Davies in an 8-1 victory Thursday.
''Overall, he didn't have his best outing today,'' Grandal said of Davies. ''He's a really good pitcher. We were just able to get a lot of base hits, a couple of home runs and get him out of the game quick.''
Trayce Thompson and Corey Seager also hit home runs for the Dodgers.
''It was nice to get some runs,'' Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.
Kenta Maeda (7-5) held the Brewers to one run over six innings as the Dodgers won the season series from the Brewers, five games to two.
The strong start by Maeda was needed by the Dodgers, who announced before the game that they were placing ace Clayton Kershaw on the 15-day disabled list with a back injury. An MRI revealed a mild disk herniation that will not require surgery, the team announced after the game. A timetable for Kershaw's return hasn't been determined.
Los Angeles acquired veteran pitcher Bud Norris from the Atlanta Braves on Thursday. Norris will start in place of Kershaw on Friday.
''When you start losing starters, it gets tough on your staff and your team, but Kenta took the ball today and gave us six strong innings,'' Roberts said.
Maeda gave up three hits, struck out six and walked two. He allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings against the Brewers in Los Angeles on June 19.
''My team really helped me out today, scoring early runs,'' Maeda said through an interpreter.
Thompson put the Dodgers in front in the second with a two-run homer into the second deck in left field off Davies (5-4). Grandal extended the Dodgers' lead to 3-1 in the fourth. Seager's shot to straightaway center in the fifth accounted for two of the Dodgers' three runs in the inning, pushing the lead to 6-1.
Los Angeles added two runs in the sixth, including one on a run-scoring double by Adrian Gonzalez.
Davies, who had been 5-0 with a 2.64 ERA over his last 10 starts, gave up a season-high six earned runs in 4 1/3 innings. He surrendered eight hits, walked two and struck out three. The three home runs were the most allowed by Davies in 20 career starts.
Dodgers: Seager extended his hitting streak to 13 games, a career high for the second-year player, with a first-inning single.
Brewers: Ryan Braun's third-inning single extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
Maeda attempted to pick off Jonathan Villar in the fifth but his throw sailed past Gonzalez at first base. Justin Turner retrieved the ball but his throwing error allowed Villar to reach third. Maeda and Turner both were charged with errors but the Brewers failed to score in the inning.
Dodgers: CF Joc Pederson was out of the lineup for the second consecutive day after suffering a bruised AC joint when he crashed into the outfield wall while making a spectacular catch in the eighth inning of Tuesday's game. ''I think we'll make a decision with what we do with Joc, as far as the roster, in the next day or two,'' Roberts said.
Brewers: RHP Taylor Jungmann, who began the season in the starting rotation before being demoted to Triple-A Colorado Springs after posting a 0-4 record and an ERA of 9.15 in five starts, has been reassigned to Double-A Biloxi after a period of mental rest. Jungmann also struggled at Colorado Springs, going 1-3 with a 9.87 ERA in eight starts. He was scheduled to start for Biloxi on Thursday at Birmingham.
Dodgers: Los Angeles begins a season-high, 10-game homestand on Friday against Colorado. Kershaw had been scheduled to start. The newly acquired Norris, who last pitched on Sunday, gets the start in Kershaw's place.
Brewers: Matt Garza (1-0, 2.81), who recorded his first win of the season on Saturday, will take the mound as Milwaukee opens a three-game series at St. Louis on Friday. Garza is 4-4 with a 4.07 ERA in 12 career starts against the Cardinals.