The Milwaukee Brewers struck early, as Jonathan Lucroy drove in five runs in the first two innings Sunday en route to a 7-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium to complete a three-game sweep.
The Brewers (70-55) leapfrogged the Dodgers (70-56) in the National League standings with the win and maintained their three-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central. St. Louis beat the Padres Sunday.
It was Milwaukee’s fourth straight win to close a 5-2 road swing through Chicago and Los Angeles and it was the first time the Dodgers had been swept in a series in almost a year.
The Dodgers were swept on Sept. 6-8, 2013, at Cincinnati. L.A. hadn’t been swept at home since dropping three in a row to the Arizona Diamondbacks May 6-8, 2013.
Dodgers’ starter Dan Haren (10-10) just didn’t have it Sunday and that was apparent early on. Haren walked Carlos Gomez to start the game and Lucroy followed with his 13th home run of the season, a deep shot to left field.
In the second, Khris Davis led off with a single to center and went to second when Dodger first baseman Adrian Gonzalez couldn’t come up with a throw from second baseman Dee Gordon on a Jean Segura grounder.
With two outs, Gomez worked another walk to load the bases and Lucroy just missed his second straight homer, lining a double off the wall in left-center that cleared the bases and gave Milwaukee a 5-0 lead.
In the third, Scooter Gennett lined a one-out single to center, went to third on Davis’ double to center and, after Mark Reynolds was intentionally walked, Segura lined out to left field, scoring Gennett.
Gomez closed the scoring, greeting reliever Carlos Frias to lead off the top of the fourth with his 20th home run of the season, a bomb to left field.
That was more than enough for Brewers right-hander Wily Peralta (15-7), who battled through five hits and three walks in six scoreless innings, notching five strikeouts to join Johnny Cueto of the Reds and Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals as baseball’s only 15-game winners.
Andre Ethier doubled to right and Scott Van Slyke doubled to center to lead off the inning for L.A.’s first run. Van Slyke moved up to third on a groundout and Darwin Barney got credit for a double on a ball to right that Elian Herrera lost in the sun to make it a 7-2 game.
Jeremy Jeffress struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth to finish it out.
The Brewers had only seven hits. Davis was 2-for-4 and Lucroy went 2-for-5 and snapped a 13-game streak without an RBI.
Milwaukee returns home for an off-day on Monday before opening a two-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays at Miller Park at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday. Mike Fiers (2-1, 1.29 ERA) gets the ball for the Brewers against left-hander J.A. Happ (8-7, 4.20 ERA) for the Jays.