Milwaukee Brewers hand red-hot Los Angeles Dodgers 1st series loss since early June

Milwaukee Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson pitches in the first inning against the Dodgers on Sunday in Los Angeles. (AP photo)

LOS ANGELES — After steamrolling just about every opponent in the past three months, the Dodgers finally hit a bump in the road.

Jimmy Nelson and the Milwaukee Brewers managed something Sunday that no other team had pulled off against Los Angeles since early June — they won a series.

Nelson took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning and the Brewers beat Yu Darvish in his return from the disabled list, defeating the Dodgers 3-2 to take two of three games from Los Angeles.

In building baseball’s best record (91-38), the Dodgers had gone 19-0-3 in series since dropping two of three games at home to Washington from June 5-7.

“That team played a good series,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of the Brewers. “They really did. They pitched well. They got the hits when they needed to.”

Hernan Perez homered and Domingo Santana had two hits and an RBI for the Brewers, who are within two games of the Chicago Cubs.

Nelson (10-6) was charged with two runs on four hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out six. Corey Knebel set down the Dodgers in the ninth for his 29th save in 34 attempts.