Los Angeles Dodgers’ Julio Urias shuts down Milwaukee Brewers’ bats in 3-1 win
MILWAUKEE — Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich chatted in the outfield after batting practice ended. Once Thursday’s game started, the bats of the National League home run co-leaders kept the exchange going.
Bellinger hit his 10th home run, Max Muncy also went deep, and Julio Urias struck out a career-high nine and allowed one hit in six strong innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-1 Thursday night to extend their winning streak to five games.
“Just conversations, just talking about baseball,” Bellinger said of the dialogue between the two. “He’s great on and off the field.”
Bellinger drove a 3-2 pitch from reliever Matt Albers (1-1) into the Dodgers’ bullpen in right center in the sixth inning.
“It’s going to be fun competing against him, hopefully, all year,” Bellinger said after Yelich added his own homer and the pair moved into a tie with Oakland’s Khris Davis with a major league-leading 10 homers.
Muncy followed Bellinger’s drive with a two-run shot that landed in the netting above the Brewers’ bullpen in left.
That was all the offense Urias (1-1) needed.
“He was great,” Bellinger said of Urias, who is headed back to the bullpen after two spot starts against the Brewers. “Spotting every single pitch. Really confident up there.”
The Brewers saw a totally different Urias than the one they beat 8-5 at Dodger Stadium six days ago, when he allowed six runs, five earned, on six hits.
Orlando Arcia slapped a single up the middle with two outs in the fifth for the only hit off Urias.
“He just made a lot more pitches,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “Outside of (Luis) Castillo’s start for the Reds, that was the best anybody has pitched against us this year.”