Los Angeles Dodgers stay hot with 4-0 blanking of Milwaukee Brewers
MILWAUKEE — Julio Urias continued his career-long pattern of shutting down lineups after the All-Star break.
The NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers hope he can stay hot all the way through the postseason.
Freddie Freeman and Gavin Lux homered to back Urias’ five solid innings, and the Dodgers blanked the Milwaukee Brewers 4-0 on Monday night. Urias (13-6) is 10-0 with a 1.99 ERA over his last 11 starts.
“We’ve got to be getting close to him being in the Cy Young race here,” Freeman said.
Urias has a career 1.87 ERA after the All-Star break, the lowest in major league history by anyone who has pitched at least 180 innings after the Midsummer Classic.
He came through again for the Dodgers on a day when they announced two-time All-Star right-hander Walker Buehler will have season-ending elbow surgery.
A day after their 12-game winning streak ended with a 4-0 loss at Kansas City, the major league-best Dodgers got back on track, improving to 20-4 since the All-Star break.
Freeman hit a solo shot in the first inning off Freddy Peralta (4-3) and Lux added a two-run blast against Hoby Milner in the sixth.
Urias worked out of trouble in the first three innings. He finished with six strikeouts while allowing four hits and two walks, improving to 10-0 with a 1.99 ERA over his last 11 starts.
The Brewers got the leadoff man on base in each of the first three innings against Urías. But they went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position and were hitless after Rowdy Tellez’s one-out single in the fourth.
“I feel like if we attack first we break that momentum on him,” Brewers shortstop Willy Adames said. “But we didn’t do that and he got comfortable.”
Milwaukee even struck out four times against reliever Chris Martin in the sixth inning.
Andrew McCutchen whiffed to start the inning but reached on a third-strike passed ball and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Martin then struck out Kolten Wong, Hunter Renfroe and Tellez.