Yelich homers twice, Brewers beat Dodgers 5-0
By RICH ROVITO
MILWAUKEE — Christian Yelich hit two home runs, pushing his major league-leading total to 13, and Chase Anderson pitched five strong innings in a spot start as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 Saturday.
Ryan Braun added a three-run homer for the Brewers, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
The Brewers, who ended the Dodgers’ six-game winning streak, got on the board in the third when Yelich hit a solo homer with two out off Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-1). With the homer, Yelich broke the franchise record for home runs in March and April, set by Eric Thames in 2017.
Yelich hit Ryu’s first pitch of the sixth into the right-field seats for a 2-0 lead. His 13 homers in the first month of the season matched the franchise record for home runs in single month, set by Prince Fielder in May 2007.
Anderson got the call to fill the rotation spot of Freddy Peralta, who is out with a right shoulder injury. He allowed just one hit, a single to Joc Pederson to lead off the game. Anderson (2-0) retired 15 of the next 17 batters before being lifted for a pinch hitter. He walked two batters and struck out five.
Alex Claudio, Junior Guerra and Matt Albers combined to pitch four innings of one-hit relief.
Braun’s homer in the seventh off Caleb Ferguson came after Lorenzo Cain’s two-out double and an intentional walk to Yelich.
Ryu, who had been dealing with a strained left groin, was activated from the 10-day injured list to start on Saturday.