Mike Fiers finished eight brilliant innings with a strikeout, pumping his arms as he walked off the mound to a standing ovation.

The right-hander’s first major league start in more than a year for the Milwaukee Brewers couldn’t have gone any better than the gem he threw in a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night.

Fiers (1-1) struck out five while filling in for injured the Matt Garza, and Khris Davis and Carlos Gomez homered to give Milwaukee a second straight win in the three-game series between NL divisional leaders.

This outing might mean even more to Fiers, whose 2013 season ended in June in the minors when a line drive broke his right forearm.

“It’s unbelievable,” Fiers said about coming off the mound in the eighth to rousing applause. “It’s what you dream of as a kid, especially those situations — close game, eighth inning trying to get to the best closer in the league.”

Francisco Rodriguez provided some ninth-inning drama after allowing the tying run to come to the plate with two outs, but he got Matt Kemp to ground out for his 35th save. The Dodgers mustered only a solo homer by Adrian Gonzalez, his 17th of the season, into the second deck in right field.