Make that three series sweeps and counting for the Milwaukee Brewers, officially the hottest team in Major League Baseball.

Led by Kyle Lohse's 82/3 dominant innings and helped by just enough offense and yet another big break that went their way in the sixth inning, the Brewers continued their amazing roll Sunday afternoon with a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Miller Park.

In winning nine straight, Milwaukee (10-2) has matched the nine-game streak it put together from April 14-23 last season. And there's an air of confidence in the clubhouse that Lohse said he has felt only one other time in his previous 13 seasons.

"Yep, 2011. That's what it was. That was the feel we've got right now," said Lohse, referencing the St. Louis Cardinals team he was a part of that knocked off the Brewers in the National League Championship Seires on the way to a World Series crown.

"Everybody's loose. We don't care about anything on the outside that's going on. We're coming in every day and doing what we have to do to win that game. Taking advantage of an error, getting clutch hits late in the game. Doing the little things. Those are things that good teams do.

"You get it rolling and that makes it hard to stop it."

Coming off a five-inning struggle in Philadelphia on April 8 that saw him allow seven hits, three runs (earned) and five walks, Lohse was dialed in from the start in this one thanks to early fastball and slider command.

Some terrific defense helped as well with Jean Segura robbing the dangerous Andrew McCutchen of a single with a diving pick in the hole to end the first inning and Logan Schafer hauling in a Pedro Alvarez drive while going full-force, face-first into the wall in left for the first out of the second.

Lohse needed just 15 pitches to complete the first two innings.

On the other side, Pittsburgh's Charlie Morton was also sharp until running into his first spot of trouble in the third. Martin Maldonado, making just his second start, collected his first hit of the season with a leadoff double to right.

Lohse bunted him over to third and Maldonado scored on a fly ball to right by Carlos Gomez to put Milwaukee ahead, 1-0.

Pittsburgh pulled even in the fourth when Starling Marte and Jose Tabata singled and Marte scored on a McCutchen flyout. But Lohse got another run of support when Ryan Braun doubled and Aramis Ramirez singled him in to make it 2-1.

Lohse gained the feel for his curveball and changeup as well by this point, and getting drilled just above his left knee by a 92-mph Morton fastball only served to further focus the veteran right-hander.

After allowing a leadoff single to Tony Sanchez in the fifth, Lohse retired 14 consecutive batters. He also struck out five straight bridging the seventh and eighth innings.