Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said Clayton Kershaw pitched better Saturday night than he had six days earlier in beating the Brewers for his 11th consecutive victory. But eight strong innings from Yovani Gallardo and a two-run home run by Ryan Braun ended the streak Saturday night as the Brewers defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 to win at Dodger Stadium for the second straight evening. “He was outstanding. I thought Kershaw threw the ball really well,” Roenicke said. “He pitched better tonight than in our ballpark, we just got the two-run homer.” Carlos Gomez also homered for Milwaukee, which improved to 4-2 on its seven-game trip and moved three games ahead of the second-place St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central. Gallardo (8-6), who threw 96 pitches, allowed a run and six hits with three strikeouts and a walk. “Yo had great command, his fastball outstanding,” Roenicke said. “He mixed in his slider and curveball. but he really dominated, I thought, with his fastball.” Francisco Rodriguez got three outs for his major league-leading 38th save and 342nd of his career, despite giving up a leadoff homer to Matt Kemp. Rodriguez, who broke a tie with Hall of Famer and former Brewers closer Rollie Fingers for 11th place on baseball’s career list, has passed 11 players this season. Kershaw (14-3) pitched his 17th complete game in 202 career starts. He allowed five hits and no walks and struck out 11. The two-time Cy Young Award winner and three-time defending major league ERA champ had a 1.16 ERA over his previous 13 starts since his last loss on May 28 against Cincinnati.
Yovani Gallardo, two home runs help Brewers beat Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw
Madison.com | Aug 17