Tony Gonsolin wins 15th as Dodgers thrash Brewers 2-1
Tony Gonsolin pitched seven scoreless innings for his 15th win, Austin Barnes and Max Muncy homered, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Wednesday night.
Gonsolsin (15-1) tied Justin Verlander of the Astros for the major league lead in wins. Los Angeles is 21-5 since the All-Star break and has the majors’ best record at 81-35.
Craig Kimbrel, who made a save in the Brewers’ 5-4 11-inning win on Tuesday night, allowed two base runners in the ninth but escaped for his 21st save.
Milwaukee fell three games behind first-place St. Louis in the NL Central.
Eric Lauer (8-5) pitched seven solid innings for the Brewers, allowing four hits in seven innings, including both homers. He was 6-0 with a 2.56 ERA in nine career starts against the Dodgers.
Gonsolin was dominant in his first career start against Milwaukee. He allowed two hits while walking a batter and tied his season high with eight strikeouts. The All-Star right-hander struck out the first nine Brewers, throwing 28 of his 37 pitches for strikes in the first three innings.
Gonsolin walked Willy Adames in the fourth and allowed one-out singles in the fifth and sixth.
Christian Yelich had an RBI reliever on Caleb Ferguson in the eighth.
Barnes opened the scoring when he hit the first pitch of the sixth inning into the Brewers bullpen for his fifth homer. Barnes, reinstated from the family emergency roster on Tuesday, had not played since August 6 and had not played since May 21.
Muncy went deep in the seventh.
Dodgers: Reinstated IF Edwin Ríos from the 60-day IL (straight hamstring strain) and optioned him for Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Brewers: RHP Trevor Rosenthal (left hamstring strain) began a rehab mission at Triple-A Nashville, pitching a scoreless inning. … RHP Trevor Kelley was recalled from Nashville and RHP Jason Alexander was chosen there.
The four-game series ends Thursday with Dodgers LHP Andrew Heaney (1-0, 1.16 ERA) facing Brewers RHP Corbin Burnes (8-5, 2.39). Heaney left his final start Saturday after three innings with a left arm contusion after being hit by a line drive. Burnes, the NL Cy Young Award winner, leads the league in strikeouts (181).
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