KEY MOMENT: There were two moments actually, both coming in the first two innings courtesy of Jonathan Lucroy. In the first inning, the Brewers catcher hit Dan Haren's ninth pitch of the afternoon halfway up the left-field pavilion for a two-run homer. Then, an inning later — following an error by first baseman Adrian Gonzalez — Lucroy lined a bases-loaded double off the wall in left-center to drive in three more runs. The Dodgers never recovered, losing their third game in a row and fourth in five games. The weekend sweep by Milwaukee marked the first time the Dodgers have been swept in a three-game series this season.
AT THE PLATE: The five RBIs matched a season high for Lucroy, who had driven in just three runs in his last 72 at-bats entering Sunday. The Dodgers, held to five hits through seven innings, finally got on the board in the eighth on back-to-back doubles from Andre Ethier and Scott Van Slyke — neither of whom were in the starting lineup — and a two-out fly ball by Darwin Barney that got lost in the sun, dropping in for another double. Barney, getting a rare start at shortstop, was the only Dodger with two hits.
ON THE MOUND: Brewers starter Wily Peralta was brilliant, shutting the Dodgers out on five hits through six innings to win for the 15th time, matching St. Louis' Adam Wainwright and Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto for the major league lead. Haren wasn't nearly as sharp. The right-hander, who had allowed just two earned runs against the Brewers in his career, gave up that many after two batters Sunday, when he needed 52 pitches to get through the first two innings. An inning later he was gone, having allowed six runs — three earned — in his shortest outing of the season. That didn't stop the bleeding though; Carlos Gomez greeted reliever Carlos Frias with a leadoff home run in the fourth.
UP NEXT: After 20 games in 20 days, the Dodgers get a much-needed day off Monday, their first at home since the second week of the season. They will resume their homestand Tuesday with right-hander Kevin Correia (6-13, 4.79) making his second start as a Dodger against the San Diego Padres and right-hander Ian Kennedy (9-10, 3.54).Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times