Brown took a two-hit shutout into the ninth inning, and Fred
McGriff and Paul Lo Duca homered as the Los Angeles Dodgers extended their winning streak to 10 games Sunday with a 5-1 victory. "It was not a nice day to be a Milwaukee Brewer hitter,'' Los
Angeles manager Jim Tracy said. "It's no fun to be a hitter
against that guy.'' Brown (6-1) struck out eight and walked one in winning his fifth
consecutive decision over seven starts since April 18. "He was basically unhittable for eight innings,'' Lo Duca said.
"He got a little tired in the ninth, but he had a nasty, nasty
sinker today.'' The pitch was so dominant that the Brewers hit only three balls
out of the infield against Brown. "He was on top of his game and just overmatched us,'' said
Milwaukee manager Ned Yost, who described Brown's sinker as
"devastating.'' John Vander Wal singled in the fifth for the first hit off
Brown, who was lifted after giving up singles to pinch-hitter
Brooks Kieschnick and Eric Young to start the ninth. Tom Martin
finished the four-hitter, allowing a sacrifice fly to Geoff
Jenkins. McGriff hit his 486th homer in the sixth, a two-run shot off Ben
Sheets (4-4). Lo Duca added a three-run drive in the eighth. McGriff hit a grand slam Saturday night, when Hideo Nomo pitched a two-hit shutout to beat the Brewers 6-0. The Dodgers' winning streak is tied for their fifth-longest
since they moved to Los Angeles in 1958. The franchise record is 15
consecutive wins from Aug. 29 to Sept. 6, 1924, when the team was
in Brooklyn. Starting pitching has keyed the run. The starters are 10-0 with
a 1.62 ERA during the streak, and the Dodgers held Milwaukee
scoreless for 24 innings before Jenkins' sacrifice fly in the
ninth. "It's a matter of pressure -- when everybody is pitching well
the pressure is less,'' Brown said. "Even if I have an off day,
you know the next guy is pitching well. It's not do-or-die.''
Sheets matched Brown for the first five innings, but gave up a
homer to McGriff in the sixth after Jolbert Cabrera hit a bloop double earlier in the inning. It was McGriff's eighth home run this
season. The Dodgers made it 5-0 in the eighth when Cabrera was hit by a
pitch, McGriff reached on an error by second baseman Young and Lo
Duca hit his third homer of the year. Sheets went eight innings, giving up five runs, four earned, on
six hits. He struck out three.
The Brewers optioned LHP John Foster to Triple-A
Indianapolis after the game. They made no corresponding move, but
LHP Valerio De Los Santos will rejoin the team Tuesday night in San
Diego. De Los Santos has been on the disabled list since April 27
with tendinitis in his pitching shoulder. ... The Brewers went 5-8
on their season-long 13-game homestand. ... Milwaukee RHP Jayson
Durocher pitched one inning for Triple-A Indianapolis in a
rehabilitation assignment, giving up one hit with two strikeouts.
... The Brewers are 4-16 in day games. ... Brown is 13-5 in his
career against the Brewers, his most wins against any team. ...
Brewers SS Royce Clayton is hitting .126 (15-for-119) since April
15. ... The Dodgers' streak started May 14 with a win against
Atlanta, and has included three-game sweeps of Florida, Colorado
and Milwaukee. ... Two of the hits off Brown were infield singles.
... In the fifth year of a $105 million, seven-year contract, Brown
is 50-24 with Los Angeles.