Travis Shaw hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning off Trevor Bauer, Eric Lauer won in his first start of the campaign and the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 on Thursday night.
It was the first meeting of the two teams since the first round of last year’s NL playoffs, a two-game sweep by the World Series champion Dodgers.
Bauer (3-1) permitted four hits, but the one that hurt was Shaw’s in the fourth. After Avisaíl García walked, Shaw drove a 2-2 curveball over the wall in right.
“Probably the wrong pitch,” Bauer said. “Just frustrated with choosing the wrong one.”
Bauer went eight innings and struck out six.
“Complete game,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “It just speaks to how good he is.”
Shaw leads the Brewers with 19 RBI
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Lauer (1-0) made his first start of the season.
“Biggest thing I was happiest with was attacking the zone,” Lauer said. “Being able to throw all my pitches for strikes.”
Obtained with shortstop Luis Urías in a trade with San Diego in November 2019, Lauer was 0-2 with a 13.09 ERA in four games, including two starts, spread over three stints last season.
“There was really good life in the zone,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said of Lauer’s pitches. “He pitched wonderfully.”
Lauer improved to 6-0 in eight starts versus the Dodgers, seven with San Diego.
“He’s got our number,” Roberts said. “You got to give him credit.”
The Brewers bullpen preserved Lauer’s first victory since he beat the Colorado Rockies 2-1 on Sept. 8, 2019.
Brad Boxberger pitched the sixth, J.P. Feyereisen handled the seventh, Devin Williams allowed two hits in the eighth and Josh Hader allowed an RBI base hit to pinch-hitter Austin Barnes in the ninth before Mookie Betts flied out to end the game. It was Hader’s sixth save in six chances.
The Dodgers slipped to 3-8 in their last 11 games.
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