Base running miscues cost the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday in their 5-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Miller Park. It prevented the Brewers from sweeping the Dodgers in the three-game series.
Clayton Kershaw (14-2) picked up his 11th straight win, allowing a run on six hits in eight innings of work.
The loss went to rookie Jimmy Nelson, who pitched six innings and allowed two runs on eight hits. Nelson (2-3) is expected to square off again against Kershaw on Friday in Los Angeles.
Nelson doubled off of Kershaw in the third inning, extending his hitting streak to three games. But he was thrown out trying to advance to third on Carlos Gomez’s grounder to short. Gomez then was picked off first base by Kershaw.
The Brewers had a runner at second base three times with nobody out and failed to score. But the Brewers did take 2 of 3 from both the Giants and the Dodgers on the home stand.
They’ll open a 4-game series in Chicago against the Cubs tonight. Yovani Gallardo (6-6, 3.54) pitches for the Brewers. Jake Arrieta (6-3, 2.80) goes for the Cubs.
Gallardo is 8-3 lifetime in 17 starts against the Cubs, but is making his first start against them this year.