The Dodgers look to avoid a stunning sweep when they conclude their three-game series with the Brewers at Miller Park on Wednesday.
Los Angeles has lost three straight following a seven-game winning streak. The Dodgers have dropped the first two games of this set to Milwaukee, the start of a 10-game road trip that also includes series against the New York Mets and Chicago Cubs.
Coupled with San Diego’s 5-4 victory over Colorado on Tuesday night, the Dodgers (73-65) lead the NL West by just one game. On Saturday, their lead was four.
The Brewers (64-75) won Monday’s opener 6-3, then pounded the Dodgers 9-0 on Tuesday. Corey Hart drove in a career-high six runs and Doug Davis pitched a three-hitter for Milwaukee, which has won consecutive games following a 10-game losing streak.
“When you don’t score runs, you look flat,” Los Angeles manager Grady Little said. “There is no getting around that. But we will put this game behind us and come back tomorrow and see if we will be ready to beat on somebody. Then when we start hitting the ball, starting having baserunners, we won’t look flat anymore. I guarantee you.”
Hart had two homers Tuesday for his first career multihomer game.
“He’s a kid who can get hot and do some things,” Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. “Cory’s had success everywhere he’s been. We know Cory is going to be a good player one day and play everyday.”
To end their losing streak, the Dodgers will turn to red-hot Derek Lowe (13-8, 3.79 ERA), who’s looking for his fifth straight victory.
On Tuesday, the right-hander was named NL pitcher of the month for August after going 4-1 with a 1.69 ERA in six games—five starts.
“I’d say the only reason why it’s gratifying for me to get it in August is because I had a horrendous July,” Lowe said. “I really struggled throughout the month, and to be able to turn it around in one month—anytime you can get an award, no matter how small it is, you’ve done something right.”
He’s allowed only six earned runs in his last five outings.
Lowe gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings of a 6-3 victory over Colorado on Friday. That followed a relief appearance against Cincinnati on Aug. 29, when he gave up one hit in three innings to earn the win in the Dodgers’ 6-5, 16-inning victory.
He is 6-1 with a 2.66 ERA in his last eight games.
Lowe didn’t earn a decision against the Brewers on May 5, allowing two runs and seven hits in 7 1-3 innings of Los Angeles’ 4-3 win. He is 1-0 wit a 2.75 ERA in four career games against Milwaukee.
He won his only start at Miller Park on June 8, 2003, allowing one run in six innings of Boston’s 9-1 victory.
Chris Capuano (11-9, 3.55) looks for his second victory since the All-Star break when he takes the mound for Milwaukee on Wednesday. The All-Star right-hander is 1-5 with a 4.26 ERA in his last 10 starts.
His only win in that stretch came against Colorado on Aug. 22.
Capuano lost 3-2 to Florida on Friday, allowing three runs and five hits in seven innings.
Capuano opposed Lowe on May 5, but also didn’t earn a decision, allowing three runs and 10 hits in six innings. He’s 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA in six games against the Dodgers.