Dodgers-Brewers Preview

The Associated Press

More than three weeks have passed since the Milwaukee Brewers posted back-to-back victories.

They'll ask rookie Wily Peralta to put an end to that stretch Wednesday in the series finale against the last-place Los Angeles Dodgers.

Milwaukee (18-26) earned a rare win Tuesday, 5-2 over the Dodgers to give them four victories in 19 games. The Brewers, who had lost seven of eight at home, last won two straight April 29 and 30.

Peralta's brief history suggests there's a good chance that drought could continue Tuesday. He's surrendered 11 runs in 11 innings over his last two starts - both road losses - and getting back into the win column could be a challenge given his struggles in Milwaukee.

Peralta (3-4, 5.94 ERA) has gone 2-2 with a 6.49 ERA in five starts there, though he threw six innings of three-run ball in his last outing at Miller Park, a 6-3 win over Texas on May 7.

The right-hander will get his second look at the Dodgers after earning a 6-4 victory at Los Angeles on April 27. He went six innings and surrendered three runs.

If Peralta runs into any problems against a Dodgers team hitting .184 with eight runs in its last four games, manager Ron Roenicke should feel very confident about turning to his bullpen. The relievers have not allowed a run in the last five games, though they had to log 5 2-3 innings Tuesday due to a rough outing from rookie Hiram Burgos.

"We definitely did a great job coming out of the 'pen," said right-hander Mike Fiers, who went 1 2-3 innings for the win.

That was also the case for the Dodgers' relievers, who worked four scoreless innings, but Los Angeles lost for the fourth time in five games and seventh time in eight road contests.

The Dodgers (18-26) matched a season high by allowing 14 runners Tuesday. Though Los Angeles produced 10 hits, all of them were singles.

"That's really kind of been the story as far as our offense has been concerned,'' manager Don Mattingly said. "We had the right people up in the right spots. We had our chances. We just weren't able to do it.''

Matt Kemp has gone 3 for 21 and Adrian Gonzalez 2 for 18 in the first five games of a trip that ends Wednesday.

The Dodgers will turn to Hyun-Jin Ryu (4-2, 3.42) to get them back on track.

The left-hander is coming off his shortest outing of the season, lasting five innings in an 8-5 loss at Atlanta on Friday. He walked a season-high five and three of the first six he faced, though he yielded only two runs.

Mattingly would like to see Ryu push past the 100-pitch limit, which has been the point where he feels he starts to struggle. Ryu, who threw 100 on Friday, has allowed a .280 average (7 for 25) after reaching 91 pitches in six starts this season. Batters are 3 for 6 against him starting with the 106 mark.

"At 100, he's pretty much out of gas," Mattingly said.

Ryu will be facing the Brewers for the first time.

The Dodgers, 3-2 versus Milwaukee in 2013, can win the season series for the first time since 2010.

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