MILWAUKEE -- For at least one afternoon, the laundry list of issues plaguing the Los Angeles Dodgers this season were forgotten.
The Dodgers' offense got timely hits and opened a big lead; the defense made key plays and the pitching staff worked deep into the game as Los Angeles downed Milwaukee 9-2 on Wednesday afternoon at Miller Park.
"These guys have been bouncing back and playing hard," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "The energy's been good."
Los Angeles got on Brewers starter Wily Peralta early, taking a 1-0 lead in the opening inning on Matt Kemp's run-scoring single, but the Dodgers broke the game open in the second.
Peralta gave up three consecutive singles to open the second. After striking out pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, the Dodgers went ahead 3-0 on Carl Crawford's two-run single to right field and then loaded the bases on Mark Ellis' single to left.
Adrian Gonzalez kept the inning going when Jean Segura flubbed a force attempt at second, allowing Ramon Hernandez to score and keep the bases loaded.
After a strikeout, by Kemp, Peralta walked the next two batters before giving way to Alfredo Figaro, who ended the inning by getting Juan Uribe to fly out to right.
Peralta (3-5) worked 1 2/3 innings, the shortest outing of the young right-hander's career, and was charged with six runs -- four earned -- on seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts.
"His command left him a little bit," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "But if we make a couple of plays for him, he's out of the inning giving up two or three runs there. He should pitch better than that, but we could help him out, too."
In his last thee starts -- all losses -- Peralta has given up 17 runs (13 earned) and 22 hits in 12 2/3 innings.
"I haven't been commanding my pitches good and leaving pitches right down the middle, up in the zone," Peralta said. "I have to command better."
With an early cushion, Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu was able to settle in and get to work against the Milwaukee lineup. In his first major league season after seven seasons with Hanwha in the Korean League, Ryu held the Brewers to two runs, six hits and two walks while striking out four before giving way to Ronald Belisario after Norichika Aoki's one-out single in the eighth.
"The team gave me the lead, so I was comfortable," Ryu said though an interpreter. "My pitch count was low so I was able to pitch longer. I was fortunate they swung at a lot of early pitches."
With a series victory -- their third in the last four -- the Dodgers may have queited some of the speculation over Mattingly's future.
"Do I feel worried? No," said Mattingly, whose team is 19-26 and in last place in the National League West. "Maybe I should be."
Crawford had two hits and a walk and Hernandez went 2 for 2 with a home run, two walks and two runs scored.
Kemp finished 2 for 4 with an RBI. Scott Van Slyke also had two hits for Los Angeles, driving in an insurance run in the ninth off Brandon Kintzler.
Milwaukee got on the board in the sixth with a one-out home run by Ryan Braun.
The Brewers added a run off Belisario in the eighth on Jonathan Lucroy's RBI single, but Carlos Gomez struck out swinging to end the inning with runners at second and third.
NOTES: Hernandez's third-inning home run off Figaro snapped a streak of 20 1/3 scoreless innings for the Brewers' bullpen. ... The Dodgers won the season series with Milwaukee for the first time since 2010. ... Braun hit his ninth home run of the season, a solo shot off Ryu in the sixth, and is now one behind Geoff Jenkins for fourth on the Brewers' all-time list ... Ryu has allowed two runs or fewer in seven of his 10 appearances this season.