Dodgers begin series in Milwaukee with Kershaw on the hill
Lefty Clayton Kershaw can make it six starts since his last loss on Monday night, when the Los Angeles Dodgers visit Miller Park to open a three-game set with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Kershaw, who won the National League's Cy Young Award last season, was just 2-2 through four starts this season before beginning a stretch that's seen him go 2-0 with three no-decisions in five subsequent starts.
He defeated Washington, 2-0, on May 14, allowing five hits and striking out 11 in 8 2/3 scoreless innings, which lowered his earned run average for the season from 1.62 to 1.40.
The Dodgers are 5-4 in the nine games he's pitched.
Kershaw, who is 3-3 in seven career starts against Milwaukee, tossed eight scoreless innings with 12 strikeouts in a 2-0 defeat of the Brewers on April 28 in Los Angeles.
The Brewers counter with streaky Mexican righty Yovani Gallardo, who's gone three starts without a victory.
He began the season with three winless starts, then won three in a row from April 18-29, before going 0-2 with a no-decision in his last three.
Gallardo allowed two runs on three hits in six innings of a 3-1 loss at Pittsburgh in his last start on May 15.
He's 1-3 in six lifetime meetings with Los Angeles.
On Sunday in Atlanta, the Braves had a four-run rally in the eighth inning and swept a three-game series against the Dodgers with a 5-2 win.
Adrian Gonzalez drove in two runs for the Dodgers, who mustered just three hits. Starter Matt Magill allowed just one unearned run on four hits and three walks over five frames.
"I think every time I go out there, I feel more comfortable," said Magill. "Just working on my pitches. Just try to go out there every time, do my job, and help my team. That's all i can do."
In St. Louis, the Cardinals used a four-run fourth to beat the Brewers, 4-2, in the rubber match of a three-game series.
Yuniesky Betancourt and Jeff Bianchi each had an RBI for the Brewers, who went 2-8 on a 10-game road trip.
Kyle Lohse (1-5) got the start for Milwaukee and gave up four runs on eight hits over six innings against his former team. The right-hander enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career last year with the Cardinals, as he posted a 16-3 mark to go along with a 2.86 ERA.
"Anytime Kyle's on the mound you know he's going to compete," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "He's one of the best pitchmakers in the game and once he starts hitting his spots, he's tough."
The Dodgers won two of three from the Brewers in a late April series this season, while Milwaukee won six of seven games between the teams in 2012.