Freeman gets 3 RBIs, Kershaw wins NL-best 6th game in Dodgers' 8-1 rout of Brewers
By TOM KERTSCHER Associated Press
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Freddie Freeman homered and drove in three runs and Clayton Kershaw won his National League-best sixth game as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-1 on Wednesday to take the three-game series.
Will Smith and Miguel Vargas also went deep for the NL West-leading Dodgers, who top the NL in home runs (64).
Kershaw (6-2) struck out eight batters and walked none over seven innings while allowing five hits. Besides giving up a home run to William Contreras, he allowed only one other runner to reach second base.
It was the seventh time the 35-year-old Kershaw pitched six or more innings. He had won four straight before giving up four runs and walking five batters in 4 2/3 innings in his last start, a loss at San Diego.
The Dodgers scored seven runs in five innings off Milwaukee starter Wade Miley (3-2).
The 36-year-old Miley, signed as a free agent after pitching for the Cubs in 2022, retired the first 10 batters before Los Angeles took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning when Freeman and Smith hit back-to-back home runs.
After Contreras' homer in the fourth inning, Freeman extended Los Angeles' lead to 4-1 with a two-out single in the fifth. Miley had loaded the bases by allowing a single and two walks.
The lead was extended to 6-1 on Vargas' home run in the sixth.
Wander Suero pitched the eighth and ninth innings, striking out three.
Milwaukee closer Devin Williams appeared in a rare non-save opportunity, throwing a perfect ninth inning. He hadn't pitched since Sunday.
Dodgers: Manager Dave Roberts said a decision likely will be made Friday on whether to put RHP Noah Syndergaard on the IL. Syndergaard left his start Tuesday after one inning (right index finger cut).
Dodgers: Host the Padres for a three-game series starting Friday, with RHP Dustin May (4-1, 2.68 ERA) taking the mound. San Diego did not announce a starter.
Brewers: Host the Royals for a three-game series starting Friday, with RHP Corbin Burnes (3-2, 3.86 ERA) taking the mound. Kansas City did not announce a starter.