Brewers vs. Dodgers preview

BY foxsports • July 12, 2015

The Milwaukee Brewers have been extremely successful on the road against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Adding another victory at Chavez Ravine on Sunday could be difficult with a struggling Kyle Lohse on the mound, however.

The Brewers (38-51) won 7-1 Saturday, their 13th in 18 meetings at Dodger Stadium, a span during which they've posted a 2.75 ERA with 15 quality starts. Taylor Jungmann tossed a three-hitter to put Milwaukee in position to take its third straight road series.

Carlos Gomez drove in five runs, becoming the first Brewer with four-plus RBI three times in seven games and the first in the majors since Alfonso Soriano did it for the New York Yankees from Aug. 13-20, 2013. Gomez is batting .421 with nine extra-base hits and 13 RBI in his last 10 road games against Los Angeles.

Gerardo Parra also continued his best season ever, hitting his ninth home run to bring him one shy of his career high. He owns a personal-best batting average (.309) and slugging percentage (.496) and is hitting .425 over his last 10 contests.

The Brewers have won eight of nine on the road while averaging 6.9 runs. Aramis Ramirez is 13 for 29 with 11 RBI in that span.

Milwaukee might need another big day from its lineup with Lohse (5-10, 6.29 ERA) on the mound. The right-hander owns the majors' highest qualifying ERA and the highest by a Brewer before the All-Star break since Glendon Rusch was at 7.90 in 2003. It's trending upward, too, as he's 2-6 with a 7.11 mark in his last nine outings with just two quality starts.

The 20 home runs allowed by Lohse tie him with San Diego's Ian Kennedy for the second-most in the NL. He gave up one along with four runs and a season high-matching 11 hits over five innings in a 5-3 loss to Atlanta on Monday.

"He hasn't been able to get on a roll. He hasn't had that start when it all comes together," manager Craig Counsell said. "He's had to fight his way through starts."

Lohse has been better in eight road starts with a 4.53 ERA compared to 8.06 at home.

He's 2-4 with a 4.50 ERA in 11 career starts against the Dodgers.

Yasmani Grandal had two hits for Los Angeles (50-39) and is 12 for 28 over his last 10 games.

Adrian Gonzalez went 0 for 3 to fall to 6 for 40 over his last 12 contests, though he's 10 for 26 with two homers and five doubles off Lohse.

Brett Anderson (5-5, 3.12) pitched five innings in a 7-2 loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday, giving up three earned runs to match the total he allowed while winning three straight starts.

"I beat myself," he said. "I felt good early and then there were some weird hits. It was just frustrating. A couple pitches here and it cost us the game."

This marks the left-hander's first matchup with Milwaukee.

Of the 11 Brewers with at least 30 at-bats against lefties, only Jean Segura is hitting better than .274, going 19 for 62 (.306).