LA salvages finale with Milwaukee

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Associated Press The Dodgers' Cody Bellinger, right, steals second base as the Brewers' Mike Moustakas waits for the throw Sunday. The Dodgers won 7-1.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ross Stripling pitched as though he had somewhere else to be.

The former All-Star threw 88 pitches in a career-high eight innings to rescue an overworked bullpen, inducing soft contact rather than dazzling with high velocity, and the Los Angeles Dodgers routed the Milwaukee Brewers 7-1 Sunday to snap a six-game skid.

Stripling joked about getting everyone home in time for dinner and the final season premiere of HBO's "Game of Thrones."

"It's what I ordered," manager Dave Roberts said. "Ross was really good. He mixed up his pitches really well, got ahead of hitters."

Stripling became the first Dodgers starter to throw eight innings this season when the bullpen has been stressed in the first full month.

"In an ideal world they'd all go eight," Roberts said. "Ross understood our situation and was efficient."

The Dodgers' rotation has been without Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill since the season began. Hyun-Jin Ryu got hurt earlier in the week when the team lost four straight in St. Louis, putting more pressure on the bullpen. Kershaw is due back Monday and Hill appears to be close behind.

Joc Pederson and Alex Verdugo homered to help the Dodgers avoid back-to-back sweeps for the first time since 2017 when they last dropped seven games in a row.

Los Angeles leads the National League with 35 home runs and has homered in 15 of 17 games.

Stripling (1-1) earned his first win in his fourth start of the season. The right-hander didn't record his first strikeout until the sixth inning and instead retired 14 of his first 17 batters on flyouts or grounders.

Stripling allowed one run and four hits, struck out three and walked one.

The Dodgers jumped on Jhoulys Chacin (2-2) in the first inning, taking a 2-0 lead on a two-out RBI single by Verdugo.

Pederson homered with two outs in the second, making it 3-0.

The Dodgers tacked on three runs in the third on Max Muncy's RBI single and a two-run RBI single by Chris Taylor that chased Chacin.

Chacin gave up six runs and six hits in 2 1/3 innings, struck out three and walked three. The right-hander's six earned runs ended a streak of allowing three or fewer over his previous 14 starts since Aug. 8 against San Diego.

"I'm either really good against these guys or really bad," Chacin said. "Walks hurt me today and with their lineup you can't give them walks. I need to make better pitches and I didn't do that."

Verdugo homered leading off the fifth against Chase Anderson.

The Brewers managed just three hits - a double by Travis Shaw and singles from Chacin and Yasmani Grandal - through the first seven innings.

Milwaukee's lone run came on pinch-hitter Eric Thames' sacrifice fly in the eighth.

• TRAINER'S ROOM: Brewers - RHP Jeremy Jeffress (right shoulder) could be ready to return by Monday or Tuesday. ... RHP Jimmy Nelson (right shoulder surgery) remains in Arizona rehabilitating and no date has been set for his return.

• GRANDAL VS LA: Grandal hit safely in all three games against his old team in his return to LA. He was 6 for 11 with a homer and two RBI in the series. This month, he's hitting .514 with four homers and seven RBIs.

• BREWERS MOVE: Milwaukee acquired catcher David Freitas from the Seattle Mariners for minor league RHP Sal Biasi.

Freitas appeared in one game with Seattle this season, going 0 for 2 with one run, one RBI and a walk on March 28 against Boston. After being optioned to Triple-A Tacoma the following day, Freitas hit .278 with four runs in six games with the Rainiers.

• UP NEXT: Brewers - RHP Freddy Peralta (1-0, 6.91 ERA) starts Monday at home against St. Louis. He is 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA in three career games (two starts) against the Cardinals.

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