Dodgers falls to Brewers, lose first series since early June

By Steve Dilbeck, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — After steamrolling through just about every opponent over the past three months, the Dodgers finally hit a bump in the road.

Jimmy Nelson and the Milwaukee Brewers managed something Sunday that no other team had pulled off against Los Angeles since early June — they won a series.

Nelson took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning and the Brewers beat Yu Darvish in his return from the disabled list, defeating the Dodgers 3-2 to take two of three games from Los Angeles.

In building baseball’s best record (91-38), the Dodgers had gone 19-0-3 in series since dropping two of three games at home to Washington from June 5-7.

“That team played a good series,” manager Dave Roberts said of the Brewers. “They really did. They pitched well. They got the hits when they needed to.

“You look at our club offensively, that’s where we’re a little cold right now. It happens to every ballclub at some point in the season.”

Hernan Perez homered and Domingo Santana had two hits and an RBI for the Brewers, who pulled within two games of the first-place Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.

“It’s the start of something,” manager Craig Counsell said. “We played pretty good baseball today. You’ve got to play really good to beat these guys.

“Beating this team is important and it’s meaningful.”

Nelson (10-6) was charged with two runs on four hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out six.