LOS ANGELES — — Andrew Heaney struck out 10 in his first win in four months, Austin Barnes drove in four runs and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers for the second straight game, winning 12-6 on Wednesday night.
The Dodgers took the season series, 4-3, as they outscored the Brewers 22-11 in the three-game series, including a 10-1 rout on Tuesday. Los Angeles has scored 10 or more runs in three of its last four games.
Los Angeles has the best record in baseball (86-37) and leads second-place San Diego by a whopping 19 1/2 games in the NL West, making everything they’ve been doing lately look easy.
“Sometimes it feels like that, but you kind of feel like you get kicked in the butt the next day,” said Trea Turner, who was 2 for 2 with three walks. “Today we took care of business.”
Heaney enjoyed solid run support as the Dodgers pounded out 13 hits and batted in the first and fourth innings. Batting in the ninth, Barnes belted a two-run homer with two outs in the sixth, extending the lead to 12-2.
“Religion is who they are, it’s what they do,” Heaney said. “It gives you comfort to go out there and attack.”
Heaney (2-1) allowed two runs on four hits, walked one and struck out 10 Brewers – one of his season highs – for the second time in a week, giving him his first 10-game hitting streak. seen. since June 2019.
“It seems like he has 10 punchouts every game and you don’t know it until you look at the scoreboard,” Trea Turner said. “There’s always one guy who doesn’t have the support to run and one who runs on every team. I think he was lucky.”
Heaney won for the first time since April 17. The right-hander had five straight shutouts and a loss in Milwaukee last week in between the wins. Heaney has been on the injured list twice, most recently in July with left shoulder inflammation.
“I’m feeling better, trying to get deeper into games and be more efficient on the court and stay away from some mistakes that have cost me a lot in the last couple of games,” Heaney said.
The Brewers had just one runner in scoring position until the top of the seventh. That’s when Willy Adames hit a two-run double to deep reliever Caleb Ferguson. Adames went 3-for-4, including his 25th homer, and drove in three runs, as did Hunter Renfroe, who was 3-for-5.
The Brewers were in trouble from the start.
Coming off the injured list earlier in the day, Adrian Houser (4-9) needed 39 pitches to get the lead off when the Dodgers pounced on him as he drew three walks and scored four runs to take the lead 4-1.
Mookie Betts and Trea Turner walked back-to-back to open the inning. Betts scored on Freddie Freeman’s RBI single. Turner scored on Justin Turner’s infield single to stop. Justin Turner came home on Cody Bellinger’s two-run, two-out double to right field.
Freeman and Trea Turner are 1-2 for most hits in the majors. Freeman is at 156 and Turner is one pass.
“It seems like every time one of us takes a hit, the other one does,” Turner said. “This friendly competition is good.”
Making his first start since June 30, Houser gave up five runs and five hits in 2 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked four.
Dodgers: INF Gavin Lux (neck) is day-to-day but likely to return this weekend.
The Brewers used a position player to pitch for the second straight game. Infielder Pablo Reyes took the ball in the eighth and some of his pitches were so slow they didn’t register on the radar gun. He mostly reached the mid-40s.
The Dodgers did the same, throwing out Hanser Alberto in the ninth for the second night in a row. He took over for Freeman who went out early before ending up on the mound. Alberto gave up a two-run homer to Renfroe in the ninth after hitting Keston Hiura, who pretended to double over in pain and stood up smiling.
“It was a bad matchup,” Barnes joked about Alberto vs. Renfroe.
Brewers: After a day off, RHP Freddy Peralta (4-3, 4.08 ERA) starts Friday at home against the Chicago Cubs. The Brewers are 3-3 in his starts with opponents hitting .210.
Dodgers: LHP Tyler Anderson (13-2, 2.73) starts Friday in the opener of a four-game set at Miami. He leads the team with 135 1/3 innings pitched and is third in strikeouts with 107.