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 after outscoring the Brewers 22-11 in the three-game series, including a 10-1 loss 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 San Diego in second place in the NL West by 19 1/2 games, making everything they do look easy lately.
“Sometimes it feels like it, but you feel like you’re kicking your butt the other day,” said Trey Turner, who went 2 for 2 with three walks. “Today we took care of business.”
Haney enjoyed strong run support as the Dodgers pounded out 13 hits in the first and fourth innings. Hitting in the top of the ninth, Barnes hit a two-run homer with two outs in the sixth, extending the lead to 12-2.
“Crime is who they are, what they do,” Heaney said. “Gives you comfort to go out there and attack.”
Heaney (2-1) allowed two runs and four hits, walked one and struck out 10 Brewers – one off his season high – for the second time in a week, giving him his first back-to-back 10-strikeout outings. From June 2019.
“It seems like he’s got 10 punch outs every game and you don’t know it until you look at the scoreboard,” Trey Turner said. “There’s always one guy that doesn’t get any run support and one that gets runs on every team. I think he’s lucky.”
Heaney won for the first time since April 17. The right-hander had lost five straight without a decision between last week’s win in Milwaukee. Heaney has been on the injured list twice, most recently in July with left shoulder inflammation.
“Feeling good, trying to go deeper into games and be more pitch efficient and avoid some mistakes that cost me big time in the last two games,” Heaney said.
The Brewers only had a runner in scoring position until the seventh. That’s when Willie Adams hit a two-run double to deep left off reliever Caleb Ferguson. Adams went 3 for 4 with his 25th homer and drove in 3 runs, as did Hunter Renfro, who went 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 out of the first when the Dodgers jumped on him, drawing three walks and scoring four runs to take a 4-1 lead.
Mookie Betts and Trey Turner drew back-to-back walks to start the inning. Bates scored on Freddie Freeman’s RBI single. Turner scored on Justin Turner’s infield single to shortstop. Justin Turner came home on Cody Bellinger’s two-run, two-out double to right field.
Freeman and Trey Turner are 1-2 for multiple hits in the majors. Freeman is 156 and Turner is one behind.
“It seems like when one of us takes a hit, the other one does too,” Turner said. “That 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 Lucks (neck) is day-to-day but likely back this weekend.
The Brewers used a position player to pitch for the second straight game. Infielder Pablo Reyes took the mound in the eighth and some of his pitches were so slow they didn’t register on the radar gun. He was probably in his mid-40s.
The Dodgers did just that, sending infielder Hanser Alberto into the ninth for the second night in a row. He took over from Freeman who came out early before ending up on the mound. Alberto gave up a two-run homer in the ninth after hitting Keston Hiura, who pretended to double over in pain and stood smiling.
“That was a bad match,” Barnes joked of Alberto vs. Renfro.
Brewers: After an off day, RHP Freddy Peralta (4-3, 4.08 ERA) starts Friday at home against the Chicago Cubs. The Brewers are 3-3 while hitting .210 against opponents in his starts.
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.