LOS ANGELES — Jhoulys Chacin could do little right Sunday while Ross Stripling could do little wrong.
Stripling 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 to snap a six-game skid and avoid a three-game sweep.
“Ross was really good,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “He mixed up his pitches really well, got ahead of hitters.”
Chacin gave up six runs and six hits in 2⅓ 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.”
The Dodgers jumped on Chacin (2-2) in the first inning, taking a 2-0 lead on a two-out RBI single by Alex Verdugo.
Joe 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.
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 in the finale of a six-game trip in which they went 2-4.
Milwaukee’s lone run came on pinch hitter Eric Thames’ sacrifice fly in the eighth.
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.
Brewers left fielder Christian Yelich went 0-for-3 and was lifted in the sixth inning. In Saturday’s 4-1 victory over the Dodgers, Yelich was hitless in five at-bats, failing to reach base in a game for the first time this season and snapping his 27-game on-base streak.
Mike Moustakas and Orlando Arcia hit solo home runs to back Zach Davies’ seven strong innings in Saturday’s win. Davies, who allowed one run and eight hits and struck out six with no walks, has allowed just three earned runs in 17⅔ innings this season.
Brewers trade for catcher
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.
Biasi has made three relief appearances with Single-A Wisconsin this season. He is 1-0 and hasn't allowed a run in four innings pitched, while striking out five and walking two.
Around the horn
Right-handed reliever Jeremy Jeffress, who has dealt with shoulder weakness since spring training, is set to join the team on Monday or Tuesday, Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. ... Jimmy Nelson (right shoulder surgery) remains in Arizona rehabilitating and no date has been set for his return. ... 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.