LOS ANGELES— Andrew Heaney struck out 10 in his first win in four months, Austin Barnes had four runs and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers for the second straight game, winning 12-6 on Wednesday night.
The Dodgers won the season series, 4-3, while beating the Brewers 22-11 in the three-game series, including a 10-1 rout on Tuesday. Los Angeles has scored 10 or more points in three of its last four games.
Los Angeles has the best record in baseball (86-37) and leads second-place San Diego by 19½ games in the NL West, making everything they’ve been doing lately easy.
“Sometimes it’s like that, but you feel like that, you get your ass kicked the next day,” said Trea Turner, who was 2-for-2 with three steps. “Today we took care of business.”
Heaney had strong running support as the Dodgers hit 13 and hit in the first and fourth innings. Hitting in ninth place, Barnes hit a two-run homer with two outs in the sixth, extending the lead to 12-2.
“The offense is who they are, it’s what they do,” Heaney said. “Gives you the comfort to go out there and attack.”
Heaney (2-1) allowed two runs and four hits, walked one and struck out 10 Brewers — one of his season-high — for the second time in a week, giving him 10 straight outings for the first time since June 2019.
“It looks like he’s got 10 punches every game and you don’t know that until you look at the scoreboard,” Trea Turner said. “There’s always one guy who doesn’t get race support and another who gets raced on every team. I guess he was the lucky one.
Heaney won for the first time since April 17. The right-hander had five straight no-decisions and a loss at Milwaukee last week between wins. Heaney has been on the disabled list twice, most recently in July with an inflamed left shoulder.
“I feel better, I’m trying to go deeper in my games and be more efficient on the pitch and stay clear of a few mistakes that cost me dearly in the last two games,” Heaney said.
The Brewers had only one runner in scoring position until the seventh. That’s when Willy Adames hit a two-run double against 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 struggling from the start.
Coming off the injured list earlier today, Adrian Houser (4-9) needed 39 pitches to get out of first when the Dodgers jumped on him while drawing three walks and scoring four runs to take a 4-1 lead.
Mookie Betts and Trea Turner walked back to back to open the inning. Betts scored on Freddie Freeman’s single RBI. Turner scored on Justin Turner’s single at shortstop. Justin Turner headed home on Cody Bellinger’s two-run, two-out right double.
Freeman and Trea Turner are 1-2 on most major hits. Freeman is at 156 and Turner is a behind.
“It seems like every time one of us gets a hit, the other does too,” Turner said. “This friendly competition is good.”
Making his first start since June 30, Houser allowed 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 is expected to return 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 a few of his throws were so slow they didn’t register on the radar gun. It mostly reached the mid-40s.
The Dodgers did the same, sending the infielder Hanser Alberto came out in the ninth for the second night in a row. He took over from Freeman who came out early before finishing on the mound. Alberto gave up two-point circuit for Renfroe in the ninth after hitting Keston Hiura, who pretended to double over in pain and stood up smiling.
“It was a bad game,” Barnes joked of Alberto against Renfroe.
Brewers: After a day without, 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 Game 1 of a four-game set at Miami. He leads the team with 135 1/3 innings pitched and is third in strikeouts with 107.