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Dodgers' bats break out to beat Brewers on getaway day

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After suffering a series of injury blows this week, culminating in the loss of ace Clayton Kershaw earlier in the day, the Dodgers bats came alive in an 8-1 victory over the Brewers on getaway day at Miller Park in Milwaukee.

"It's up to us to pick him up," manager Dave Roberts told reporters before Thursday's game, and that they did.

The Dodgers homered three times off starter Zach Davies, who carried a 1.64 June ERA into the series finale. Trayce Thompson tagged Davies in the second inning, his first home run since June 16. Yasmani Grandal homered in the fourth inning, then Corey Seager homered in the fifth.

Seager was 2-for-4 with a walk, extending his hitting streak to 13 games. The last seven of those games have included an extra-base hit, the longest streak by a Dodger since Yasiel Puig had an eight-game streak in May 2014.

Davies was unable to complete the fifth.

The Dodgers also got doubles from Chase Utley, Adrian Gonzalez and Puig, and Justin Turner added three hits. Seven of the eight Dodgers starting position players had a hit and either scored or drove in a run, or both.

That was more than enough support for Kenta Maeda, who allowed just one run on three hits in his six innings, the second time in his last three start he allowed one run to the Brewers. On Thursday, Maeda struck out six and walked two, giving him 38 strikeouts and 11 walks in June.

Maeda also reached 91⅔ innings on the season, and in surpassing the 90-inning mark earned a $250,000 bonus. Maeda's next bonus is at 100 innings, for which he will earn another $250,000.

Up next

The Dodgers return home, opening a 10-game homestand with a weekend series against the Rockies. The Dodgers haven't announced their starting rotation for any of the weekend games, but new acquisition Bud Norris last pitched on Sunday and would figure to be the one to get the call in the opener. The Rockies will go with southpaw Jorge De La Rosa.

Thursday particulars

Home runs: Trayce Thompson (12), Yasmani Grandal (7), Corey Seager (17)

WP - Kenta Maeda (7-5): 6 IP, 3 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts

LP - Zach Davies (5-4): 4⅓ IP, 8 hits, 6 runs, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts