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Urias, Dodgers continue surge, blank Brewers

Win comes after team announces Buehler will miss rest of season

The Associated Press

MILWAUKEE — Julio Urias continued his career-long pattern of shutting down lineups after the All-Star break.

The NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers hope he can stay hot all the way through the postseason.

Freddie Freeman and Gavin Lux homered to back Urias’ five solid innings, and the Dodgers blanked the Milwaukee Brewers 4-0 on Monday night. Urias (13-6) is 10-0 with a 1.99 ERA over his last 11 starts.

“We’ve got to be getting close to him being in the Cy Young race here,” Freeman said. “Every single time he goes out there, it’s a chance for us to win. And it’s a chance for him to throw a scoreless outing it seems like every single time.”

Urias has a career 1.87 ERA after the All-Star break, the lowest in major league history by anyone who has pitched at least 180 innings after the Midsummer Classic.

He came through again for the Dodgers on a day when they announced two-time All-Star right-hander Walker Buehler will have season-ending elbow surgery. Buehler’s injury had prevented him from pitching for the last two months.

“We know how tough of a loss it is, especially losing Walker,” Urias said through a translator. “But we have a good rotation. We know what we’re capable of doing.”

A day after their 12-game winning streak ended with a 4-0 loss at Kansas City, the major league-best Dodgers got back on track, improving to 20-4 since the All-Star break.

Freeman hit a solo shot in the first inning off Freddy Peralta (4-3) and Lux added a two-run blast against Hoby Milner in the sixth.

Urias worked out of trouble in the first three innings. He finished with six strikeouts while allowing four hits and two walks, improving to 10-0 with a 1.99 ERA over his last 11 starts.

The Brewers got the leadoff man on base in each of the first three innings against Urias. But they went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position and were hitless after Rowdy Tellez’s one-out single in the fourth.

“I feel like if we attack first we break that momentum on him,” Brewers shortstop Willy Adames said. “But we didn’t do that and he got comfortable.”

Milwaukee even struck out four times against reliever Chris Martin in the sixth inning.

Andrew McCutchen whiffed to start the inning but reached on a third-strike passed ball and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Martin then struck out Kolten Wong, Hunter Renfroe and Tellez.

Freeman’s homer was his 16th this season. He also doubled in the seventh.

Peralta allowed one run but lasted just four innings. He got out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth by striking out Cody Bellinger with his 92nd and final pitch.

The Dodgers added an unearned run in the fifth before Lux’s drive to left in the sixth made it 4-0.

Before the game, the Dodgers made the announcement of Buehler’s surgery, which will be performed Aug. 23 by Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

“It’s certainly a blow,” manager Dave Roberts said. “We’re better with Walker on our ballclub, but there’s nothing we can do about it. I still believe we have enough guys to prevent runs to get through October, but yeah, we wanted him to be a part of this.”

Buehler is 6-3 with a 4.02 ERA in 12 appearances this season. He last pitched June 10 and left that game after four innings when his elbow began bothering him.

“We took a chance to try to take time off, start a progression to get him back this year, but as he started his progression, he just couldn’t get over the hump,” Roberts said. “We took a shot at it, but now we have to go in.”

Buehler, 28, has a 46-16 career record with a 3.02 ERA. He went 16-4 with a 2.47 ERA last season and finished fourth in the NL Cy Young Award voting.

Los Angeles also has three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw on the injured list with lower back pain, though he’s expected to return this season.

The Dodgers have hardly suffered in the two stars’ absence, with Urias, Tony Gonsolin and Tyler Anderson anchoring the rotation.

The Dodgers got some good news about their pitching staff Monday. Dustin May, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, is expected to make his season debut Saturday against Miami.

May hasn’t pitched in the majors since May 1, 2021, when he hurt his elbow during an appearance at Milwaukee. He is 6-5 with a 2.93 ERA in 31 career appearances, including 19 starts.

“All the numbers and everything are normal,” May said. “I feel normal. I’m in a good spot right now. That’s all I could ask for.”

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