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Lilly strikes out five over eight frames

Few pitchers can pitch as well as Ted Lilly has in his last three starts and still not come away with a winning record in that stretch.

Lilly is 1-2 in his last three outings with a 2.37 ERA. In each start, the southpaw has given up no more than two earned runs.

Overall, Lilly surrendered six runs (five earned) while scattering 13 hits over 19 innings during that span.

And in his last start, Lilly allowed two runs over eight innings and took the loss.

"I'm still making one or two mistakes that are costing us enough in some sort of close game," said Lilly, who's allowed 25 homers this season, the third-most in the National League. "Those are the ones that, as a starting pitcher, you really want to win."

It's just been that kind of year for the Dodgers, though. Lilly's 7-12 record is evidence of that. And getting his eighth win will be no easier, as the Brewers are starting Randy Wolf.

Wolf, a former Dodger, has also been impressive of late.

The left-hander is 3-0 in his last three starts with a 2.57 ERA. Wolf has given up six earned runs on 18 hits over 21 innings during that span. Five of those runs came in a six-inning effort against the Cardinals.

In his last appearance, Wolf gave up one run over eight innings in a win against St. Louis.

"He had everything working," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. "He got a lot stronger as the game went on. His command got better -- fastball in and out of the zone, and some great changeups and real nice breaking balls. It was hard to take him out for the ninth."

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Braun grew up in the Los Angeles area and said he always enjoys playing his hometown team.

"I grew up a huge Dodgers fan, going to Dodgers games," he said. "I always really enjoy the opportunity to play the Dodgers.

"It's one of those rare moments when I have an opportunity to reflect on where I'm at and realize how fortunate I'm able to be living out my dream every day."

• The Brewers are 20-15-4 in series play this year.

• Milwaukee is 44-15 at home this season, good for a Major League-leading .746 winning percentage.

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• Tony Gwynn stole a base on Sunday for his 18th swipe this season, setting a new career high for the outfielder.

• Matt Kemp went 2-for-4 with a solo home run on Sunday, his second homer in as many days and 28th of the season. That homer ties his career high set last season.

Worth noting
• The Brewers hold a 15-12 edge against NL West teams this season while the Dodgers are 14-16 against NL Central teams. Comments