LOS ANGELES (AP) — Four years in the minors and seven games into his big league career, Taylor Jungmann can finally say he’s pitched a complete game.
The rookie tossed a three-hitter and Carlos Gomez drove in five runs to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-1 on Saturday night.READ MORE: How To Watch The 2021 Primetime Emmy Awards
Jungmann (4-1) struck out a career-high seven and walked two on 100 pitches to help the Brewers improve to 5-2 in his starts. He lowered his ERA to 2.15 this season.
“The key was just being aggressive and pounding the zone,” he said. “I’m a contact guy, for the most part, so pitching to contact was huge for me, and I had good defense behind me.”
Jungmann became the first pitcher with a complete game against the Dodgers within his first seven major league starts since Jason Jacome of the Mets on July 7, 1994. He’s also the first Brewers starter to go the distance this season.
“You want to be the last person out there and not leave it to somebody else to finish your own game,” he said. “I always hear that from closers: ‘Finish your game.'”
Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy called Jungmann “ace material.”
“The way he’s throwing, he’s going to keep getting better and better,” he said. “There’s no reason why he can’t be a dominant force on our staff for a while.”
Jungmann retired the side in the ninth, striking out Howie Kendrick to end the game.
“Whenever he does that, you know he’s still locked in that late in the game,” Lucroy said. “He was very efficient, threw strikes and mixed it up well.”
Gomez went 2 for 4 with a walk and a strikeout while tying his career high for RBIs, his second five-RBI game in a week.
Brandon Beachy (0-1) gave up three runs and five hits in four innings, struck out two and walked three. The right-hander was making his first start since Aug. 20, 2013, after coming back from two Tommy John surgeries.
“His fastball command was in and out,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “He was rusty but you can see what’s there. He got ahead in the count.”
Beachy spent his first four seasons with Atlanta and in 2012 had the lowest ERA in the majors at 2.00 through 13 starts. But his season ended early with his first elbow surgery.
He came back the following year but made just five starts before having his second surgery. He signed a one-year deal with the Dodgers in February.
“I was really excited to get out there,” Beachy said. “I’m really disappointed now. It took me way too long to get settled. I’ve got to be better than that.”
Jungmann got things going in the third, leading off with a single. With two outs, Ryan Braun hit a ground-rule double to deep left center, moving Jungmann to third. Adam Lind was intentionally walked to load the bases before Gomez’s RBI double to deep center gave the Brewers a 3-0 lead.READ MORE: Man Struck Multiple Times In Daylight Shooting In Riverside
Left fielder Andre Ethier leaped to make the catch, but the ball missed his outstretched glove and caromed off the wall, helping end the Dodgers’ three-game winning streak.
The Brewers turned three double plays behind Jungmann. For the second straight game, the Dodgers were held to two hits through six innings. Their lone run came on pinch-hitter Kike Hernandez’s sacrifice fly in the eighth.
“He was a different look for guys,” Mattingly said of Jungmann. “We didn’t have a whole lot of good swings and obviously we didn’t make the adjustments quick enough.”
Gerardo Parra’s homer and Gomez’s two-run double extended the Brewers’ lead to 6-0 in the seventh.
Parra’s RBI double in the eighth made it 7-0.
The Brewers can clinch the series and return to .500 on the road with a win Sunday in their last game before the All-Star break.
Brewers: RHP Wily Peralta, on the 15-day DL with a strained left oblique, allowed a run, two hits and no walks in 2 2-3 innings and struck out four on Saturday for Class-A Wisconsin. It was the first of at least three rehab outings that will continue with Double-A Biloxi before he rejoins the rotation before the end of July. “I know he’s champing at the bit to get back,” manager Craig Counsell said. “He’s going to miss two months, and that’s a big chunk of the season.”
Dodgers: RHP Carlos Frias, on the 15-day DL with lower back tightness, will go to the team’s spring training facility in Arizona on Sunday and throw a 40-pitch live batting practice session. He will make one start with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga during the All-Star break. … LF Carl Crawford, currently on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City, will return not long after the All-Star break after he gets 35 to 40 at-bats in.
MISSING THE CYCLE
Parra finished a triple shy of the cycle, going 3 for 5. He has hit safely in eight of 10 games this month, batting .425 with three doubles, four homers and eight RBIs along with seven multi-hit games.
Yasmani Grandal went 2 for 3 with a run scored and has reached base safely in five games so far against the Brewers. He is batting .625 with three doubles, two homers and nine RBIs against them this season.
Brewers: RH Kyle Lohse (5-10, 6.29 ERA) has a 2-4 record with a 4.43 ERA in 13 career games against the Dodgers.
Dodgers: LH Brett Anderson (5-5, 3.12) makes his first career start against the Brewers. He is 2-2 in nine starts at home with a 3.31 ERA.MORE NEWS: Emmys Vow A Good Time After Bleak Year; 'Crown' May Rule
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