It looks like the Los Angeles Dodgers are ready to run with the NL West, especially if they stay hot through the rest of August.
The Dodgers didn’t need a long ball Tuesday in their 6-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Instead, the Dodgers pelted the Brewers with a series of singles in a five-run sixth inning, opening what was a tight ball game at Dodger Stadium.
The win improved the Dodgers to 13-1 in August and extended their winning streak to a season-high nine games. It is the club’s longest winning streak since they went on to run 12 wins in a row last summer. The Dodgers are now a season-best 26 hits over . 500, and are nine games ahead of the rest of the NL West.
After a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning on Tuesday, the Dodgers finally got to the plate. JD Martinez started things off with a deep hit to left field, which scored Will Smith and advanced Max Muncey to third.
Kiké Hernández followed with an RBI single to score both Muncy and Martinez, putting the Dodgers up 4–1. Miguel Rojas and Mookie Betts each had an RBI single in the inning as well. After 10 hits at the plate, the Dodgers had a five-run lead.
From there, they simply kept winning. The Brewers caught their final run in the seventh on Carlos Santana’s solo home run.
Rookie Bobby Miller got the start for the Dodgers and allowed just one run in six innings on the mound in what was his first win since July 22. He had four strikeouts and a walk.
The Brewers won their next four games in Tuesday’s contest, including a series sweep of the Chicago White Sox. They lead the NL Central by 3.5 games over the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds.
After this three-game series with the Brewers, the Dodgers will host the Miami Marlins before traveling to Cleveland and Boston to close out the month. While it’s only the halfway point in August, the Dodgers seem unstoppable. With the Giants losing seven of their past 10 games and the rest of the division struggling at . 500 or less, the NL West might be just the Dodgers for the take.