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Brewers overpowered, swept by Giants

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 31, 2014 at 8:25 pm •  Published: August 31, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers have rarely been dominated the way they were this weekend in San Francisco. They have been atop the NL Central since early April.

Now manager Ron Roenicke must get his players to regroup in a hurry as the September stretch run begins.

Kyle Lohse was hit hard in 5 2-3 innings, and the Brewers lost 15-5 to the Giants on Sunday to complete a lopsided three-game sweep.

"It was a bad series. We didn't do anything well," Roenicke said. "We didn't pitch well, we didn't play defense and we didn't swing the bat. It happens. You're not going to go through a whole season with a bad series. Every time we made a mistake they capitalized.

"We're still OK. We can turn this thing around in a hurry."

The Brewers lost their season-high fifth straight road game and dropped into a tie for the NL Central lead with St. Louis. It's the first time since July 20 that they don't have sole possession of the division lead.

Milwaukee has held at least a share of the lead every day since April 5. The 15 runs allowed matched a season high.

Martin Maldonado and Ryan Braun homered, but the Brewers were swept at AT&T Park for the first time since Aug. 24-26, 2007. Milwaukee was outscored 31-8 in the series.

Lohse (12-8) allowed seven runs and nine hits for his fourth defeat in five decisions.

"I'll make it simple: It was terrible execution and I didn't do much else," Lohse said. "It's one of those series you have to turn the page quick."

Madison Bumgarner (16-9) followed up his one-hit gem Tuesday against Colorado with seven strikeouts in six innings to win his third straight start. The left-hander finished August at 4-1 with a 1.57 ERA, helping San Francisco stay close at 2 1/2 games behind the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.

Pablo Sandoval had three hits, including a two-run homer, and three RBIs for San Francisco. Hunter Pence went 4 for 5, extending his NL-leading hitting streak to 13 games.

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