LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw gave up two home runs, as many as he did in his previous 11 starts, and that was enough to abruptly snap his long winning streak.
Ryan Braun and Carlos Gomez homered against the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner and three-time defending major league ERA champion on Saturday night, as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 behind eight solid innings from Yovani Gallardo.
Kershaw (14-3), who had won 11 straight decisions, allowed five hits and no walks and struck out 11 in going the distance for the 17th time in 202 career starts.
"It comes down to (the fact that) I got outpitched," said Kershaw, who had a 1.16 ERA over his previous 13 starts since his last loss on May 28 against Cincinnati.
Last Sunday, he held the NL Central-leading Brewers to one run in eight innings in a 5-1 victory at Milwaukee.
"Yovani pitched better than I did and we lost the game," Kershaw said. "I just made more mistakes than he did and it showed up on the scoreboard.
"It's funny, I felt like I pitched so much better than I did in Milwaukee. I got lucky in Milwaukee, and I'm paying for it here."
Justin Turner had an RBI single in the fourth for the Dodgers, whose third loss in four games reduced their NL West lead over San Francisco to 4 1-2 games following the Giants' 6-5 win over Philadelphia.
Braun heard taunts of "Cheat-er, cheat-er" from the crowd of 50,849 as he dug in against Kershaw in the fourth inning. He temporarily silenced them with an opposite-field drive that barely cleared the right field fence and the leaping attempt of Matt Kemp, the runner-up to Braun for NL MVP honors in 2011.
The two-run homer was the 15th shot this season for Braun, who was suspended for the final 65 games last season and the playoffs for violating baseball's drug policy.
"Kershaw is the best pitcher in baseball and he's been on an incredibly great run," Braun said. "It's extremely difficult to beat him, and it hasn't happened much this year. So for us to do that is an impressive accomplishment and something we're proud of.
"To split those two games he started is encouraging for us."
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