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Dodgers get back to winning ways with shutout of Brewers

MILWAUKEE — Walker Buehler pitched his last game of the season on June 10. Clayton Kershaw is on the injured list for the second time this season. Dustin May is still more hope than reality.

And Julio Urias just keeps going.

The rock in the Dodgers’ rotation – maybe even before they realized it – Urias pitched five scoreless innings as the Dodgers resumed their winning ways, holding the Milwaukee Brewers to four hits in a 4-0 victory Monday night.

The Dodgers’ 80th win of the season was their 20th in 25 games since the All-Star break and 35th in their past 41 games, keeping them on pace to win 114 games this season.

Urias has been a near-constant throughout. Monday was the 14th time in his 23 starts this season that Urias has allowed one or no runs.

Nine of those have come in his last 13 starts, a stretch since the start of June during which the left-hander has a 2.05 ERA and 0.92 WHIP while holding opposing batters to a .190 average.

The steady improvement of his fastball as the season progressed has had a lot to do with that.

His velocity was down early in the year (likely thanks to the abbreviated spring training that followed MLB’s lockout) but it has returned over the course of the season. He hit 96 mph multiple times against the Brewers and averaged 94.4 mph on his four-seam fastball in the game, almost 1½ mph up from his season average.

Urias used that fastball to escape trouble in the first three innings.

The Brewers put their first two runners on base in the first inning and their leadoff man in both the second and third. Urias avoided damage each time, getting three of his six strikeouts and a double play with those runners on.

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