MILWAUKEE — Travis Shaw hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning off Trevor Bauer, Eric Lauer won in his first start of the season and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 on Thursday night.
It was the first meeting of the two teams since the first round of last year’s NL playoffs, a two-game sweep by the World Series champion Dodgers.
Bauer (3-1) allowed four hits, but the one that hurt was Shaw’s in the fourth. After Avisaíl García walked, Shaw drove a 2-2 curveball over the wall in right. Bauer went eight innings and struck out six.
Shaw leads the Brewers with 19 RBIs.
Lauer (1-0) made his first start of the season. Lauer, acquired with shortstop Luis Urías in a trade with San Diego in November 2019, the lefty was 0-2 with a 13.09 ERA in four games, including two starts, spread over three stints last season.
Lauer improved to 6-0 in eight starts against the Dodgers, seven with San Diego.
The Brewers bullpen preserved Lauer’s first win since he beat the Colorado Rockies 2-1 on Sept. 8, 2019.
Brad Boxberger pitched the sixth, J.P. Feyereisen handled the seventh, Devin Williams allowed two hits in the eighth and Josh Hader allowed an RBI base hit to pinch-hitter Austin Barnes in the ninth before Mookie Betts flied out to end the game. It was Hader’s sixth save in two chances.
The Dodgers slipped to 3-8 in their last 11 games.