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Brewers' Mike Fiers outduels Dodgers' Zack Greinke in dominant start

In a pitching matchup with a player called up from the minors against Zack Greinke, you'd take Greinke every time, right?

If you did, you wouldn't be right every time.

In a start reminiscent of his major-league debut in 2012 in Los Angeles, right-hander Mike Fiers kept the Dodgers under control as the Milwaukee Brewers took a 4-1 victory at Miller Park.

It was the third consecutive win for the first-place Brewers and assured they'd win the series from the first-place Dodgers no matter what Clayton Kershaw has up his sleeve Sunday afternoon.

Filling in for injured Matt Garza, Fiers went eight strong innings, allowing only three hits and one run, with one walk and five strikeouts. The outing was similar to his debut against the Dodgers on May 29, 2012, when he allowed five hits and one run over seven innings in a 2-1 victory.

Greinke allowed eight hits -- including a pair of homers -- and four runs to fall to 0-2 in two starts at Miller Park with the Dodgers. In the one and a half years he was with the Brewers, Greinke was 15-0 at home.

Brewers left fielder Khris Davis never had faced Greinke until stepping to the plate with one on (Scooter Gennett's single) and one down in the second inning. Davis left a first impression by driving a 1-2 fastball the other way to right-center and over the wall for his 19th homer.

Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez cut the lead in half and collected his team's first hit, all with the same swing, with one down in the fourth inning. For the second consecutive night, Gonzalez sent a drive far out to right for a home run, his 17th.

Greinke didn't think Carlos Gomez would be looking for a first-pitch curveball leading off the bottom of the sixth but he was wrong. Gomez jumped on it and sent a drive down the left-field line that stayed just fair for his 18th home run and a 3-1 lead.

Jonathan Lucroy followed with his third consecutive line-drive single to left and Ryan Braun drew a walk. Aramis Ramirez dumped a single into left-center to score Lucroy and make it 4-1.

When Gennett followed with a fly to medium center, Braun wasn't about to challenge the arm of Yasiel Puig and stayed put at third. That play allowed Greinke to avoid further damage by striking out Khris Davis and getting Mark Reynolds to pop out to short.

After Fiers bowed out to a huge ovation, closer Francisco Rodriguez found some trouble in the ninth. But he stranded two runners to convert his 35th save in 39 chances.

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