MILWAUKEE - Andrew McCutchen homered twice, Hunter Renfroe also went deep and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 on Thursday to split the four-game series.
McCutchen went 3 for 4 with three RBIs for his 19th career multi-homer game and first since June 1, 2021, when he also hit a pair for the Philadelphia Phillies in a 17-3 blowout of the Cincinnati Reds. His homers on Thursday were a solo shot in the first inning and a two-run blast in the third.
Renfroe, who went 3 for 3, added a two-run homer in the fifth to help the Brewers build a 5-0 lead. Renfroe also singled in the third and doubled off the center-field wall in the eighth.
Dodgers starter Andrew Heaney (1-1) gave up all three homers. He struck out 10 but allowed five runs, five hits and one walk in 4 2/3 innings.
Milwaukee's Corbin Burnes (9-5) held the Dodgers scoreless for five innings before running into trouble in the sixth. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner ended up striking out six and allowing three runs, six hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings.
Devin Williams struck out the side in the ninth for his eighth save in as many opportunities.
McCutchen opened the scoring with two outs in the first when he hit a 407-foot blast over the center-field wall on a 3-2 pitch.
Two innings later, he went deep to center with two outs again. McCutchen’s 415-foot drive on 2-0 slider from Heaney also scored Christian Yelich, who had reached on a one-out single.
The Dodgers got back in the game with a three-run sixth-inning.
Brewers center fielder Tyrone Taylor, who reached over the fence to catch a drive from Tampa Bay’s David Peralta on Aug. 9, nearly robbed an opposing player again on a two-out shot from Gavin Lux. The ball was initially in Taylor’s glove but fell out and bounced back into play after he reached his arm over the center-field fence.
Taylor’s two-run triple cut Milwaukee’s lead to 5-3 and took Burnes out of the game. Brad Boxberger replaced Burnes and walked Joey Gallo to put runners on the corners before striking out Chris Taylor to end the threat.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is hopeful that RHP Brusdar Graterol will be available for this weekend’s series with the Miami Marlins. Graterol hasn’t pitched since July 10 due to a shoulder injury but has been on a rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City.
The Brewers reinstated RHP J.C. Mejía and optioned him to Triple-A Nashville. Mejía has served his 80-game suspension after testing positive for the performance-enhancing substance Stanozolol.
C Jakson Reetz was designated for assignment.
Dodgers: Return home to face the Marlins. LHP Tyler Anderson (13-2, 2.81) pitches for the Dodgers and LHP Jesús Luzardo (3-5, 3.72) starts for the Marlins on Friday.
Brewers: Head to Chicago to begin a three-game series with the Cubs. Scheduled starters Friday are LHP Aaron Ashby (2-10, 4.24) for the Brewers and RHP Keegan Thompson (9-5, 3.67) for the Cubs.