Julio Uriah became the first winner of 20 games of the Dodgers since Clayton Kershaw in 2014, throwing a one-run ball in the seventh inning as Los Angeles beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-3 Saturday in the evening to extend the NL West Division race until the last day of the regular season.
The San Francisco Giants, who ranked first (106-55), lost to San Diego early Saturday, reducing their lead to one game. The Dodgers (105-56) They should beat the Brewers on Sunday and hope the Giants lose again to tie for the title, which Los Angeles has won for the past eight years. That would send them and the Giants to a decisive Game 163 in San Francisco on Monday.
Los Angeles won its fourteenth consecutive home game, tying a 100-year franchise record.
Urías (20-3) gave up a hit, struck out seven and walked two in 6 1/3 innings in his 32nd start of the regular season, making him the only 20-game major league winner this year. The 25-year-old left-hander retired 16 in a row after allowing Eduardo Escobar a double in the first.
Uriah left in the seventh as part of a double change, handing the ball to manager Dave Roberts and walking with an ovation of 49,705 spectators.
Kershaw won 21 games in 2014, when he won the last of his three Cy Young Awards. Urías became the fourth Mexican-born pitcher to win 20 games in the majors. joining former Dodger Fernando Valenzuela and Teddy Higuera of Milwaukee (both in 1986) and Esteban Loiaza of the Chicago White Sox (2003).
Urías has not lost since June 21 in San Diego. The Dodgers hit a three-run homer from Justin Turner in the first, a two-run shot from AJ Pollock in the room and a solo shot of Corey Seager in the fifth, giving them 17 home runs in their last four games. Max Muncy’s RBI double in the eighth made it 8-1.