The Los Angeles Angels ' last loss in Milwaukee came more than 16 years ago.
Giving the ball to C.J. Wilson may just keep it that way.
Unbeaten for nearly two months, Wilson looks to help the Angels beat the Brewers for an eighth straight meeting as the visitor Sunday.
Los Angeles (62-72) hasn't lost in Milwaukee since May 11, 1997, when the Brewers were a member of the AL and played at County Stadium.
The Angels' road winning streak in the series started with two wins there before taking all five visits at Miller Park.
Hank Conger kept that run going in dramatic fashion Saturday, putting Los Angeles up for good with a two-run, two-out homer in the ninth of a 6-5 win over Milwaukee (59-76).
"We kept playing baseball," manager Mike Scioscia said. "We got some breaks on the offensive side, a couple balls to fall in, and then there was some big hits at the end."
Sweeping the Brewers would cap the Angels' nine-game road trip with an eighth win, and turning to Wilson (13-6, 3.36 ERA) seems to give them a good chance.
Wilson has never pitched at Miller Park, but he's 9-1 with a 2.78 ERA over his last 14 starts this season. That stretch includes six straight winning decisions on the road as he's gotten 8.43 runs of support per nine innings.
The left-hander didn't get a decision or much help from the bats at Tampa Bay on Tuesday, when he allowed three runs with five walks in five innings while being backed by one run in a 6-5 win.
The Brewers, losers of five of six at Miller Park, will counter with Kyle Lohse (9-8, 3.39), who is 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA in five home starts since the All-Star break.
The right-hander struggled through his latest outing at Pittsburgh on Tuesday, giving up five runs and a career-high 13 hits in 5 1-3 innings while not getting a decision in a 7-6 win.
He has an 11.85 ERA over his last three starts against the Angels, but hasn't faced them since 2010.
Los Angeles may opt to start Chris Iannetta behind the plate after he went 2 for 4 with a solo homer Saturday. Iannetta is also 3 for 8 with a double off Lohse.
J.B. Shuck enters his first matchup with Lohse on a six-game hitting streak, during which he's 11 for 26 with four runs. The outfielder has a .417 average over his last 11 interleague games.
The Brewers are getting impressive production from Jonathan Lucroy , who is hitting .386 with 13 RBIs in 19 games. The catcher had three hits while matching his season high by plating four runs Saturday.
"Guys on base ... he's tough. He stays inside the ball, he stays on off-speed stuff," manager Ron Roenicke said. "They try to come in on him and he can still get to it. He's a tough guy to get out."
|Los Angeles Angels|
|August 29, 2013||Chris Nelson||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|August 28, 2013||Chris Nelson||Day-to-Day||Strained right hamstring|
|August 22, 2013||Kevin Jepsen||15-Day DL||Appendectomy|
|August 19, 2013||Mike Trout||Day-to-Day||Tight right hamstring|
|August 13, 2013||Erick Aybar||Day-to-Day||Left calf cramp|
|August 06, 2013||Howie Kendrick||15-Day DL||Sprained left knee|
|August 15, 2013||Carlos Gomez||Day-to-Day||Sprained right knee|
|August 08, 2013||Rickie Weeks||15-Day DL||Left hamstring surgery - out for season|
|August 02, 2013||Tom Gorzelanny||Day-to-Day||Left elbow contusion|
|July 31, 2013||Yovani Gallardo||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|July 31, 2013||Yovani Gallardo||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|July 27, 2013||Jean Segura||Day-to-Day||Right forearm tightness|
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Los Angeles Angels closer Ernesto Frieri threw pitch after pitch to Jonathan Lucroy with the bases loaded in the eighth inning Sunday, only to watch Lucroy keep fouling them off.
Finally, on his 12th delivery, Frieri got Lucroy to swing and miss, ending the long at-bat. Frieri then struck out rookie Khris Davis as well and pitched a scoreless ninth to help the Angels hold on for a 5-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers and a three-game sweep of their interleague series.
"(Lucroy's) one of the toughest hitters I've faced all season," said Frieri, who earned his 30th save in 34 chances. "He just kept on fighting and I just kept trying to get a pitch past him."
During the at-bat, Lucroy lined one pitch just foul down the right-field line and then the next pitch just foul down the left-field line. If either ball had been fair, the Brewers likely would have tied the score or taken the lead.
"The one in right field would have been a triple if it was fair," Frieri said.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia called the battle between Frieri and Lucroy "about as good of an at-bat that you're going to see."
"That was about as clutch as it gets," Scioscia said. "(Frieri) earned that one."
Lucroy said he got himself out by swinging at Frieri's pitches out of the strike zone.
"I swung at balls and I missed a couple of hangers," he said. "I got myself out, so I'm not too happy about it. It's the way the game is. It's baseball. Things happen. Sometimes they fall, sometimes they don't."
The other key on the mound for the Angels was C.J. Wilson (14-6), who gave up three runs and three hits over six innings to improve to 10-1 in his last 15 starts. Wilson has gone 10 consecutive starts without a loss, tying his career high set in 2011 with Texas.
Scioscia said Wilson wasn't as sharp Sunday as he has been in his past several starts, but was good enough.
"He made key pitches when he had to," the manager said. "He kept us in the game and gave us a chance to win."
Mike Trout tripled and doubled among his three hits to help the Angels finish an 8-1 road trip. They have won eight in a row against the Brewers in Milwaukee, dating to 1997.
J.B. Shuck hit a three-run double that put Los Angeles ahead in the seventh. Kole Calhoun had two RBIs.
"Our guys are playing hard and really getting after it every day," Scioscia said.
Kyle Lohse went six innings for Milwaukee, giving up one run and seven hits. Rob Wooten (3-1) allowed three runs in relief.
Calhoun's RBI single in the third gave the Angels a 1-0 lead.
Milwaukee tied it in the bottom half. Jeff Bianchi doubled to right and went to third when the ball got by Calhoun for an error. One out later, Lohse bunted in front of the plate and Bianchi was able to slide under the tag of catcher Hang Conger when the toss from Wilson was high.
Carlos Gomez 's two-run homer in the fourth gave the Brewers a 3-1 lead. It was his 19th of the season and first since Aug. 6.
Los Angeles grabbed the lead for good in the seventh by scoring four runs. Conger and Luis Jimenez singled to start the inning. Andrew Romine advanced both runners with a sacrifice, and pinch-hitter Josh Hamilton was intentionally walked.
Shuck then hit a grounder down the first-base line that hit the bag. The ball rolled into short right field and by the time Norichika Aoki could get it back in, all three runners had scored.
"That was a really big hit for us," Scioscia said.
Calhoun's RBI double made it 5-3.
NOTES: Hamilton was out of the starting lineup for the third straight game. He is battling a sore left shoulder and migraines. ... Milwaukee acquired RHP Michael Blazek from St. Louis as the player to be named in Friday's trade that sent reliever John Axford to the Cardinals. Blazek appeared in 11 games for the Cardinals this season, compiling a 6.97 ERA. ... The Brewers recalled RHP Donovan Hand from Triple-A Nashville. Hand is 0-4 in 21 appearances this season with Milwaukee.