MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- After two injury-plagued seasons,
is back among the game's elite.
Brown carried a shutout into the ninth inning en route to his fifth straight victory as the
Los Angeles Dodgers
extended their winning streak to 10 games with a 5-1 triumph over the
Brown made just 37 appearances - 29 starts - in the previous two seasons as he endured injuries to his elbow and back. But he has returned to full strength and is the most dominant pitcher in the deepest rotation in baseball.
The 38-year-old righthander allowed four singles and one walk while striking out eight. He threw 99 pitches and fell three outs shy of his 18th career shutout and first since 2000.
"My movement was good, but some of my other stuff has been better," he said. "It's just about finding what's working early enough so you stay away from the stuff that'll get you in trouble. My movement was good. That's my bread and butter."
, that's the way he pitched," Dodgers manager
said. "He resembles very much a lot what I saw here and watched as a coach in 1999 and 2000. He's locked in. It's safe to say you're going to get quality performances time after time."
Brown faced the minimum through 7 2/3 innings and left after allowing consecutive singles to pinch hitter
to open the ninth.
"I would have liked to have finished it out," he said. "Everyone would have been thrilled, but it's about getting the team to win. Whatever, we got the win."
"He's definitely healthy, that's for sure," Milwaukee slugger
said. "He's one of the best pitchers in baseball. He was able to keep us off-balance. He was tough. Like I said, he's one of the best."
entered and loaded the bases with one out before allowing a sacrifice fly to
. The run was charged to Brown (6-1), who improved to 14-5 lifetime against Milwaukee, his most victories against any team.
"(Brown) has an overpowering sinker and overpowering command," Brewers manager
said. "When you run into those two combinations, you're most of the time in trouble."
Brown continued a dominant stretch by Dodgers starters, who are 10-0 with a 1.61 ERA in the last 11 games. He has won three starts in that span, allowing just three runs and 12 hits in 22 innings.
"When everyone around you is pitching well, there's less pressure on you," Brown said. "Even if you go out there and don't have your best stuff, the guy pitching the next day will pick you up."
"I've never seen anything like this," Los Angeles catcher
Paul Lo Duca
said. "Hopefully they can keep it going. They are that good and people are starting to realize it."
hit his 486th career homer in the sixth inning and Lo Duca added a three-run blast off Brewers starter
(4-4) in the eighth for Los Angeles, which has matched the fifth-longest winning streak in franchise history.
The Dodgers have won 10 straight games for the first time since an 11-game run from May 17-29, 1993.
Brown retired the first 11 batters he faced before walking Sexson with two outs in the fourth. Sexson was caught stealing and
John Vander Wal
singled with one out in the fifth, but
bounced into a double play.
doubled with one out in the sixth and, after
struck out, McGriff drove a 2-0 pitch from Sheets over the right field wall for a 2-0 lead.
"All day long (Sheets) had been throwing breaking balls and pitching inside," McGriff said. "He tried to come in but didn't quite get it in enough."
Sheets hit Cabrera to open the eighth and advanced to second when Young made a throwing error on McGriff's grounder. Lo Duca capitalized on the mistake, hitting his third homer of the season off a 3-1 pitch for a 5-0 cushion.
Brown had retired nine straight batters before hitting Helms with two outs in the eighth.
reached on an infield single as Milwaukee got a runner to second base for the first time, but Brown got
to fly out to end the inning.