Brown allowed six hits in eight innings and
homered as the Dodgers blanked the
, 3-0, to snap a four-game losing streak.
Brown (7-1) did not walk a batter and struck out six to win his sixth straight decision. The righthander has a 1.06 ERA in his last seven starts.
"I thought I had better stuff tonight than I did in my last start back there (in Milwaukee on Sunday)," Brown said. "It was good for us to get off that losing track and get back to winning ways."
"He was dominating tonight again," said Dodgers catcher
Paul Lo Duca
, whose RBI single in the seventh increased his hitting streak to 10 games. "His stuff was so good, I could hardly catch it. He had a great slider and a tremendous sinker tonight. His ball has great life, his movement is unbelievable. He is as good as he was before the injuries."
The 38-year-old Brown made two trips to the disabled list in 2002 due to a pair of right elbow injuries. While on the DL the second time, he underwent back surgery on June 11. Brown finished just 3-4 with a 4.81 ERA in 17 appearances, including 10 starts.
"I can't say coming into the season I honestly expected to be back to this point at this time," Brown said. "Maybe physically, I am healthier now than I was in 1999 or 2000, even before the arm and back trouble came up. I am just trying to focus on the small picture, take little bites. It is a lot easier that way."
This season, Brown has allowed two earned runs or fewer in 10 of his 12 starts and has not lost since April 18 against San Francisco.
"To me, there is no question he is the best pitcher in the National League right now," Lo Duca said. "He is the kind of guy that can embarrass you as a hitter."
"When he is pitching like he did tonight, there is nothing you can do to offset him," Brewers manager
said. "He was not as sharp as he was last time against us, but he was good enough to shut us out. Brown is a power pitcher and, when he is on, you almost have to be lucky to beat him."
Brown continued his mastery of the Brewers, improving to 14-5 with a 2.94 ERA in 25 lifetime starts.
worked the ninth for his 19th save.
McGriff's 487th career homer, a two-run shot in the third inning off Brewers starter
(0-2), gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.
"I have to still play my game and don't worry about it," McGriff said of his quest for 500 home runs. "I just have to go out and let it come to me. Sometimes, I try to swing a little too hard. I know I just need to take my nice easy swing."
A double by
to lead off the fifth was the lone extra-base hit for the Brewers, who slipped to 0-4 against Brown since he signed with Los Angeles as a free agent on December 12, 1998.
The Dodgers had won 10 straight games before the four-game slide.