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Milwaukee Brewers’ starter Eric Lauer delivers against the Indians during Sunday’s game at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

CLEVELAND – Eric Lauer no-hit Cleveland into the sixth inning a day after Milwaukee threw a history-making no-no, his teammates belted five homers and the Brewers beat the Indians 11-1 on Sunday.

Just hours after Corbin Burnes and Josh Hader combined on the record ninth no-hitter in the majors this season – and Cleveland’s record third time being no-hit this year – Lauer threatened to make it two in a row.

“After the one last night, I said something to one of my buddies,” Lauer recalled. “’You think there’s ever been back to back no-hitters?’”

Lauer, a native of Northeast Ohio, didn’t give up a hit until Ryan Lavarnway singled to center with one out in the sixth. Lavarnway, the Indians’ backup catcher, lined a 1-2 pitch into center field and was relieved to finally see a ball land safely.

“Yeah, I think it was about 14 innings, (which) is about 13 innings too long for us to go hitless,” Lavarnway said.

Óscar Mercado followed with a single and Myles Straw’s single scored Lavarnway. Brewers manager Craig Counsell removed Lauer, who received a nice ovation as he walked to the dugout. Brad Boxberger struck out the next two hitters.

Lauer (6-5) allowed one run and three hits while throwing 88 pitches in 5 1/3 innings.

Kolten Wong and Avisaíl García each homered twice. Manny Piña also connected, and the Brewers moved closer to the NL Central title with a three-game sweep.

Lauer attended Midview High School, located about 30 miles west of Cleveland, and pitched at Kent State. He wasn’t scheduled to pitch in the series but was moved up when scheduled starter Brandon Woodruff came down with a stomach flu Saturday.

Lauer walked Harold Ramirez with one out in the second but picked him off first base. He retired the next 11 hitters before giving up his first hit.

Wong homered on the fourth pitch of the game from Aaron Civale. García and Piña hit home runs in the third. Wong homered to lead off the eighth and García hit a two-run shot that landed in the left field bleachers and traveled 464 feet.

Civale (10-4) allowed seven runs in three innings. The right-hander made his second start since missing six weeks because of a sprained middle finger on his right hand.

The Brewers’ sweep was truly in convincing fashion. Milwaukee scored 24 runs and allowed seven hits in the series.

HOMETOWN

RETURN

Lauer was born in 1995, the season the Indians reached the World Series for the first time since 1954. He has several memories about attending games at the ballpark growing up.

“There’s a picture of me actually when I was a baby and I’m just decked out in Cleveland Indians gear, head to toe,” he said. “For some reason I was thinking of that picture. It’s a cool way for it to come full circle.”

UP NEXT

Indians: Cleveland is off Monday. RHP Triston McKenzie (4-6, 4.44 ERA) and LHP Logan Allen (1-6, 6.86 ERA) are scheduled to start a day-night doubleheader Tuesday in Minnesota.

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BREWERS 11, INDIANS 1

Milwaukee Cleveland

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Wong 2b 5 2 3 2 Straw cf 4 0 1 1

Escobar 3b 4 0 1 2 Rosario ss 4 0 0 0

Yelich dh 5 1 0 0 Ramirez 3b 4 0 0 0

Garcia rf 5 2 2 3 F.Reyes dh 4 0 1 0

Peterson lf 5 1 2 0 Ramirez lf 2 0 0 0

Urias ss 5 1 2 0 Chang 1b 3 0 0 0

Vgelbach 1b 3 2 0 0 Miller 2b 3 0 0 0

Piña c 5 2 3 3 Lavarnway c 3 1 1 0

Bradley Jr. cf 4 0 0 0 Mercado rf 3 0 1 0

Totals 41 11 13 10 Totals 30 1 4 1

Milwaukee 133 001 030 — 11

Cleveland 000 001 000 — 1

E–Rosario (9), Ramirez (14). LOB–Milwaukee 6, Cleveland 3. 2B–Piña (5). HR–Wong 2 (13), Garcia 2 (27), Piña (10).

IP H R ER BB SO

Milwaukee

Lauer W,6-5 5 1-3 3 1 1 1 8

Boxberger 2-3 0 0 0 0 2

Ashby S,1-1 3 1 0 0 0 5

Cleveland

Civale L,10-4 3 7 7 7 2 3

Perez 2 1 0 0 0 1

Young 1 2 1 1 0 2

Wittgren 1 1 0 0 0 0

Shaw 1 2 3 3 1 1

Clase 1 0 0 0 0 2

Umpires–Home, Scott Barry; First, Dan Iassogna; Second, John Bacon; Third, Jeremie Rehak. T–2:59. A–16,332 (34,788).

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