- Associated Press - Sunday, April 6, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - Strong outings are becoming a habit for Yovani Gallardo and the rest of Milwaukee’s rotation.

In the Brewers’ six games this season, no starter has allowed more than three runs.

“We see the guy in front of us do a great job and we want to do even better,” Gallardo said after the Brewers beat the Red Sox 4-0 on Sunday, his second straight scoreless start.

Milwaukee swept the three-game series against the Red Sox, who were swept just once last year when they won the World Series. That was at Texas from May 3-5.

Sweeping the Red Sox in front of their passionate fans at Fenway Park is even tougher.

“Any time you come in here and win a series, whether its three games or just two games, it’s a great series,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said.

The Red Sox, who never had a losing record last year, fell to 2-4 and matched their longest skid of 2013.

Gallardo (2-0) pitched six innings in Milwaukee’s 2-0 win over the Atlanta Braves in the season opener. He and starters Kyle Lohse, Matt Garza, Marco Estrada and Wily Peralta have a 1.65 ERA, the bullpen has a 1.02 ERA and 12 2-3 consecutive shutout innings, and the team ERA is 1.45 with just 38 hits allowed in 56 innings.

“It’s been outstanding,” Roenicke said. “Hopefully, this is a sign that it’s going to be a great year on the mound and I think it is going to be.”

The Red Sox had nine hits but stranded nine runners as they lost their first three home games for the first time since 1984.

“When we did get people on, Gallardo was able to get the ground ball,” Boston manager John Farrell said.

Of the 20 batters Gallardo retired, 11 were on ground balls.

Gallardo allowed seven hits, walked none and struck out three in 6 2-3 innings in the interleague game.

“We don’t get to come here very often,” he said. “The fans cheer their team on nonstop and you’ve got to calm yourself down.”

Jon Lester (0-2) pitched well for his second straight start but received little support again. In Boston’s opener, he allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings, but the Red Sox lost 2-1 at Baltimore. On Sunday, he gave up two earned runs in 7 1-3 innings.

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