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Ohka pitches Brewers over slumping Nationals

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MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Ned Yost had no problems with Tomo Ohka's outing.

Ohka pitched seven strong innings against his former team, leading Milwaukee over the Washington Nationals 5-3 Sunday.

Ohka (6-4) was acquired by Milwaukee for infielder Junior Spivey on June 10, a week after he was fined for turning his back to Frank Robinson when the Nationals' manager went to the mound to pull the right-hander. On Sunday, Robinson declined to comment on Ohka.

But Yost had only high praise for Ohka, who picked up his first win since he defeated Tampa Bay in his Milwaukee debut on June 14 -- a span of five starts.

"He was very sharp," Yost said. "He kept his fastball down and moved it in and out. He had real good command of all his pitches. His cutter was outstanding and his changeup and splitter were very good. He kept them way off balance. He pitched a great ballgame."

Ohka allowed four hits and three runs, struck out six and did not walk a batter in his first start since July 6. It was just his second career victory in 13 starts in July.

Derrick Turnbow pitched a perfect ninth for his 19th save in 21 opportunities.

"It's a good start to the second half to play against a division-leading team and take three of four," Yost said.

Geoff Jenkins hit a two-run double, and Russell Branyan and Chad Moeller each added RBI singles for the Brewers, who won for the fifth time in six games.

"That's a tough ballclub," said Jenkins, who is batting .439 (17-39) on a current 10-game hitting streak. "They had a great record going into the break. Maybe we caught them at a good time. We've got to be pretty happy taking three of four from a quality ballclub."

Jose Guillen homered and Brian Schneider had a two-run double as Washington lost for the seventh time in nine games.

"We just need somebody to come in or step in and get us some offense," Robinson said. "But I guess well just have to ride this out or just move some people around in the order to help us get a spark.

"They way we've played, we've played mediocre, that's what we've done. We've played with mediocrity since the All-Star break."

Washington starter Ryan Drese (3-2), 2-0 in his previous three starts, lasted just three innings. He allowed five hits and three runs.

"You know, I was throwing OK," Drese said. "I just hung a couple of breaking balls and that was the difference."

After Guillen's 19th homer gave Washington a 1-0 lead in the first, Jenkins hit a two-run double in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, Washington second baseman Jose Vidro misplayed Bill Hall's grounder, allowing Jenkins to score.

"A missed play by Jose cost (Drese) two runs, so you can't get too upset, but he still wasn't real sharp," Robinson said.

Milwaukee increased its lead to 5-1 in the third. Hall's groundout to the shortstop scored Rickie Weeks. Branyan added a two-out run-scoring single and Moeller extended his hitting streak to a career-high 10 games with another RBI single.

In the seventh, Schnieder drove in two runs with two outs when he doubled down the right-field line.

Notes

  • Milwaukee left fielder Carlos Lee did not start for the first time this season but replaced Chris Magruder in the second inning. Magruder was hit by a pitch in the first and left the game with a contusion to his right elbow.
  • Sixteen of Washington's last 17 games have been decided by two runs or less.
  • Milwaukee is 4-0-1 in its last four series at home and is 24-11 at Miller Park since April 29.
  • Ohka's only other victory in this month was on July 5, 2002, when he led Montreal to an 8-3 victory over Philadelphia.
  • Washington has scored more than four runs just twice in the last 11 games.
  • Drese has not allowed a home run in 34 innings with the Nationals.
 
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Players of the Game
Milwaukee

T. Ohka
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 3
BB 0
K 6
Washington

J. Guillen
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Washington Nationals
Brad Wilkerson, 1B4000030 .264
Jose Vidro, 2B4010000 .287
Jose Guillen, RF3211001 .304
Preston Wilson, CF4110010 .259
Ryan Church, LF4000012 .318
Vinny Castilla, 3B4000012 .258
Brian Schneider, C3022000 .269
Cristian Guzman, SS2000002 .192
   a- Carlos Baerga, PH1000001 .272
    Hector Carrasco, P0000000 .000
    Joey Eischen, P00000001.000
    Gary Majewski, P0000000 .000
Ryan Drese, P1000010 .000
    Sun-Woo Kim, P1000010 .000
    Jamey Carroll, SS1000000 .247
Totals32353088 
a-popped out for Guzman in the 7th
Batting
2B - Brian Schneider (15, Ohka)
HR - Jose Guillen (19, Ohka)
RBI - Jose Guillen (54), Brian Schneider 2 (26)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Guillen (21), Brian Schneider 2 (11)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Preston Wilson 1
DP - Carroll-Wilkerson, Vidro-Carroll-Wilkerson
E - Brian Schneider (3, Missed catch), Jose Vidro (3, Misplayed grounder)
Washington Nationals
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Sun-Woo Kim 3100110 3.86
Hector Carrasco 1100000 2.29
Joey Eischen0000000 4.91
Gary Majewski 1100000 3.38
HBP - Magruder (by Ryan Drese), Jenkins (by Ryan Drese), Jenkins (by Joey Eischen)
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Drese 59-37, Sun-Woo Kim 32-22, Hector Carrasco 12-7, Joey Eischen 3-1, Gary Majewski 9-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Drese 6-3, Sun-Woo Kim 3-5, Hector Carrasco 2-0, Gary Majewski 2-0
Batters Faced - Ryan Drese 17, Sun-Woo Kim 11, Hector Carrasco 3, Joey Eischen 1, Gary Majewski 3
Milwaukee Brewers
Brady Clark, CF4000002 .316
Rickie Weeks, 2B3220101 .269
Lyle Overbay, 1B4110002 .274
Bill Hall, SS-3B4101010 .275
Geoff Jenkins, RF2112000 .271
Chris Magruder, LF0000000 .237
    Carlos Lee, LF3000003 .261
Russell Branyan, 3B3011002 .262
    J.J. Hardy, SS1010000 .194
Chad Moeller, C4011001 .222
Tomo Ohka, P2010100 .192
    Matt Wise, P0000000 .000
    Julio Santana, P0000000 .000
    Derrick Turnbow, P0000000 .000
Totals305852111 
Batting
2B - Lyle Overbay (19, Drese), Geoff Jenkins (21, Drese)
RBI - Bill Hall (40), Geoff Jenkins 2 (37), Russell Branyan (22), Chad Moeller (13)
2-OUT RBI - Geoff Jenkins 2 (7), Russell Branyan (9), Chad Moeller (7)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Hall-Weeks-Overbay
E - Lyle Overbay (6, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
Tomo Ohka (W,6-4) 7433061 3.64
Matt Wise (H,6) 0.2100010 2.83
Julio Santana (H,8) 0.1000000 4.22
Derrick Turnbow (S,19) 1000010 2.23
HBP - Guillen (by Tomo Ohka)
Pitches-Strikes - Tomo Ohka 96-71, Matt Wise 11-9, Julio Santana 4-1, Derrick Turnbow 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tomo Ohka 7-8, Matt Wise 1-0, Derrick Turnbow 1-1
Batters Faced - Tomo Ohka 26, Matt Wise 3, Julio Santana 1, Derrick Turnbow 3
Game Information
Attendance - 23543
Game Time - 2:30
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Mike Reilly, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Paul Schrieber