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Nationals 10, Brewers 4

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MILWAUKEE -- In a little over two weeks, Ramon Ortiz has turned his season around.

After opening the year with four losses, Ortiz has won four straight games, the latest in the Washington Nationals' 10-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.

He gave up two earned runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings. In his last four starts, Ortiz has allowed nine earned runs after giving up 21 runs in the four losses.

"Everything is coming together," Ortiz said. "I never put my head down. I just kept going because I know we have a lot of talent and I know I can pitch."

Nationals manager Frank Robinson said Ortiz (4-4) has become a smarter pitcher over his past four starts.

"He's doing very well," Robinson said. "He's learning that he doesn't have to go out there and overpower people. He doesn't have to throw fastballs by everyone. He's enjoying this much more than he did before."

Robinson was also pleased with his team's hitting Friday.

The Nationals had 11 hits with seven of the eight starting position players getting at least one. Jose Vidro and Nick Johnson each had three hits, with Vidro driving in two runs and Brian Schneider hitting a three-run double that broke the game open.

"Everyone contributed tonight," Robinson said. "We got key base hits at the right times."

The same could not be said for the Brewers (26-29), who lost their sixth straight and dropped three games below .500 for the first time this season. During the losing streak, the Brewers have given up 10 or more runs three times and have been outscored 52-14.

Dana Eveland (0-3) took the loss in his sixth start for injured Brewers pitcher Ben Sheets. It was the third straight loss for Eveland, who gave up five runs and six hits in four innings.

After the game, Eveland was optioned back to Triple-A Nashville, along with right-hander Chris Mabeus. The Brewers purchased the contracts of right-hander Allan Simpson and left-hander Zack Jackson from Nashville.

"He made fewer mistakes tonight, but he was still erratic," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "We've been trying to get him to move on a downhill plane."

Eveland said he was not surprised by the move.

"You've got to get people out and go deep into ballgames and I have not been doing that," he said. "I just have to go down, work on some things and hopefully I'll be back up very soon."

The Nationals took a 2-0 lead in the first on Johnson's RBI double and Ryan Zimmerman's sacrifice fly. Washington increased the lead to 3-0 in the second on Royce Clayton's RBI single.

The Brewers cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the inning. Corey Koskie reached first when Johnson's throw to Ortiz covering first base was wide. Koskie went to second when Schneider couldn't come up with the ball near the Brewers dugout. Damian Miller followed with his fifth home run of the season.

Washington scored a run without a hit in the fifth. After Clayton walked and Vidro was hit by a pitch, Johnson hit a slow grounder to second baseman Rickie Weeks. Prince Fielder couldn't handle Weeks' throw and dropped the ball, allowing Clayton to score. Marlon Byrd then singled to drive in Vidro for a 5-2 lead.

Pinch-hitter Corey Hart's RBI single in the seventh gave Washington an 8-4 lead and Vidro added a two-run double in the eighth.

Notes

To honor players from the Negro Leagues, the Brewers wore reproductions of uniforms worn by the Milwaukee Bears, the city's 1923 representative in the Negro National League. The Nationals wore uniforms of the Negro National League's Homestead Grays, who played in Washington from 1937-48. ... Weeks had two errors in the eighth to give him a team-high 18 for the season. ... The Nationals purchased the contract of LHP Bill Bray from Triple-A New Orleans on Friday. ... After the game, the Nationals placed RHP Santiago Ramirez on the 15-day DL retroactive to May 30 with an elbow strain and recalled IF Brandon Harris.

 
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Milwaukee

D. Miller
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Washington

J. Vidro
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Washington Nationals
Alfonso Soriano, LF4110120
Royce Clayton, SS3311201
Jose Vidro, 2B4332002
Nick Johnson, 1B5131001
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B3111102
Marlon Byrd, CF3011022
   a- Daryle Ward, PH1000013
    Damian Jackson, CF1000000
Brian Schneider, C5013022
Mike Vento, RF4000111
Ramon Ortiz, P3100021
    Jon Rauch, P1000010
    Mike Stanton, P0000000
    Saul Rivera, P0000000
Totals371011951115 
a-struck out for Byrd in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jose Vidro (, Kolb), Nick Johnson 2 (, Eveland, Gonzalez), Ryan Zimmerman (, Eveland), Brian Schneider (, Gonzalez)
SF - Ryan Zimmerman ()
RBI - Royce Clayton (), Jose Vidro 2 (), Nick Johnson (), Ryan Zimmerman (), Marlon Byrd (), Brian Schneider 3 ()
2-OUT RBI - Royce Clayton (), Marlon Byrd (), Brian Schneider 3 ()
SB - Alfonso Soriano (, 3rd base off Kolb/D. Miller)
CS - Nick Johnson (, 2nd base by Eveland/D. Miller)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Nick Johnson (, Wild throw)
Washington Nationals
Ramon Ortiz (W,-) 6.2642171
Jon Rauch 1.1000020
Mike Stanton 0.2100010
Saul Rivera 0.1000000
Pitches-Strikes - Ramon Ortiz 116-74, Jon Rauch 21-13, Mike Stanton 15-10, Saul Rivera 3-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ramon Ortiz 3-10
Batters Faced - Ramon Ortiz 27, Jon Rauch 4, Mike Stanton 3, Saul Rivera 1
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B4000012
Bill Hall, SS4110020
Geoff Jenkins, RF4001010
Carlos Lee, LF4000010
Prince Fielder, 1B3000110
Corey Koskie, 3B4210000
Damian Miller, C4132001
Brady Clark, CF4010023
Dana Eveland, P1000011
    Joe Winkelsas, P0000000
   a- Gabe Gross, PH1000011
    Geremi Gonzalez, P0000000
   b- Corey Hart, PH1011000
    Dan Kolb, P0000000
Totals344741108 
a-struck out for Winkelsas in the 5th
b-singled for Gonzalez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Corey Koskie (, Ortiz), Damian Miller (, Stanton)
3B - Bill Hall (, Ortiz)
HR - Damian Miller (, Ortiz)
RBI - Geoff Jenkins (), Damian Miller 2 (), Corey Hart ()
2-OUT RBI - Damian Miller 2 (), Corey Hart ()
SB - Corey Hart (, 2nd base off Rauch/Schneider)
CS - Prince Fielder (, 2nd base by Ortiz/Schneider)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Hall-Weeks-Fielder
E - Prince Fielder (, Missed catch), Rickie Weeks 2 (, Wild throw)
Milwaukee Brewers
Dana Eveland (L,-) 4655350
Joe Winkelsas 1100010
Geremi Gonzalez 2333140
Dan Kolb 2121110
IBB - Zimmerman by Geremi Gonzalez
HBP - Vidro (by Dana Eveland)
Pitches-Strikes - Dana Eveland 98-58, Joe Winkelsas 12-8, Geremi Gonzalez 44-27, Dan Kolb 25-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dana Eveland 4-3, Joe Winkelsas 1-0, Dan Kolb 2-4
Batters Faced - Dana Eveland 22, Joe Winkelsas 3, Geremi Gonzalez 10, Dan Kolb 9
Game Information
Attendance - 21476
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Joe West