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Kapler's walk-off in 13th sends Brewers to win over Nats

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MILWAUKEE -- After going hitless in his first six at-bats Sunday, Milwaukee's Gabe Kapler was ready to spend a long night at home pondering his poor play. Instead, he gave himself and the Brewers something to remember.

The reserve outfielder homered off the pole in left leading off the 13th inning and the Milwaukee Brewers came back from a late three-run deficit for a 5-4 victory over the Nationals.

"Today's game was, overall, not a comfortable game from a personal standpoint," he said. "I didn't feel very good overall."

In his first six at-bats, he went 0-for-6, striking out twice, reaching once on an error and only getting one ball out of the infield.

"I knew that barring something like that happening for me, I was probably going to go home and have a pretty rough night," he said. "Now, I can go home and look forward to tomorrow. It's a nice feeling."

Kapler's shot off Luis Ayala (1-8) was his first career walk-off homer and gave Milwaukee its fifth consecutive victory.

Ayala, who had just entered the game, has a 6.04 ERA.

"We can't even hide him now," Washington manager Manny Acta said. "He comes into situations like this and he's just not making pitches."

Starting for the injured Ryan Braun, Kapler watched intently from near the plate as the ball hit the pole, then quickly jogged around the bases.

"At first I thought it was going to stay fair for sure, then I saw it had kind of had a little lean to it," he said. "I wasn't positive whether it would stay fair. I'm glad it did."

The Brewers had chances to end it earlier, but stranded the winning run on second base in the ninth and 11th innings, and left the bases loaded in the 10th. The team was 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position and left 16 on base.

"We had opportunities to score there every inning," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "We just couldn't capitalize on it."

Milwaukee fell behind 4-1 in the eighth when Eric Gagne allowed a two-run homer by Austin Kearns followed by a solo shot from Lastings Milledge.

The Brewers tied it in the bottom of the inning on Mike Rivera's three-run double off closer Joel Hanrahan. Reliever Saul Rivera allowed a single to Bill Hall between walks to Prince Fielder and Mike Cameron to load the bases before being replaced by Hanrahan with two outs.

Rivera, making only his 12th start this year, drove the ball to the left field wall, allowing all three runners to score without a play and tying the score at 4.

Rivera was on base five times, going 2-for-3 with three of the Brewers 13 walks. In only 54 at-bats, Rivera is batting .333 with 14 RBI.

"It feels great," Rivera said of his game. "All the time I wait for this kind of moment."

Washington starter John Lannan took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, allowing only a single to Corey Hart that glanced off second baseman Emilio Bonifacio's glove with one out in the sixth.

"This guy had a no hitter going into the sixth inning without his best stuff," Acta said. "He ran his pitch count with those five walks, but we're so happy for this kid. We've got a pitcher here. He's got four pitches and he can throw them for strikes."

Bill Hall followed with a sacrifice fly to right that easily scored Kapler from third to tie the score at 1. Kapler reached on a grounder to third, and first baseman Ronnie Belliard was charged with an error when he couldn't handle the throw from Ryan Zimmerman.

Lannan walked five and struck out six in six innings.

Milwaukee starter Manny Parra went seven innings, giving up one run on six hits and no walks while tying a career-high with nine strikeouts.

Notes

  • Guillermo Mota (3-5) pitched the top of the 13th.
  • It was Parra's first appearance since he was shoved by Fielder in the dugout during a loss. Fielder apologized saying he should have done a better job of handling his frustration.
  • Milledge's RBI single in the sixth extended his hitting streak to 11 games and ended Washington's scoreless innings streak at 27.
 
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Gabe Kapler (center) is a popular guy after he slams the winning home run in extra innings.  (AP)
Gabe Kapler (center) is a popular guy after he slams the winning home run in extra innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Washington

L. Milledge
AB 6
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Milwaukee

M. Rivera
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Washington Nationals
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B6000022 .241
Cristian Guzman, SS6120000 .299
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B6130012 .263
Austin Kearns, RF6112023 .220
Lastings Milledge, CF6132021 .257
Jesus Flores, C4000022 .273
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
    Jesus Colome, P0000000 .000
   a- Kory Casto, PH1000010 .204
    Charlie Manning, P0000000 .000
   b- Pete Orr, PH1000011 .238
    Luis Ayala, P0000000 .000
Ronnie Belliard, 1B5020111 .248
Willie Harris, LF4000012 .247
John Lannan, P2000022 .031
   c- Ryan Langerhans, PH1000000 .250
    Saul Rivera, P0000000 .000
    Wil Nieves, C2000001 .278
Totals504114115  
a-struck out for Colome in the 11th
b-struck out for Manning in the 13th
c-grounded out for Lannan in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ryan Zimmerman (14, Gagne), Ronnie Belliard (16, Parra)
HR - Austin Kearns (6, Gagne), Lastings Milledge (12, Gagne)
SH - Willie Harris (3)
RBI - Austin Kearns 2 (30), Lastings Milledge 2 (43)
2-OUT RBI - Austin Kearns 2 (12), Lastings Milledge 2 (16)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Ronnie Belliard (9, Missed catch of throw)
Washington Nationals
John Lannan 6110560 3.40
Saul Rivera 1.2233230 3.43
Joel Hanrahan (BS,2) 1.1200220 3.78
Jesus Colome 1100210 4.64
Charlie Manning 2000200 4.50
Luis Ayala (L,1-8)0111001 6.04
IBB - Branyan by Joel Hanrahan
Pitches-Strikes - John Lannan 101-60, Saul Rivera 40-21, Joel Hanrahan 28-14, Jesus Colome 26-14, Charlie Manning 26-12, Luis Ayala 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lannan 10-3, Saul Rivera 1-1, Joel Hanrahan 2-0, Charlie Manning 1-5
Batters Faced - John Lannan 25, Saul Rivera 9, Joel Hanrahan 8, Jesus Colome 6, Charlie Manning 8, Luis Ayala 1
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B5010114 .229
    Carlos Villanueva, P0000000 .125
   a- Jason Kendall, PH1000000 .242
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
J.J. Hardy, SS6000136 .279
Gabe Kapler, LF7211026 .304
Prince Fielder, 1B4100211 .276
Corey Hart, RF4020221 .286
Bill Hall, 3B4111123 .228
Mike Cameron, CF5100105 .232
Mike Rivera, C3023302 .333
Manny Parra, P1000001 .205
   b- Ray Durham, PH1000011 .285
    Eric Gagne, P0000000 .000
   c- Russell Branyan, PH0000100 .252
    Salomon Torres, P0000000 .000
   d- Craig Counsell, PH-2B1000100 .226
Totals425751312  
a-popped out for Villanueva in the 12th
b-struck out for Parra in the 7th
c-was walked intentionally for Gagne in the 8th
d-walked for Torres in the 10th
Batting
2B - Mike Rivera (5, Hanrahan)
HR - Gabe Kapler (6, Ayala)
SF - Bill Hall (2)
SH - Manny Parra (1)
RBI - Gabe Kapler (30), Bill Hall (45), Mike Rivera 3 (14)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Rivera 3 (9)
SB - Corey Hart 2 (21, 2nd base off Lannan/Flores, 2nd base off Manning/Nieves), Mike Rivera (2, 2nd base off Rivera/Flores)
Team LOB - 16
Milwaukee Brewers
Manny Parra 7611090 4.02
Eric Gagne 1333012 6.98
Salomon Torres 2000110 2.69
Carlos Villanueva 2100030 4.34
Guillermo Mota (W,3-5) 1100010 4.97
WP - Manny Parra (13), Carlos Villanueva (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Manny Parra 92-65, Eric Gagne 35-24, Salomon Torres 23-14, Carlos Villanueva 33-22, Guillermo Mota 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Manny Parra 7-5, Salomon Torres 3-2, Carlos Villanueva 2-2
Batters Faced - Manny Parra 27, Eric Gagne 6, Salomon Torres 7, Carlos Villanueva 8, Guillermo Mota 4
Game Information
Attendance - 42423
Game Time - 4:09
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Laz Diaz