Milwaukee at Washington

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Brewers 11, Nationals 9 wire reports

WASHINGTON -- First, Mike Cameron helped Milwaukee grab an early touchdown advantage. Once the Brewers coughed up the lead, Cameron was in the thick of restoring it.

Cameron homered and drove in three runs, Casey McGehee singled in the tie-breaking run in the sixth inning and Milwaukee recovered after blowing a seven-run lead in an 11-9 victory against the Washington Nationals on Saturday night.

"It was a big night. We won the game, and I got four hits," Cameron said. "It would have been [devastating] if we lost."

Cameron started the decisive rally with a one-out infield single off Jason Bergmann (2-2) and advanced when second baseman Ronnie Belliard threw wildly to first. After Prince Fielder was intentionally walked, McGehee blooped a single to left-center for a 9-8 lead.

"It's still a team sport. It's not like Prince can walk down the court and still score 40," Cameron added. "You have to maneuver and manufacture runs because that makes you dangerous."

Chris Narveson (1-0) worked 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief for his first major league victory. He got the game ball and congratulations from Trevor Hoffman, who worked the ninth for his 27th save in 29 tries.

"You never know when it's going to come or if it's going to come," said Narveson, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Nashville on Friday to replace disabled right-hander Jesus Colome.

Belliard hit a grand slam and Willie Harris added a pinch homer in the eighth for the Nationals, who have dropped five straight.

"I'm the eternal optimist. I'm just very happy our guys are competing like they are," Washington interim manager Jim Riggleman said. "They keep fighting, they keep coming back."

After the start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 21 minutes by rain, Milwaukee grabbed a 2-0 lead off Nationals starter John Lannan on Ryan Braun's two-run double to left.

The Brewers made it 7-0 in the second, chasing Lannan, who allowed seven runs on seven hits in 1 2/3 innings, the shortest outing of his career.

"It's not acceptable. ... I can't put my finger on it and I've got to battle through it," said Lannan, who has allowed 16 runs over 12 innings in his last three starts. "You just can't put that much pressure on your team."

Alcides Escobar led off with a double home on Felipe Lopez's liner to left before Cameron's towering two-run homer to left. Fielder drew a two-out walk and scored when center fielder Nyjer Morgan misplayed McGehee's double off the wall. Saul Rivera relieved and yielded a run-scoring single to Jason Bourgeois.

Washington scored twice in the second. Ryan Zimmerman drew a leadoff walk and went to third on a Belliard ground-rule double that kicked off and lodged under the center-field wall. Zimmerman scored when third baseman McGehee couldn't field Elijah Dukes' grounder and another run scored on Jorge Padilla's double play.

Cameron increased the lead to 8-2 with his third hit in as many innings, an RBI double.

Lopez and Cameron, batting one and two in the lineup, each went 4 for 6 and combined for five runs scored and five RBI.

Riggleman was ejected in the third inning by home plate umpire Mike Reilly for arguing Reilly's swinging strike call when Zimmerman tried to hold up on a 2-2 pitch with the bases loaded. If Riggleman was trying to spark Washington, the strategy worked -- Belliard hit Burns' next pitch into the left-field seats, cutting the lead to 8-6 with his third career slam.

Burns departed after three innings. He allowed six runs on five hits, walked two and struck out two.

Washington completed the comeback in the fourth. With one out, Wil Nieves singled off Mark DiFelice and Rivera walked before Narveson relieved and allowed Morgan's double to left. Alberto Gonzalez followed with a sacrifice fly for an 8-all tie.

After McGehee snapped the tie, Lopez drove in an insurance run with a seventh-inning double. Jason Kendall had an RBI double in the eighth.


Rivera singled in the third for his first major league hit. ... Belliard's was Washington's sixth grand slam this season. ... Riggleman was ejected for the second time since replacing the fired Manny Acta on July 13. ... Fielder walked four times, matching a career high. With 82 free passes, Fielder is on pace to eclipse Jeromy Burnitz's club record of 99 in 2000. ... Washington has endured 20 games affected by delays this season. Stoppages in those games total 35 hours, 23 minutes.
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Players of the Game

R. Belliard
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1

M. Cameron
AB 6
R 3
H 4
HR 1

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Milwaukee Brewers
Felipe Lopez, 2B6242001 .315
Mike Cameron, CF6343022 .262
Ryan Braun, LF6122003 .313
Prince Fielder, 1B1100410 .305
Casey McGehee, 3B5121003 .300
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
    Trevor Hoffman, P0000000 .000
Jason Bourgeois, RF3011011 .273
   a- Frank Catalanotto, PH-RF1000102 .309
Jason Kendall, C5121003 .244
Alcides Escobar, SS3210112 .320
Mike Burns, P0000000 .077
    Mark DiFelice, P0000000 .000
    Chris Narveson, P1000010 .000
   b- Hernan Iribarren, PH1000001 .182
    Claudio Vargas, P0000000 .000
    Craig Counsell, 3B1000000 .285
a-flied out for Bourgeois in the 6th
b-grounded out-bunting for Narveson in the 7th
2B - Felipe Lopez 3 (28, Lannan, Villone, MacDougal), Mike Cameron (24, Rivera), Ryan Braun (28, Lannan), Casey McGehee (14, Lannan), Jason Kendall (12, Sosa), Alcides Escobar (1, Lannan)
HR - Mike Cameron (18, Lannan)
SH - Alcides Escobar (1), Mike Burns 2 (3)
RBI - Felipe Lopez 2 (41), Mike Cameron 3 (54), Ryan Braun 2 (89), Casey McGehee (38), Jason Bourgeois (2), Jason Kendall (31)
2-OUT RBI - Felipe Lopez (19), Mike Cameron (18), Casey McGehee (24), Jason Bourgeois (2), Jason Kendall (10)
Team LOB - 10
DP - McGehee-F. Lopez-Fielder, F. Lopez-Escobar-Fielder
E - Casey McGehee (10, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
Mike Burns 3566221 6.17
Mark DiFelice 0.1122110 3.52
Chris Narveson (W,1-0) 2.2200020 6.75
Claudio Vargas (H,2) 1000000 2.57
Todd Coffey (H,21) 1211001 2.51
Trevor Hoffman (S,27) 1000010 1.95
HBP - Dunn (by Chris Narveson)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Burns 53-34, Mark DiFelice 10-4, Chris Narveson 34-23, Claudio Vargas 7-4, Todd Coffey 18-11, Trevor Hoffman 9-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Burns 3-3, Chris Narveson 1-5, Claudio Vargas 2-1, Todd Coffey 3-0, Trevor Hoffman 2-0
Batters Faced - Mike Burns 15, Mark DiFelice 3, Chris Narveson 11, Claudio Vargas 3, Todd Coffey 5, Trevor Hoffman 3
Washington Nationals
Nyjer Morgan, CF5021002 .310
Alberto Gonzalez, SS4111021 .265
Adam Dunn, 1B3100100 .286
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4100115 .299
Ronnie Belliard, 2B4234000 .240
Elijah Dukes, RF4001011 .233
Jorge Padilla, LF3000011 .083
   a- Willie Harris, PH-LF1111000 .222
Wil Nieves, C4110001 .262
John Lannan, P0000000 .159
    Saul Rivera, P1210100 .500
    Jason Bergmann, P0000000 .000
   b- Mike Morse, PH1000010 .000
    Ron Villone, P0000000 .000
    Jorge Sosa, P0000000 .000
   c- Cristian Guzman, PH1010000 .306
    Mike MacDougal, P0000000 .000
a-homered for J. Padilla in the 8th
b-struck out for Bergmann in the 6th
c-singled for Sosa in the 8th
2B - Nyjer Morgan (15, Narveson), Ronnie Belliard (7, Burns)
HR - Ronnie Belliard (5, Burns), Willie Harris (5, Coffey)
SF - Alberto Gonzalez (5)
RBI - Nyjer Morgan (38), Alberto Gonzalez (27), Ronnie Belliard 4 (20), Elijah Dukes (46), Willie Harris (20)
2-OUT RBI - Ronnie Belliard 4 (11)
Team LOB - 4
DP - Gonzalez-Belliard-Dunn
E - Ronnie Belliard (5, Throwing), Nyjer Morgan (4, Misplayed grounder)
Washington Nationals
John Lannan 1.2777201 4.03
Saul Rivera 3.1211130 5.64
Jason Bergmann (L,2-2) 1211100 4.98
Ron Villone 0.2211000 3.89
Jorge Sosa 1.1211220 4.60
Mike MacDougal 1100010 3.32
IBB - Fielder by Jason Bergmann, Catalanotto by Jorge Sosa
Pitches-Strikes - John Lannan 43-26, Saul Rivera 53-32, Jason Bergmann 20-9, Ron Villone 10-8, Jorge Sosa 22-12, Mike MacDougal 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lannan 3-2, Saul Rivera 3-4, Jason Bergmann 2-1, Ron Villone 2-0, Jorge Sosa 1-0, Mike MacDougal 2-0
Batters Faced - John Lannan 14, Saul Rivera 13, Jason Bergmann 6, Ron Villone 4, Jorge Sosa 7, Mike MacDougal 4
Game Information
Attendance - 19374
Game Time - 3:07
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - Chuck Meriwether, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Laz Diaz