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Nationals 8, Brewers 3

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WASHINGTON -- Ryan Zimmerman and the Washington Nationals turned to the long ball to end a five-game skid.

Zimmerman, Cristian Guzman and Adam Dunn homered, and the Nationals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-3 on Sunday.

"We can hit," Nationals interim manager Jim Riggleman said. "We're more surprised when we don't score some runs than when we do score them."

Rookie right-hander Craig Stammen (4-6) allowed three runs and five hits over 6 1/3 innings to win for the first time in six starts. Zimmerman drove in three runs and Ronnie Belliard had two RBI.

"Anytime the starting pitcher gets into the seventh and we can score that many runs, I'll take our chances that we're going to have a pretty good day," Zimmerman said.

Alcides Escobar hit his first major league homer for the Brewers, who had won two straight, but his error helped Washington score three unearned runs off Manny Parra in the first. Nyjer Morgan reached on an infield single and was safe at second when the shortstop couldn't handle Parra's throw to second on Guzman's bouncer to the mound.

"The ball, when Manny throw, I'm waiting for it on my side," Escobar said. "He throw easy, and I see the runner very close to me. I try to jump and I drop the ball."

Zimmerman then delivered a run-scoring single to center and Ronnie Belliard later added a two-out, two-run bloop hit to right.

Morgan's successful suicide squeeze plated Mike Morse and Guzman's two-out solo shot to left made it 5-0 in the second.

"You're always trying not to give up any hits -- that's the goal always -- but it's a little bit of extra comfort in the back of your mind that if you do make a mistake, you're still right there," Stammen said. "You don't have to be picture perfect."

Parra, who had won four of his past five starts, allowed eight runs -- five earned -- and eight hits over 3 1/3 innings.

Dunn connected for his 33rd homer in the third, hitting a leadoff drive into the second deck in right. Guzman singled with one out in the fourth before Zimmerman launched his career-high 26th home run to center, knocking Parra (8-10) from the game.

Escobar lined Stammen's 2-1 pitch into the left-field stands in the fifth to cut the Nationals' lead to 8-2. But the slick-fielding rookie's miscue still stood out.

"That's nice that he hit a home run [but] I'm looking for him to be a Hoover out there in the field," Brewers manager Ken Macha said. "This guy's supposed to be an impact glove man."

Milwaukee's Ryan Braun was ejected for throwing his helmet in the sixth after shortstop Guzman ranged into short left field to snag his grounder and throw him out at first for the inning's first out. Braun used two hands to heave his headgear in disgust and got tossed by first base umpire Mike Muchlinksi.

Notes

Nationals LHP Sean Burnett bruised his left thumb trying to field Mike Cameron's grounder in the seventh. Riggleman said he might be unavailable for a couple of days. ... For the fourth time this season, Macha batted his starting pitcher eighth, with Escobar hitting ninth. ... Washington OF Elijah Dukes was scratched with a sore, blistered left thumb. He was replaced by Morse in right field. ... The three homers allowed by Parra were a season high. ... Washington's Josh Willingham was hit by a Carlos Villanueva pitch in the sixth, the team-high 12th time this year he's been plunked.

 
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Players of the Game
Washington

R. Zimmerman
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Washington

C. Stammen
IP 6.1
H 5
ER 3
BB 1
K 1
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Felipe Lopez, 2B4011001 .314
Craig Counsell, 3B4000001 .282
Ryan Braun, LF3010000 .313
    Jason Bourgeois, LF0000100 .273
Prince Fielder, 1B4000002 .303
Mike Cameron, CF3000121 .260
Frank Catalanotto, RF2000002 .302
    Carlos Villanueva, P0000000 .125
   a- Hernan Iribarren, PH1110000 .250
    Mark DiFelice, P0000000 .000
    David Weathers, P0000000 .000
   b- Casey McGehee, PH1000000 .298
Mike Rivera, C4000013 .241
Manny Parra, P1110000 .135
    Jody Gerut, RF3011000 .206
Alcides Escobar, SS3111002 .321
Totals3336323  
a-doubled for Villanueva in the 7th
b-popped out for Weathers in the 9th
Batting
2B - Hernan Iribarren (2, Stammen), Manny Parra (2, Stammen)
HR - Alcides Escobar (1, Stammen)
RBI - Felipe Lopez (42), Jody Gerut (20), Alcides Escobar (2)
2-OUT RBI - Felipe Lopez (20)
SB - Ryan Braun (12, 2nd base off Stammen/Bard)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Craig Counsell (5, Misplayed grounder), Alcides Escobar (2, Missed catch of throw)
Milwaukee Brewers
Manny Parra (L,8-10) 3.1885103 6.54
Carlos Villanueva 2.2200110 6.01
Mark DiFelice 1000010 3.45
David Weathers 1000100 3.65
HBP - Willingham (by Carlos Villanueva)
Pitches-Strikes - Manny Parra 72-44, Carlos Villanueva 56-29, Mark DiFelice 12-9, David Weathers 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Manny Parra 6-6, Carlos Villanueva 1-6, David Weathers 2-1
Batters Faced - Manny Parra 21, Carlos Villanueva 12, Mark DiFelice 3, David Weathers 4
Washington Nationals
Nyjer Morgan, CF4111001 .310
Cristian Guzman, SS5321000 .307
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4223100 .301
Adam Dunn, 1B4121103 .288
    Alberto Gonzalez, 2B0000000 .265
Josh Willingham, LF3000003 .296
    Sean Burnett, P0000000 .000
    Jorge Padilla, RF0000000 .083
Ronnie Belliard, 2B-1B3012103 .241
Josh Bard, C4010002 .234
Mike Morse, RF4110011 .167
    Tyler Clippard, P0000000 .000
Craig Stammen, P2000013 .207
    Willie Harris, LF1000000 .221
Totals34810832  
Batting
2B - Mike Morse (1, Parra)
HR - Cristian Guzman (6, Parra), Ryan Zimmerman (26, Parra), Adam Dunn (33, Parra)
SH - Nyjer Morgan (10), Craig Stammen (4)
RBI - Nyjer Morgan (39), Cristian Guzman (43), Ryan Zimmerman 3 (85), Adam Dunn (89), Ronnie Belliard 2 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Cristian Guzman (22), Ronnie Belliard 2 (13)
Team LOB - 8
Washington Nationals
Craig Stammen (W,4-6) 6.1533111 5.08
Sean Burnett 0.2100000 3.04
Tyler Clippard 2000120 2.34
WP - Sean Burnett (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Craig Stammen 97-60, Sean Burnett 14-9, Tyler Clippard 29-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Craig Stammen 9-9, Sean Burnett 1-1
Batters Faced - Craig Stammen 25, Sean Burnett 3, Tyler Clippard 7
Game Information
Attendance - 21484
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Chuck Meriwether, First Base - Mike Muchlinski, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Mike Reilly