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Nationals 5, Brewers 3

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WASHINGTON -- In the brief history of the Washington Nationals, April has been a cruel month.

So far, so good this year. After the Nationals' 5-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night, the team reached .500, albeit after just 10 games.

"When you win games and you haven't played well, that's a really good sign," Adam Kennedy said.

Washington has won two straight in the late innings. On Thursday, Ryan Zimmerman, who hasn't started the last five games with a strained left hamstring, hit a two-run, pinch-hit home run for an exciting win in Philadelphia. On Friday, Kennedy's two-run single in the eighth inning keyed a three-run rally.

Trailing 3-2 entering the bottom of the eighth, Alberto Gonzalez led off with a single off LaTroy Hawkins (0-2). After Willy Taveras ran for Gonzalez, Hawkins hit Josh Willingham with a pitch. Both runners moved up on Ian Desmond's sacrifice, and with first baseman Prince Fielder playing in, Kennedy laced a ball under Fielder's glove into right field to score Taveras and Willingham.

After Kennedy stole second, Wil Nieves' single scored him. Kennedy got to hit because Zimmerman was on deck to hit for Nieves, and Milwaukee manager Ken Macha preferred to pitch to a player who began the night with a .160 average.

Jim Riggleman took over a team with baseball's worst record at the All-Star break last year, and watched them play respectably during the second half of the season. This year, they began spring training with an 0-11 record, and now, he's happy with what he's seen.

"I've been pleased with them from the get-go," he said. "In spring training, we weren't winning games, but the energy was good. I really feel that we're not playing at the top of our game - by any means, so that's encouraging."

Brian Bruney (1-0), who allowed an unearned run in the top of the eighth to give Milwaukee a temporary 3-2 lead, was the winner.

Sean Burnett retired the only batter he faced in the ninth, and Matt Capps retired two for his fifth save.

It was the second loss in as many games for Hawkins, who allowed four runs in the eighth inning Wednesday in Chicago. He's given up seven runs in his last two innings.

An emotional Hawkins, eyes red, struggled to explain his misfortune.

"It's not going to happen too often, but it did happen back-to-back games," Hawkins said. "Kind of weird, but I accept it. Just didn't get the job done."

The Brewers took a 3-2 lead in the top of the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Gregg Zaun.

Casey McGehee, who had three hits, homered in the second to give Milwaukee a 1-0 lead. It was his fourth home run of the year, and second in two games.

Washington tied it in the bottom of the third off Yovani Gallardo on a single by Nieves and a triple by Nyjer Morgan.

Rickie Weeks doubled in the fifth with two outs off John Lannan, giving him hits in the Brewers' first 10 games. He scored on a single by Corey Hart for a 2-1 lead.

Willingham's third homer of the year in the sixth tied it at 2.

Gallardo, who signed a five-year, $30.1 million contract on April 8, hasn't won yet this year. He allowed two runs and six hits in six innings in the best of his three starts this season. He walked four and struck out five.

Lannan allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings. He walked three and struck out five.

"I don't think we've hit our stride yet," Lannan said. "We're just building off each game, and once we get Zim back, we'll play better ball."

Notes

Nationals 1B Adam Dunn was ejected in the first inning of the game for arguing a called third strike. Dunn is 1 for 10 with six strikeouts against Gallardo. ... Riggleman said Zimmerman should be able to play Saturday. He pinch hit for Bruney and hit into a double play. ... Nationals RF Willie Harris wore No. 42 to honor Jackie Robinson. Harris and Robinson were both born in Cairo, Ga. ... Guzman singled in the first inning for his 500th hit with the Nationals. ... Weeks became the fifth Brewers player to open the season with a 10-game hitting streak.

 
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Players of the Game
Washington

J. Willingham
AB 2
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Milwaukee

C. McGehee
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B4110100 .324
Corey Hart, RF5011011 .269
Ryan Braun, LF3020101 .400
Prince Fielder, 1B4010024 .289
Casey McGehee, 3B4231011 .378
Carlos Gomez, CF3000002 .250
Gregg Zaun, C3001012 .133
Alcides Escobar, SS3000101 .250
Yovani Gallardo, P3000012 .000
    Manny Parra, P0000000 .000
    Claudio Vargas, P0000000 .000
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
   a- Craig Counsell, PH1000000 .111
Totals3338336  
a-grounded out for Hawkins in the 9th
Batting
2B - Rickie Weeks (2, Lannan)
HR - Casey McGehee (4, Lannan)
SF - Gregg Zaun (1)
SH - Carlos Gomez (3)
RBI - Corey Hart (5), Casey McGehee (9), Gregg Zaun (1)
2-OUT RBI - Corey Hart (2)
SB - Corey Hart (2, 2nd base off Lannan/Nieves), Ryan Braun (1, 2nd base off Lannan/Nieves), Carlos Gomez (3, 2nd base off Lannan/Nieves)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Weeks-Fielder, Escobar-Fielder, Escobar-Weeks-Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers
Yovani Gallardo 6622451 5.50
Manny Parra 0.1100010 0.00
Claudio Vargas 0.2000000 11.57
LaTroy Hawkins (BS,2; L,0-2) 1333000 11.81
HBP - Morgan (by Manny Parra), Willingham (by LaTroy Hawkins)
WP - Yovani Gallardo (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Yovani Gallardo 107-59, Manny Parra 16-9, Claudio Vargas 1-1, LaTroy Hawkins 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yovani Gallardo 5-6, Claudio Vargas 1-0, LaTroy Hawkins 2-0
Batters Faced - Yovani Gallardo 26, Manny Parra 3, Claudio Vargas 1, LaTroy Hawkins 6
Washington Nationals
Nyjer Morgan, CF2011100 .243
Willie Harris, RF-3B3010111 .150
Cristian Guzman, 2B4010013 .273
Adam Dunn, 1B1000011 .179
    Alberto Gonzalez, 3B3010000 .308
    Willy Taveras, PR-RF0100000 .133
Josh Willingham, LF2221100 .375
Ian Desmond, SS3000002 .207
Adam Kennedy, 3B-1B3122100 .214
Wil Nieves, C4121013 .250
John Lannan, P2000011 .000
   a- Justin Maxwell, PH1000010 .000
    Brian Bruney, P0000000 .000
   b- Ryan Zimmerman, PH1000001 .238
    Sean Burnett, P0000000 .000
    Matt Capps, P0000000 .000
Totals29510546  
a-struck out for Lannan in the 7th
b-grounded into a double play for Bruney in the 8th
Batting
3B - Nyjer Morgan (3, Gallardo)
HR - Josh Willingham (3, Gallardo)
SH - Ian Desmond (2)
RBI - Nyjer Morgan (2), Josh Willingham (10), Adam Kennedy 2 (6), Wil Nieves (1)
SB - Nyjer Morgan (4, 2nd base off Gallardo/Zaun), Adam Kennedy (2, 2nd base off Hawkins/Zaun)
CS - Willie Harris (1, 2nd base by Gallardo/Zaun)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Josh Willingham 1
DP - Willingham-Guzman
E - Alberto Gonzalez (2, Throwing)
Washington Nationals
John Lannan 7722351 5.74
Brian Bruney (W,1-0) 1110000 10.38
Sean Burnett (H,3) 0.1000000 6.75
Matt Capps (S,5) 0.2000010 1.42
Pitches-Strikes - John Lannan 102-67, Brian Bruney 18-10, Sean Burnett 7-5, Matt Capps 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lannan 14-2, Brian Bruney 1-2, Sean Burnett 1-0
Batters Faced - John Lannan 31, Brian Bruney 4, Sean Burnett 1, Matt Capps 2
Game Information
Attendance - 17234
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Andy Fletcher