Washington at Milwaukee

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Brewers 8, Nationals 3

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MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers have been able to set aside any off-field uncertainty and put together one of their best stretches of baseball in months.

Casey McGehee and Rickie Weeks homered and the Brewers scored five unearned runs off starter Ross Detwiler in beating the Washington Nationals 8-3 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

Milwaukee (47-53) is 10-4 in the last 14 games and haven't been this close to .500 since May 15 heading into a three-game series beginning Monday night with the Cincinnati Reds. They've managed that while several of the Brewers' stars have been mentioned in trade rumors with the deadline approaching later this week.

"Everybody's been feeling pretty good about coming to the ballpark every day and getting a chance to win except for three games since the All-Star break when our pitching broke down," Brewers manager Ken Macha said.

The home runs have helped. The Brewers have been buoyed by their power surge with at least one homer in 14 consecutive games and 25 over the span.

"Any time you can sweep a team no matter who it is is obviously big and we're going to have to do some more of that if we want to make things interesting," McGehee said.

Washington leads the majors with 80 errors and the Brewers made sure both Sunday were costly in their fourth straight win.

Milwaukee took a 2-0 lead on Jonathan Lucroy's RBI single and a wild pitch by Detwiler (0-1) after third baseman Willie Harris misplayed a grounder.

In the fourth, shortstop Ian Desmond bobbled Dave Bush's two-out roller and threw it away, allowing Lucroy to score. Weeks chased Detwiler with his two-run homer that made it 5-0.

"We did not have a good day defensively," Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said. "Going back to the series or two before the All-Star break and up to the current time, we had played better defense, but we certainly didn't get it done today, didn't make it easy for Detwiler and made him throw a lot more pitches."

McGehee's three-run homer in the seventh off Joel Peralta gave the Brewers an 8-3 lead after Peralta intentionally walked Prince Fielder. Fielder came in hitting .178 with runners in scoring position while McGehee improved his average in those spots to .320.

"I'm just trying to control the things I can control and not get so wrapped up in the results of what's going to happen," McGehee said.

Weeks, who was hit in the head by Collin Balester's fastball on Saturday night, remains on pace to become the second hitter in major league history to have a 100 RBI season from the leadoff spot when he drove in his 64th run in the fourth.

It was McGehee's first homer since July 1 and first multi-RBI game since June 22.

"Some days I feel really good, and some days I feel like I don't know which end of the bat to hold," McGehee said.

Bush (5-8) looked much sharper against Washington than in his last start when he allowed a career-worst 10 runs -- five unearned -- in a sloppy loss at Pittsburgh. He retired 13 of 14 Nationals at one point, working around an error by Weeks, before running into trouble in the sixth.

Leading 5-0, Bush allowed a sacrifice fly to Josh Willingham and a two-out, run-scoring single to Adam Dunn. After a double by Alberto Gonzalez put runners on second and third, Ivan Rodriguez flied out to the warning track to end the inning. Bush pitched to one batter in the seventh, leaving after Adam Kennedy's single.

Kennedy later scored on Nyjer Morgan's single off Kameron Loe to make it 5-3, but McGehee answered in the bottom of the inning.

Detwiler didn't allow an earned run, but didn't make it out of the fourth in his first start since right hip surgery in February.

In the first inning, he walked two to load the bases after the error by Harris, who was starting there because Ryan Zimmerman got a day off.

Lucroy's single and Detwiler's wild pitch that Rodriguez tried to backhand gave Milwaukee a 2-0 lead. Detwiler settled down, retiring seven in a row before Lucroy's single started the fourth that he never finished.

Notes

The Nationals have a day off on Monday before rookie Stephen Strasburg (5-2, 2.32 ERA) faces Braves ace Tommy Hanson (8-6, 4.12) on Tuesday night to start a six-game homestand. ... Milwaukee has won six straight at Miller Park. ... Brewers OF Jody Gerut (left heel) will begin his rehab assignment Sunday night for the Brewers' rookie team in Arizona. He's been on the disabled list since May 27. ... Darin Erstad had 100 RBI in the leadoff spot in 2000 with the Angels.

 
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Players of the Game
Milwaukee

C. McGehee
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Washington

A. Dunn
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nyjer Morgan, CF5121011 .260
Willie Harris, 3B4000021 .188
Josh Willingham, LF3011000 .273
Adam Dunn, 1B4021021 .281
Roger Bernadina, RF2000010 .270
    Miguel Batista, P0000000 .250
   a- Alberto Gonzalez, PH1010000 .301
    Joel Peralta, P0000000 .000
   b- Cristian Guzman, PH1000001 .287
    Matt Capps, P0000000 .000
Ivan Rodriguez, C4000003 .267
Adam Kennedy, 2B4120010 .258
Ian Desmond, SS4000023 .247
Ross Detwiler, P1000000 .000
    Michael Morse, RF3110012 .349
Totals36393010  
a-doubled for Batista in the 6th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Peralta in the 8th
Batting
2B - Josh Willingham (15, Bush), Alberto Gonzalez (6, Bush)
SF - Josh Willingham (4)
RBI - Nyjer Morgan (20), Josh Willingham (50), Adam Dunn (63)
2-OUT RBI - Nyjer Morgan (10), Adam Dunn (13)
SB - Nyjer Morgan (25, 2nd base off Loe/Lucroy), Adam Kennedy (11, 2nd base off Bush/Lucroy)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Ian Desmond (23, Throwing), Willie Harris (1, Misplayed grounder)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ross Detwiler (L,0-1) 3.2350341 0.00
Miguel Batista 1.1100000 4.50
Joel Peralta 2333111 2.16
Matt Capps 1000010 2.86
IBB - Gomez by Ross Detwiler, Fielder by Joel Peralta
WP - Ross Detwiler (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Ross Detwiler 86-52, Miguel Batista 19-12, Joel Peralta 37-22, Matt Capps 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ross Detwiler 5-4, Miguel Batista 2-2, Matt Capps 2-0
Batters Faced - Ross Detwiler 19, Miguel Batista 5, Joel Peralta 10, Matt Capps 3
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rickie Weeks, 2B5112031 .274
Alcides Escobar, SS4210000 .252
Ryan Braun, LF4000002 .280
Prince Fielder, 1B2200200 .262
Casey McGehee, 3B3123100 .273
Jonathan Lucroy, C4121001 .293
Carlos Gomez, CF3000121 .237
Joe Inglett, RF4000014 .293
Dave Bush, P3110000 .133
    Kameron Loe, P0000000 .000
   a- Jim Edmonds, PH1000000 .286
    Trevor Hoffman, P0000000 .000
Totals3387646  
a-grounded out for Loe in the 8th
Batting
2B - Casey McGehee (22, Batista)
3B - Alcides Escobar (7, Peralta)
HR - Rickie Weeks (20, Detwiler), Casey McGehee (14, Peralta)
RBI - Rickie Weeks 2 (64), Casey McGehee 3 (58), Jonathan Lucroy (9)
2-OUT RBI - Rickie Weeks 2 (27), Jonathan Lucroy (4)
SB - Jonathan Lucroy (3, 2nd base off Detwiler/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Kameron Loe (1, Throwing), Rickie Weeks (9, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dave Bush (W,5-8) 6632070 4.27
Kameron Loe (H,11) 2200010 1.44
Trevor Hoffman 1100020 7.03
Pitches-Strikes - Dave Bush 90-60, Kameron Loe 37-22, Trevor Hoffman 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dave Bush 4-8, Kameron Loe 5-0
Batters Faced - Dave Bush 25, Kameron Loe 8, Trevor Hoffman 4
Game Information
Attendance - 42414
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Victor Carapazza