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Washington at Milwaukee

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Brewers 7, Nationals 6

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MILWAUKEE -- Jonathan Lucroy says he will never be able to hit like Ryan Braun. With Braun long gone after being ejected, Lucroy's bat was all the Brewers needed.

The second-year catcher hit a two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning and Brandon Boggs collided into catcher Wilson Ramos to score the go-ahead run, rallying Milwaukee over the Washington Nationals 7-6 on Tuesday night.

"I'm never going to be a Ryan Braun or anybody like that, but I feel like I compete a lot better in the box than I did last year," Lucroy said. "I'm really trying to do that this year."

Milwaukee has won 12 of its last 15 overall and has its longest winning streak in the 11-year history of Miller Park at eight games, though this one certainly didn't come easily.

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"It was a game it didn't look like we should've won, but we just continued to fight, continued to play hard," said Braun, tossed in the third for arguing a play at first. "Everybody's contributing. When you do that, you're going to win a lot of games."

Corey Hart homered again a night after smacking three, Lucroy hit another and Rickie Weeks added a two-run shot in the seventh to set up Lucroy's big hit.

"I don't see many second-year guys doing what he's doing," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "I think he's relaxed and confident offensively, and I think that's why he's doing so well."

Lucroy singled down the right-field line in the eighth, and while the throw home came in plenty of time, the ball deflected off Ramos' glove just before Boggs barreled into him and across the plate.

"I saw he dropped it a couple of steps before I got to him. I kind of eased up a little bit," Boggs said. "I didn't lower the shoulder, so we're good."

Brewers reliever Mike McClendon (2-0) picked up the win with two scoreless innings and John Axford converted his 10th straight save to give him 13 for the season after another shaky outing when it appeared he had struck out the side.

Axford fanned the first two and got a third against Ian Desmond, but the ball squirted away from Lucroy and Desmond reached on the wild pitch. Jayson Werth singled and Axford walked Ramos to load the bases.

Michael Morse, who hit his first grand slam earlier in the game, popped out to right field to end it.

"I want to definitely be well-rounded in all parts of my game," said Lucroy, who wasn't happy he let Axford's third strikeout get by him.

The Nationals have lost six of seven on this road trip, but appeared to be in control after taking a 6-2 lead in the fourth. Starter Livan Hernandez hit a run-scoring single in the second, Morse hit his slam in the third and Desmond doubled in another run in the fourth that chased Brewers starter Chris Narveson.

Hernandez was in line to snap a four-game losing streak after departing with a 6-3 lead. Instead, the Nationals normally steady bullpen imploded in a big way.

Tyler Clippard allowed a two-run homer to Weeks before getting out of the seventh. In the eighth, Sean Burnett forced Prince Fielder to ground out before leaving for Henry Rodriguez.

Rodriguez (1-1) allowed a single to Casey McGehee and struck out Mark Kotsay for the second out. After Boggs walked, Lucroy hit his flare down the right-field line setting up the play at the plate.

"We had a great relay. When the ball is coming into the catcher and the runner is coming there at the same time and it is on a hop and you are trying to field it, sense where the runner is and everything, he was out if we were able to the hold the ball," Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said. "Every loss is a loss. It stings, but they all sting."

It is the Brewers' longest winning streak at home since an eight-game run in 1995 at County Stadium. Milwaukee is three games over .500 for the first time in two years bolstered by its NL-best 18-6 mark at home.

"We've played some good games here," Roenicke said. "I don't want to say that this one was the best, but this was a great ballgame; to be down early like that, to come back offensively, to put together a lot of good at-bats."

Braun was ejected after slamming his helmet in frustration. Braun believed he had beat out an infield single, but first base umpire Adrian Johnson called him out. Braun's reaction immediately got him tossed.

The snap decision also cost him his career-high 13-game hitting streak. Milwaukee had plenty of offense without him.

Hart hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat and Lucroy added a solo shot in the fourth to set up Milwaukee's rally.

"It's far more nerve-racking than when you get to play," Braun said. "I was kind of nervous in the ninth inning, but good win, a great win for us."

Notes

It was Braun's second career ejection. ... Nationals OF Rick Ankiel was reinstated from the 15-day DL after a sore right wrist kept him out of the last 19 games. He entered the game in the fifth. ... Brewers LHP Zach Braddock (sleep disorder) says he's throwing on the side and should be scheduled soon for a rehab appearance. He cracked his middle fingernail earlier this week. ... Brewers OF Nyjer Morgan (broken finger) posted on Twitter that he went 1 for 3 with a homer, two RBIs and four walks in an extended spring training game. He's expected to rejoin the team on Friday.

 
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Jonathan Lucroy's two-run single in the eighth inning powers Milwaukee to a 7-6 win over the Nationals. (AP)
Jonathan Lucroy's two-run single in the eighth inning powers Milwaukee to a 7-6 win over the Nationals. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

J. Lucroy
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Washington

M. Morse
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
 
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Roger Bernadina, CF-LF5100013 .246
Ian Desmond, SS5121020 .235
Jayson Werth, RF3120111 .247
Wilson Ramos, C3100213 .255
Michael Morse, 1B5234003 .282
Danny Espinosa, 2B4010011 .205
Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B4010003 .248
    Henry Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Brian Bixler, LF2000022 .118
    Rick Ankiel, CF2000001 .217
Livan Hernandez, P3021000 .222
    Tyler Clippard, P0000000 .000
    Sean Burnett, P0000000 .000
    Alex Cora, 3B0000000 .240
   a- Laynce Nix, PH1000010 .305
Totals37611639  
a-struck out for Cora in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ian Desmond (11, Narveson), Jayson Werth (11, Narveson), Michael Morse (4, Narveson)
HR - Michael Morse (4, Narveson)
RBI - Ian Desmond (16), Michael Morse 4 (16), Livan Hernandez (3)
2-OUT RBI - Livan Hernandez (1)
SB - Roger Bernadina (5, 3rd base off Narveson/Lucroy), Ian Desmond (15, 2nd base off Narveson/Lucroy)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Espinosa-Desmond-Morse
E - Danny Espinosa (4, Dropped fly)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Livan Hernandez 6533142 3.71
Tyler Clippard (H,10) 1122111 2.28
Sean Burnett (H,5) 0.1000000 5.60
Henry Rodriguez (BS,1; L,1-1) 0.2222120 2.53
HBP - Fielder (by Livan Hernandez)
WP - Livan Hernandez (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 102-61, Tyler Clippard 22-12, Sean Burnett 2-2, Henry Rodriguez 27-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 6-8, Sean Burnett 1-0
Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 25, Tyler Clippard 5, Sean Burnett 1, Henry Rodriguez 5
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rickie Weeks, 2B3212111 .289
Corey Hart, RF4122001 .274
Ryan Braun, LF2000010 .299
    Carlos Gomez, CF2000021 .222
Prince Fielder, 1B3000012 .277
Casey McGehee, 3B4120001 .261
Mark Kotsay, CF-LF4000013 .244
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS3000001 .227
    Mike McClendon, P0000000 .000
   a- Brandon Boggs, PH0100100 .158
    John Axford, P0000000 .000
Jonathan Lucroy, C4123000 .333
Chris Narveson, P1010000 .111
    Sergio Mitre, P1000000 .000
    Craig Counsell, SS1100111 .220
Totals3278737  
a-walked for McClendon in the 8th
Batting
HR - Rickie Weeks (8, Clippard), Corey Hart (4, Hernandez), Jonathan Lucroy (5, Hernandez)
RBI - Rickie Weeks 2 (16), Corey Hart 2 (10), Jonathan Lucroy 3 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Jonathan Lucroy 3 (12)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Carlos Gomez 1
DP - Betancourt-Weeks-Fielder, Weeks-Fielder
E - Jonathan Lucroy (2, Throwing)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Narveson 3.1866231 4.20
Sergio Mitre 2.2100020 1.71
Mike McClendon (W,2-0) 2100010 3.38
John Axford (S,13) 1100130 4.03
HBP - Werth (by Mike McClendon)
WP - John Axford (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Narveson 82-50, Sergio Mitre 40-29, Mike McClendon 23-14, John Axford 22-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Narveson 3-4, Sergio Mitre 3-2, Mike McClendon 3-1
Batters Faced - Chris Narveson 20, Sergio Mitre 8, Mike McClendon 7, John Axford 6
Game Information
Attendance - 24722
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Tim Welke