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Nationals win sixth straight game

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MILWAUKEE -- For the first time in 79 years, a Washington-based team is 20 games over .500.

And the Nationals say they have a lot more to accomplish.

Edwin Jackson pitched seven scoreless innings and Steve Lombardozzi hit a three-run triple in the Nationals' 8-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night.

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"We haven't done nothin'," Washington manager Davey Johnson said. "We're playing good ball. We're playing good on the road. Pitching staff has been great, offense has been good, defense outstanding. That's how you win ballgames."

The Nationals have won six consecutive games, matching a season-high, and improved to 59-39. The last time a District of Columbia team was 20 games over .500 was 1933, when the American League Senators finished 99-53 and lost the World Series in five games to the New York Giants.

"It's July," Ryan Zimmerman said. "If we have the best record in September or October then we can talk about it."

Milwaukee's seventh straight loss came on the day general manager Doug Melvin acknowledged he was working to trade ace Zack Greinke, effectively signaling that the Brewers are giving up hopes of reaching the postseason a year after advancing to the NL championship series.

"We just got down early and never could get the big hit," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said.

Jackson (6-6) scattered eight hits and a walk while striking out four.

"I made a couple of pitches when I needed to and had some defensive plays when I needed them," the right-hander said. "It was just a combination of both."

The Brewers were 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position against Jackson.

"Our guy was just spectacular," Johnson said. "A couple little jams and he pitched out of them. He's been pitching great all year."

The victory also allowed the Nationals to tie the New York Yankees for the best record in the major leagues.

"Those guys deserve it," Johnson said of the team's record. "They hung in there when times were really tough. Shoot, we've earned it."

Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo (8-8) put his team in a hole early, allowing the Nationals to score four runs in the second. The right-hander gave up seven runs on seven hits and two walks with six strikeouts in five innings.

"I just couldn't find my put-away pitch," Gallardo said.

Every Washington starter reached base except for Danny Espinosa, who went 0 for 4 in snapping his 11-game hitting streak.

Adam LaRoche homered for the third consecutive game, driving the first pitch of the second inning for his 19th home run of the year to make it 1-0.

With two outs, Roger Bernadina walked. Washington put on the hit-and-run and Jesus Flores hit a routine grounder to second, but Rickie Weeks had vacated his spot to cover second. The ball bounced into the outfield and Flores reached on a single to keep the inning alive.

Gallardo then walked Jackson to load the bases. Lombardozzi followed with a hard grounder past a diving Corey Hart at first that went down the right-field line for a triple and a 4-0 Washington lead.

The Nationals scored three more off Gallardo in the fifth. Jackson led off with a single and moved to third on a one-out single by Bryce Harper.

Zimmerman then hit an RBI single to score Jackson, and LaRoche's slow groundout to first scored Harper for a 6-0 lead.

Michael Morse hit an RBI single that drove in Zimmerman for a 7-0 lead and then added another single in the eighth that gave Washington an 8-0 lead.

Carlos Gomez hit a two-run home run, his eighth of the year, off reliever Henry Rodriguez in the eighth for Milwaukee.

Notes

  • Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy was reinstated from the 15-day DL and the contract of RHP Jeff Henderson was selected from Triple-A Nashville. To make room on the roster, C George Kottaras was designated for assignment and INF Jeff Bianchi was optioned to Nashville.
  • Washington had lost eight consecutive games at Miller Park, but it was the first game between the teams since May 2011.
 
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Edwin Jackson throws seven scoreless innings to earn the win and extend the Nationals' win streak to six.  (US Presswire)
Edwin Jackson throws seven scoreless innings to earn the win and extend the Nationals' win streak to six. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Washington

E. Jackson
IP 7.0
H 8
ER 0
BB 1
K 4
Milwaukee

C. Gomez
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B5013001 .260
Bryce Harper, RF5110021 .267
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4211120 .273
Adam LaRoche, 1B4122000 .261
Michael Morse, LF4022010 .299
Danny Espinosa, SS4000023 .252
Roger Bernadina, CF3100130 .289
Jesus Flores, C4110020 .228
Edwin Jackson, P2210100 .182
   a- Corey Brown, PH1000000 .000
    Henry Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
Totals36898312  
a-grounded out for Jackson in the 8th
Batting
3B - Stephen Lombardozzi (1, Gallardo)
HR - Adam LaRoche (19, Gallardo)
RBI - Stephen Lombardozzi 3 (18), Ryan Zimmerman (54), Adam LaRoche 2 (61), Michael Morse 2 (28)
2-OUT RBI - Stephen Lombardozzi 3 (13), Michael Morse 2 (13)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Danny Espinosa (6, Throwing)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Edwin Jackson (W,6-6) 7800140 3.52
Henry Rodriguez 1122001 5.67
Mike Gonzalez 1000120 2.45
HBP - Weeks (by Henry Rodriguez)
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 105-68, Henry Rodriguez 14-7, Mike Gonzalez 23-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 8-9, Henry Rodriguez 1-2
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 30, Henry Rodriguez 5, Mike Gonzalez 4
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF4000101 .277
Nyjer Morgan, CF-LF5010002 .228
Ryan Braun, LF4000013 .314
    Kameron Loe, P0000000 .000
   a- Travis Ishikawa, PH1000011 .247
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3020000 .281
    Cody Ransom, 3B1000000 .211
Corey Hart, 1B3010110 .263
Rickie Weeks, 2B3110003 .201
Jonathan Lucroy, C3010004 .345
    Tyler Thornburg, P0000000 .250
    Carlos Gomez, CF1112000 .247
Cesar Izturis, SS4000014 .220
Yovani Gallardo, P2010010 .095
    Jim Henderson, P0000000 .000
    Martin Maldonado, C2010010 .277
Totals3629226  
a-struck out for Loe in the 9th
Batting
2B - Aramis Ramirez (33, Jackson), Rickie Weeks (18, Jackson), Yovani Gallardo (2, Jackson)
HR - Carlos Gomez (8, Rodriguez)
RBI - Carlos Gomez 2 (25)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Gomez 2 (13)
Team LOB - 10
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yovani Gallardo (L,8-8) 5777261 4.07
Jim Henderson 1000010 0.00
Tyler Thornburg 1211120 5.79
Kameron Loe 2000030 3.86
Pitches-Strikes - Yovani Gallardo 99-61, Jim Henderson 9-7, Tyler Thornburg 25-15, Kameron Loe 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yovani Gallardo 7-2, Jim Henderson 1-1, Tyler Thornburg 1-0, Kameron Loe 3-0
Batters Faced - Yovani Gallardo 24, Jim Henderson 3, Tyler Thornburg 6, Kameron Loe 6
Game Information
Attendance - 33176
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Mike Estabrook