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Nats use three homers to drop Brewers

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MILWAUKEE -- Jordan Zimmermann's family and friends made the short trip from his hometown of Auburndale, Wis., and did what most fans do before games at Miller Park.

"They were out in the parking lot tailgating since 3 o'clock today, so I'm sure they're all feeling pretty good right now," Zimmermann said.

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That's because the Nationals right-hander pitched his first game against Milwaukee, riding three Washington home runs to a 4-1 victory over the Brewers on Saturday night.

"It was definitely awesome," said Zimmermann, who once pitched a Legion all-star game at Miller Park. "A dream come true to pitch in front of my family and friends, and everyone who came out to watch. I'm just glad I gave them a good showing.. I didn't want to go out there and have a terrible outing. I thought I threw the ball well and got some quick outs. They've got a pretty good lineup and I was able to do pretty well."

Zimmermann (8-6) struck out six and gave up five hits in six innings. The right-hander, who also played at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, has not allowed more than one earned run in each of his last seven starts.

Afterward, Washington manager Davey Johnson was asked if he noticed any nervousness or changes in Zimmermann's demeanor.

"Nope. He's always the same," Johnson said. "He's got great composure out there. He was throwing the heck out of the ball from the get-go."

Drew Storen and Sean Burnett each threw an inning of relief and Tyler Clippardpitched the ninth for his 19th save.

Washington center fielder Bryce Harper was a late scratch because of a stomach virus and was replaced by Corey Brown.

Brown led off the fourth by homering to left field, his first career hit giving the Nationals a 1-0 lead. It was the start of a six-hit inning off Milwaukee starter Randy Wolf (3-7).

With one out, Michael Morse singled and took second on a balk, but was easily thrown out at home by right fielder Norichika Aoki on Adam LaRoche's single. The next batter, Tyler Moore, hit his sixth homer to left for a 3-0 lead.

"It was one of those games where Zimmermann was on," Wolf said. "I would have had to have thrown a shutout [to give the team a chance to win]. Zimmermann is probably the most underrated pitcher. He has great numbers. I would have had to be near perfect just to get a no-decision."

Milwaukee's run came in the fifth on Rickie Weeks' 11th homer of the season.

Wolf gave up four earned runs on nine hits in seven innings, as the Brewers lost for the eighth time in nine games.

"It's a lack of the whole team getting together offensively and defensively," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "When you are not consistent in those two parts for a long time, it is hard to get on that winning streak. Sometimes we're pitching well and we are not scoring runs."

Notes

  • Johnson, who is now 100-83 with Washington, said Harper will "more than likely" play Sunday.
  • Brown was 0 for 10 entering the game. He was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse on Monday and played in his 11th game for the Nationals in the last two years.
  • Milwaukee backup catcher George Kottaras, who was designated for assignment on Thursday, could be traded to Oakland as soon as Sunday. Despite a rumor a deal was finalized Saturday afternoon, Brewers' general manager Doug Melvin said before the game that "nothing is finalized."
  • Weeks is 9 for 14 (.642) in his last 14 at-bats.
  • The Brewers are 4-11 against the NL East.
  • Johnson indicated infielder Chad Tracy might return Tuesday. He's been on the disabled list with a right groin tear since late May.
 
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The Nationals' Tyler Clippard records two strikeouts in a perfect ninth inning to earn his 19th save.  (Getty Images)
The Nationals' Tyler Clippard records two strikeouts in a perfect ninth inning to earn his 19th save. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

R. Weeks
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Washington

T. Moore
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Danny Espinosa, SS5010011 .249
Corey Brown, CF5111022 .083
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B3111111 .271
Michael Morse, RF-LF4010001 .299
Adam LaRoche, 1B4120010 .264
Tyler Moore, LF4122011 .301
    Sean Burnett, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Clippard, P0000000 .000
Jesus Flores, C4010011 .229
Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B4020001 .264
Jordan Zimmermann, P2000012 .205
   a- Mark DeRosa, PH1000000 .161
    Drew Storen, P0000000 .000
    Roger Bernadina, RF1000000 .284
Totals37411418  
a-flied out for Zimmermann in the 7th
Batting
HR - Corey Brown (1, Wolf), Ryan Zimmerman (15, Wolf), Tyler Moore (6, Wolf)
RBI - Corey Brown (2), Ryan Zimmerman (55), Tyler Moore 2 (15)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (22), Tyler Moore 2 (2)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Zimmerman-Lombardozzi-LaRoche
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jordan Zimmermann (W,8-6) 6511160 2.28
Drew Storen (H,3) 1000010 4.91
Sean Burnett (H,23) 1100000 2.08
Tyler Clippard (S,19) 1000020 2.91
HBP - Weeks (by Drew Storen)
Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Zimmermann 93-69, Drew Storen 12-8, Sean Burnett 11-5, Tyler Clippard 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Zimmermann 7-4, Drew Storen 1-1, Sean Burnett 2-1
Batters Faced - Jordan Zimmermann 23, Drew Storen 4, Sean Burnett 4, Tyler Clippard 3
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF4010000 .280
Carlos Gomez, CF3000010 .244
Ryan Braun, LF4010022 .313
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4110001 .286
Corey Hart, 1B4000021 .260
Rickie Weeks, 2B3021000 .209
Martin Maldonado, C3000111 .272
Cody Ransom, SS3000022 .205
Randy Wolf, P2010010 .156
   a- Jonathan Lucroy, PH1000001 .336
    Jim Henderson, P0000000 .000
    Kameron Loe, P0000000 .000
Totals3116119  
a-lined out for Wolf in the 7th
Batting
2B - Aramis Ramirez (35, Zimmermann), Rickie Weeks (20, Zimmermann)
SH - Carlos Gomez (4)
RBI - Rickie Weeks (35)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Norichika Aoki 1
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Randy Wolf (L,3-7) 7944163 5.45
Jim Henderson 1100020 0.00
Kameron Loe 1100000 3.77
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 105-74, Jim Henderson 17-10, Kameron Loe 6-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 10-4, Jim Henderson 1-0, Kameron Loe 3-0
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 30, Jim Henderson 4, Kameron Loe 4
Game Information
Attendance - 41890
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Paul Schrieber