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Morse ties it then wins it for Nats

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MILWAUKEE -- Michael Morse and the Washington Nationals took advantage of Milwaukee's beleaguered bullpen.

Morse hit a tying, two-run homer in the ninth inning, then delivered a two-run double in the 11th that sent the Nationals over the Brewers 11-10 on Sunday.

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"It's crazy because you never know what this game has in store until the last out," Morse said. "We fought and kept fighting and they kept fighting, too. It was a great game."

Bryce Harper drew a leadoff walk from Jose Veras (3-4) in the 11th and Ryan Zimmerman singled. One out later, Morse doubled down the left-field line for an 11-9 lead.

Morse's homer with one out in the ninth off John Axford made it 9-all. The opposite-field shot barely made it over the wall in right.

"It seemed like it was a boxing match," Morse said. "It kept going back and forth, back and forth. We just hung in there and came through on top."

The NL East-leading Nationals rallied for four runs in the eighth to tie it at 7.

The Brewers have lost nine of 10. Milwaukee's duo of Francisco Rodriguez and Axford each allowed three runs in failing to protect another late lead.

"It's just the way it's going with the bullpen," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said.

Craig Stammen (4-1) pitched 2 1/3 hitless innings for the victory.

Tyler Clippard allowed a solo home run to Corey Hart to open the bottom of the 11th, but earned his 20th save in 22 chances.

Washington reliever Ryan Mattheus gave up four runs in just 1 2/3 innings, including home runs to Rickie Weeks, Norichika Aoki and Carlos Gomez. He was grateful for Morse's heroics.

"I felt like I really let the team down there today," Mattheus said. "It was a huge weight lifted off my shoulders when he came through and got a big hit. It doesn't make what I did OK, but he picked me up and really came through in the clutch."

Milwaukee opened a 7-3 lead on Weeks' 11th home run of the year in the seventh, but Rodriguez gave up three runs in the eighth and was removed for Axford. Corey Brown then scored the tying run on a wild pitch in the dirt from Axford that went to the backstop.

Aoki and Gomez hit back to back solo home runs in the bottom of the eighth to give the Brewers a 9-7 lead.

Axford struck out Zimmerman to open the ninth. He then walked Mark DeRosa before giving up the home run to Morse, his eighth of the year.

Milwaukee starter Mark Rogers, starting in place of Zack Greinke, pitched 5 2/3 solid innings in his first major league appearance since 2010. The right-hander was the fifth pick in the June 2004 free agent draft, but had pitched only 10 innings in the majors before replacing Greinke in the Brewers' rotation.

Rogers gave up a home run to Steve Lombardozzi to lead off the game, but settled in to keep the Nationals off-balance. He gave up two runs on six hits and struck out seven.

The Brewers managed only five hits in six innings off Washington starter Gio Gonzalez, but took advantage of the All-Star's wildness. Two batters who walked and another who was hit by a pitch scored, and the Brewers also scored on a bases-loaded walk.

A play in the sixth inning resulted in three of the four umpires involved in separate arguments at the same time.

The Brewers led 3-2 and had the bases loaded with one out when Aoki laid down a squeeze bunt. Gonzalez made a quick, off-target throw to first that forced Lombardozzi to stretch into foul territory and make the catch while Milwaukee's Jonathan Lucroy easily scored from third.

First base umpire Tim Welke ruled Aoki safe, and Lombardozzi immediately began to argue while holding the ball in his glove. Seeing the argument, Cody Ransom then sprinted home. Home plate umpire Mike Estabrook, however, ruled time had been called and sent Ransom back to third.

Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke came out and argued with Estabrook that time had not been called. Washington manager Davey Johnson and Lombardozzi were arguing with Welke at first at the same time while Ransom was complaining to third base umpire Laz Diaz.

Paul Schrieber at second base was the only umpire not in an argument.

Notes

  • Greinke was traded to the Los Angeles Angels on Friday and made his first start for his new team on Sunday.
  • Washington 1B Adam LaRoche was removed from the game in the fourth inning due to tightness in his back. He is day to day and Johnson said he thought LaRoche would be available for the team's next game.
  • Before the game, the Brewers traded C George Kottaras to the Oakland Athletics for RHP Fautino De Los Santos. He was optioned to Triple-A Nashville. The Brewers also optioned RHP Tyler Thornburg to Nashville after the game.
  • Aramis Ramirez was held out of Milwaukee's starting lineup to rest his sore left wrist. He pinch hit in the sixth and was intentionally walked.
  • Harper returned to the lineup after missing Saturday's game with a stomach virus.
  • Before the game, Washington unconditionally released OF-1B Xavier Nady.
 
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Players of the Game
Milwaukee

C. Hart
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 1
RBI 1
Washington

M. Morse
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B5132001 .270
    Craig Stammen, P1000010 .000
    Tyler Clippard, P0000000 .000
Bryce Harper, RF4100222 .261
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B6220010 .272
Adam LaRoche, 1B2010000 .265
    Tyler Moore, 1B2011001 .305
    Ryan Mattheus, P0000000 .000
    Mark DeRosa, 2B1100112 .158
Michael Morse, LF-1B4224111 .303
Danny Espinosa, SS6010044 .248
Roger Bernadina, CF4112212 .283
Jesus Flores, C6110025 .227
Gio Gonzalez, P2010000 .108
   a- Corey Brown, PH-LF4220003 .188
Totals4711159613  
a-singled for G. Gonzalez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ryan Zimmerman (22, Rogers), Tyler Moore (5, Rogers), Michael Morse (10, Veras), Corey Brown (1, Axford)
HR - Stephen Lombardozzi (2, Rogers), Michael Morse (8, Axford), Roger Bernadina (3, Rodriguez)
RBI - Stephen Lombardozzi 2 (20), Tyler Moore (16), Michael Morse 4 (32), Roger Bernadina 2 (19)
SB - Danny Espinosa (16, 2nd base off Veras/Maldonado)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Michael Morse 1
E - Gio Gonzalez (2, Throwing)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gio Gonzalez 6554540 3.27
Ryan Mattheus 1.2544003 3.22
Craig Stammen (W,4-1) 2.1000140 2.17
Tyler Clippard (S,20) 1111111 3.04
IBB - Ramirez by Gio Gonzalez
HBP - Hart (by Gio Gonzalez), Aoki (by Gio Gonzalez)
Pitches-Strikes - Gio Gonzalez 98-57, Ryan Mattheus 32-22, Craig Stammen 30-19, Tyler Clippard 21-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gio Gonzalez 8-6, Ryan Mattheus 4-1, Craig Stammen 2-1, Tyler Clippard 1-1
Batters Faced - Gio Gonzalez 30, Ryan Mattheus 10, Craig Stammen 8, Tyler Clippard 5
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF4112010 .279
Carlos Gomez, CF5222001 .248
Ryan Braun, LF5100123 .309
    Kameron Loe, P0000000 .000
Corey Hart, 1B5341000 .267
Rickie Weeks, 2B4112220 .209
Jonathan Lucroy, C3121100 .342
    John Axford, P1000012 .000
    Jose Veras, P0000000 .000
    Nyjer Morgan, LF1000000 .227
Cody Ransom, 3B4111211 .206
Cesar Izturis, SS5000004 .212
Mark Rogers, P2000010 .000
    Jim Henderson, P0000000 .000
   a- Aramis Ramirez, PH0000100 .286
    Livan Hernandez, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
    Martin Maldonado, C2000010 .269
Totals411011979  
a-was walked intentionally for Henderson in the 6th
Batting
2B - Carlos Gomez (10, G. Gonzalez), Corey Hart (25, Mattheus)
HR - Norichika Aoki (6, Mattheus), Carlos Gomez (9, Mattheus), Corey Hart (19, Clippard), Rickie Weeks (11, Mattheus)
SF - Carlos Gomez (2)
SH - Norichika Aoki (7), Cesar Izturis (4)
RBI - Norichika Aoki 2 (23), Carlos Gomez 2 (28), Corey Hart (50), Rickie Weeks 2 (37), Jonathan Lucroy (31), Cody Ransom (34)
2-OUT RBI - Jonathan Lucroy (22), Cody Ransom (14)
SB - Corey Hart (4, 2nd base off G. Gonzalez/Flores)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Ransom-Hart
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mark Rogers 5.2622171 3.18
Jim Henderson (H,1) 0.1000000 0.00
Livan Hernandez (H,1) 1211100 4.80
Francisco Rodriguez 0.1233111 5.36
John Axford (BS,7) 1.2233121 5.11
Jose Veras (L,3-4) 1.1322220 5.02
Kameron Loe 0.2000010 3.72
HBP - Morse (by Mark Rogers)
WP - Francisco Rodriguez (6), John Axford (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Rogers 98-59, Jim Henderson 2-2, Livan Hernandez 21-11, Francisco Rodriguez 15-9, John Axford 33-20, Jose Veras 35-21, Kameron Loe 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Rogers 5-5, Jim Henderson 1-0, Livan Hernandez 1-1, John Axford 2-1
Batters Faced - Mark Rogers 25, Jim Henderson 1, Livan Hernandez 5, Francisco Rodriguez 4, John Axford 8, Jose Veras 9, Kameron Loe 2
Game Information
Attendance - 44663
Game Time - 4:24
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Mike Estabrook, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Laz Diaz