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Brewers top Nats, still in race

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Washington -- The Milwaukee Brewers have little margin for error with a week and a half left in the regular season. On Sunday, a lot of hits kept them close in the playoff scramble.

Jonathan Lucroy had a pair of RBI singles and Milwaukee collected 15 hits to beat the Washington Nationals 6-2.

Rickie Weeks had three hits while Aramis Ramirez had two doubles for Milwaukee, which twice benefited from outfielders losing fly balls in the sun. The Brewers (79-73) remained 2 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the final NL wild-card berth.

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"They're all crucial," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "We know that, but you've just got to go out and play. I thought that we played a good game today."

Milwaukee have won 25 of its last 32 games.

Washington leads the NL East by 4 1/2 games over Atlanta. The Nationals' magic number to clinch the division remains at six.

Reliever Brandon Kintzler (3-0) pitched a scoreless sixth inning, striking out Kurt Suzuki with the bases loaded. John Axford recorded the final out with two runners on for his 33rd save.

"It's fun. All these games are fun to watch from back there," Kintzler said of the bullpen. "Then suddenly you're in the ballgame. It's intense. It's something I've been thinking about the whole year, hoping I'd be a part of."

Ryan Mattheus (5-3) allowed three earned runs on four hits.

"I don't think we're fun to face right now, as exciting as we've been," said Corey Hart, who scored twice.

Milwaukee broke a 2-all tie in the seventh. Weeks singled and Ryan Braun grounded into a forceout. Ramirez doubled to right, putting runners on second and third.

After Hart was walked intentionally, Lucroy hit a grounder up the middle. Shortstop Ian Desmond made a diving stop, but couldn't make the play at second and the Brewers led 3-2 with the bases still loaded.

The next batter, Carlos Gomez, hit a fly ball to right that was playable, but Jayson Werth lost it in the sun. Gomez wound with an RBI single and another run scored on Jean Segura's groundout.

"It's a tough sun. There's no doubt about it," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said.

The Brewers added a run in the eighth on Braun's sacrifice fly.

Milwaukee took a 2-0 lead in the fourth. Braun led off with a fly ball to straightaway center and when Bryce Harper lost the ball in the sun, it dropped in and Braun ended up on second with a double. The next batter, Ramirez, hit a fly that Harper had trouble with, but caught.

"You can't catch what you can't see. Nothing you can do about it. The sun monster got me," Harper said.

"When it's right down the middle of the sun it's kind of hard. So you try to go left or right, try to get below it. Tried to get below the first one, got below the second one and caught it."

Washington starter Chien-Ming Wang, making his first start since June 19, went four innings and gave up two runs on eight hits while striking out two.

Wang was starting because Tuesday's rainout and Wednesday's doubleheader meant Sunday's scheduled starter, Jordan Zimmermann, would have been working on three days' rest. Johnson chose to push Zimmerman back a day.

Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo entered the game having won his last eight decisions. He went five innings, allowing two earned runs and six hits. He walked two and struck out five.

"It was tough all around. They have pretty good hitters," Gallardo said. "They made me work a lot for sure, fouled off some pretty good pitches."

The Brewers have won Gallardo's last 11 starts.

"Yo battled, his command at times was really good, but overall he was a little off today," Roenicke said. "He certainly did a good job of keeping us in the ballgame."

Twice in the first three innings, the Nationals had runners on first and third with one out against Gallardo and didn't score.

Notes

  • Gomez jammed his quadriceps Saturday trying to beat out a grounder and was already playing with a bruised foot. He pinch hit in the sixth and stayed in the game.
  • The Brewers will start Marco Estrada (4-6) in Monday afternoon's series finale. Jordan Zimmermann (11-8) pitches for Washington.
  • Milwaukee's Norichika Aoki saw his hitting streak ended at 12 games.
  • Ramirez leads the NL with 49 doubles.
 
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Ryan Braun and the Brewers simply won't go away, as they continue to close on the Cardinals in the wild-card race.  (US Presswire)
Ryan Braun and the Brewers simply won't go away, as they continue to close on the Cardinals in the wild-card race. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

J. Lucroy
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Milwaukee

R. Weeks
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF5100002 .290
Rickie Weeks, 2B5030020 .233
Ryan Braun, LF3221101 .317
    Nyjer Morgan, LF0000000 .243
Aramis Ramirez, 3B5120003 .299
Corey Hart, 1B3210203 .277
    Taylor Green, 1B0000000 .194
Jonathan Lucroy, C5022013 .325
Logan Schafer, CF2021000 .417
   a- Carlos Gomez, PH-CF3021000 .254
Jean Segura, SS5001011 .256
Yovani Gallardo, P2010002 .167
   b- Yorvit Torrealba, PH0000100 .229
    Brandon Kintzler, P0000000 .000
   c- Travis Ishikawa, PH1000012 .252
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
    Jim Henderson, P0000000 .000
   d- Jeff Bianchi, PH1000011 .183
    Jose Veras, P0000000 .000
    John Axford, P0000000 .000
Totals40615646  
a-grounded out for Schafer in the 6th
b-walked for Gallardo in the 6th
c-struck out for Kintzler in the 7th
d-struck out for Henderson in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Braun (33, Wang), Aramis Ramirez 2 (49, Stammen, Mattheus), Logan Schafer (1, Wang), Carlos Gomez (17, Burnett)
SF - Ryan Braun (5)
RBI - Ryan Braun (108), Jonathan Lucroy 2 (55), Logan Schafer (4), Carlos Gomez (48), Jean Segura (12)
SB - Aramis Ramirez (8, 2nd base off Wang/Suzuki)
CS - Logan Schafer (1, 2nd base by Wang/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Hart, Segura-Weeks-Hart, Segura-Weeks-Hart
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yovani Gallardo 5622250 3.59
Brandon Kintzler (W,3-0) 1100210 2.61
Francisco Rodriguez (H,29) 1000020 4.64
Jim Henderson 1000020 3.24
Jose Veras 0.2000210 3.76
John Axford (S,33) 0.1000000 4.66
IBB - Espinosa by Brandon Kintzler
Pitches-Strikes - Yovani Gallardo 98-59, Brandon Kintzler 23-13, Francisco Rodriguez 10-9, Jim Henderson 17-14, Jose Veras 17-8, John Axford 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yovani Gallardo 4-3, Brandon Kintzler 1-1, Francisco Rodriguez 1-0, Jim Henderson 1-0
Batters Faced - Yovani Gallardo 20, Brandon Kintzler 6, Francisco Rodriguez 3, Jim Henderson 3, Jose Veras 4, John Axford 1
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jayson Werth, RF4011012 .303
Bryce Harper, CF4000022 .258
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B3000110 .283
Adam LaRoche, 1B4010021 .271
Michael Morse, LF3000122 .288
    Sean Burnett, P0000000 .000
Ian Desmond, SS2120200 .301
Danny Espinosa, 2B2110102 .252
    Ryan Mattheus, P0000000 .000
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
    Roger Bernadina, LF1000001 .294
Kurt Suzuki, C4000036 .224
Chien-Ming Wang, P1010000 .200
    Craig Stammen, P0000000 .000
   a- Chad Tracy, PH1011000 .289
    Eury Perez, PR0000000 .000
    Zach Duke, P0000000 .000
    Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B1000100 .277
Totals30272611  
a-singled for Stammen in the 5th
Batting
2B - Adam LaRoche (32, Gallardo), Ian Desmond (32, Kintzler), Danny Espinosa (36, Gallardo), Chien-Ming Wang (1, Gallardo)
SF - Jayson Werth (1)
RBI - Jayson Werth (27), Chad Tracy (14)
SB - Ian Desmond (19, 2nd base off Veras/Lucroy)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - LaRoche-Desmond-Wang
E - Bryce Harper (7, Misplayed grounder), Stephen Lombardozzi (4, Misplayed grounder)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chien-Ming Wang 4822020 6.60
Craig Stammen 1100210 2.35
Zach Duke 1000100 1.17
Ryan Mattheus (L,5-3) 1433110 2.89
Mike Gonzalez 1110000 2.43
Sean Burnett 1100020 2.50
IBB - Hart by Ryan Mattheus
Pitches-Strikes - Chien-Ming Wang 69-47, Craig Stammen 29-14, Zach Duke 13-8, Ryan Mattheus 21-13, Mike Gonzalez 18-10, Sean Burnett 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chien-Ming Wang 7-1, Zach Duke 1-2, Ryan Mattheus 2-0, Mike Gonzalez 1-3, Sean Burnett 1-0
Batters Faced - Chien-Ming Wang 18, Craig Stammen 6, Zach Duke 4, Ryan Mattheus 8, Mike Gonzalez 5, Sean Burnett 4
Game Information
Attendance - 33111
Game Time - 3:42
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn