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Zimmerman's home run in 16th sends Nationals past Brewers

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MILWAUKEE -- The Washington Nationals were about out of pitchers, and first baseman Adam LaRoche was told he would take the mound next in an emergency situation.

Ryan Zimmerman made sure LaRoche didn't have to pitch by hitting a two-run home run in the 16th inning to lift the Nationals to a 4-2 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.

Washington manager Matt Williams told LaRoche to get ready to pitch the bottom of the 16th had the game remained tied.

"I'd rather not see that and go home any day of the week, but I'm sure Rochey is mad at me for hitting the home run," Zimmerman said. "I guess I'll have to see it maybe another time."

Zimmerman hit a 2-0 pitch off Mike Fiers (0-1) over the wall in left field for the Nationals fourth consecutive victory.

"I've had a rough past two weeks or so, but I kept grinding it out," said Zimmerman, who was in an 8-for-53 slump coming into the game. "I got myself into a good count and put a good swing on the pitch."

LaRoche last pitched in a minor-league game in 2003 and would have had a tough time matching the team's bullpen, which threw 10 scoreless innings against the Brewers. Tyler Clippard (5-2) pitched the 15th for the victory.

Rafael Soriano capped the bullpen's excellent work by pitching the 16th for his 18th save.

"It's not the ideal situation, we've been pretty taxed down there," Clippard said. "But you know what? We wanted this win and we stepped up tonight."

With one out in the 16th, LaRoche hit a sharp single that bounced off the wall in right field on one hop. Zimmerman then hit his third home run of the year to give the Nationals the lead in a game that took 5 hours, 22 minutes.

"We'd been scratching and clawing and trying to get a run across," Williams said. "We had some opportunities but that is a big swing for us right there."

The Brewers threatened in the 13th, 14th and 15th innings.

"We had some chances today and we just had some bad at-bats," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said.

Lyle Overbay was stranded on third base in the 13th when Carlos Gomez hit a soft liner to shortstop to end the inning.

In the 14th, Denard Span kept the Nationals alive with a leaping catch at the wall to rob Elian Herrera of an extra-base hit that likely would have scored Khris Davis from first and won the game for Milwaukee.

Gomez popped out to end the 15th with Scooter Gennett on second.

Williams intentionally walked Jonathan Lucroy in both the 13th and 15th innings to face Gomez, and the move worked both times to end threats.

"He's one of the best hitters in the league," Williams said of Lucroy. "It's an opportunity to potentially get around him. We had to pick our poison there."

Washington had a chance to score in the 14th, putting runners on first and second with one out. Fiers got Danny Espinosa, who is 5 for 57 with runners in scoring position, to fly out and Jose Lobaton grounded out to end the inning.

The Nationals were down to their final five outs when Anthony Rendon hit his 12th homer of the year, a solo shot, to right-center off Will Smith with one out in the eighth to tie the score at 2.

That's when the bullpens took over. Neither team could get a runner in scoring position after Rendon's homer until the Brewers fruitless rally in the 13th.

The Brewers, who came into the series second in the NL in runs, lost 3-0 on Monday night.

Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo allowed one run, four hits and two walks with five strikeouts, leaving after throwing 104 pitches in six innings. In his last four starts, he is 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA.

Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann pitched six innings, allowing two runs, six hits and two walks while striking out nine. In his past three starts, he is 0-2 with a no-decision despite having a 2.14 ERA in those games.

Notes

Nats OF Bryce Harper (left thumb) went 2 for 3 with a home run and four RBIs in his second rehab start for Potomac against Salem. He fielded one ground ball single while playing center field. C Wilson Ramos (wrist) also played in the game and went 2 for 5 with two RBI. ... A foul tip from Gomez became lodged in the grill of Lobaton's mask in the second inning. Home plate umpire Andy Fletcher had to pull it from the mask. Gomez struck out on the next pitch.

 
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Carlos Gomez leaps but can't catch Anthony Rendon's solo home run in the eighth, which ties the game at 2.  (Getty Images)
Carlos Gomez leaps but can't catch Anthony Rendon's solo home run in the eighth, which ties the game at 2. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Washington

R. Zimmerman
AB 7
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Milwaukee

R. Braun
AB 6
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Denard Span, CF6110110 .268
Anthony Rendon, 3B7131011 .276
Jayson Werth, RF7001022 .271
Adam LaRoche, 1B6120121 .311
Ryan Zimmerman, LF7132022 .250
Ian Desmond, SS7020022 .236
Danny Espinosa, 2B7000033 .224
Jose Lobaton, C6000012 .214
Jordan Zimmermann, P2000010 .231
   a-Nate McLouth, PH1000010 .177
   Jerry Blevins, P0000000 .000
   Aaron Barrett, P0000000 .000
   Craig Stammen, P0000000 .250
   b-Scott Hairston, PH1000000 .333
   Ross Detwiler, P1000000 .000
   Drew Storen, P0000000 .000
   c-Greg Dobbs, PH1000000 .171
   Tyler Clippard, P0000000 .000
   Rafael Soriano, P0000000 .000
Totals594114216  
a-struck out for Zimmermann in the 7th
b-flied out for Stammen in the 10th
c-flied out for Storen in the 15th
Batting
HR - Anthony Rendon (12, Smith), Ryan Zimmerman (3, Fiers)
RBI - Anthony Rendon (43), Jayson Werth (34), Ryan Zimmerman 2 (18)
SB - Denard Span (13, 2nd base off Gallardo/Lucroy), Anthony Rendon (6, 2nd base off Duke/Lucroy), Ian Desmond (7, 2nd base off Gallardo/Lucroy)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Desmond-Espinosa-LaRoche, Desmond-Espinosa-LaRoche-Rendon-Espinosa-LaRoche, Desmond-Espinosa-LaRoche-Rendon-Espinosa-LaRoche-Desmond-Espinosa-LaRoche
E - Ian Desmond (14, Throwing)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jordan Zimmermann 6622290 2.95
Jerry Blevins 1000200 4.50
Aaron Barrett 1000110 1.69
Craig Stammen 1000020 2.52
Ross Detwiler 4200120 4.36
Drew Storen 1100000 1.07
Tyler Clippard (W,5-2) 1100100 2.06
Rafael Soriano (S,18) 1000010 1.13
IBB - Lucroy by Ross Detwiler, Lucroy by Tyler Clippard
Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Zimmermann 96-63, Jerry Blevins 21-10, Aaron Barrett 13-6, Craig Stammen 15-10, Ross Detwiler 46-32, Drew Storen 12-9, Tyler Clippard 12-7, Rafael Soriano 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Zimmermann 5-4, Jerry Blevins 1-0, Aaron Barrett 1-0, Ross Detwiler 6-3, Drew Storen 1-2, Tyler Clippard 1-2
Batters Faced - Jordan Zimmermann 26, Jerry Blevins 3, Aaron Barrett 3, Craig Stammen 3, Ross Detwiler 14, Drew Storen 4, Tyler Clippard 5, Rafael Soriano 3
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Scooter Gennett, 2B6010013 .306
Ryan Braun, RF6022111 .279
Jonathan Lucroy, C4010311 .330
Carlos Gomez, CF6000125 .306
Aramis Ramirez, 3B5010013 .290
   Tom Gorzelanny, P0000000 .000
   Mike Fiers, P1000000 .000
   a-Martin Maldonado, PH1000000 .264
Khris Davis, LF7010044 .253
Mark Reynolds, 1B3110120 .213
   Zach Duke, P0000000 .000
   Elian Herrera, 3B3010001 .232
Jean Segura, SS6110024 .245
Yovani Gallardo, P1000000 .115
   Robert Wooten, P0000000 .000
   b-Rickie Weeks, PH0000100 .265
   Will Smith, P0000000 .000
   Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
   Lyle Overbay, 1B3010010 .238
Totals522102715  
a-lined out for Fiers in the 16th
b-walked for Wooten in the 7th
Batting
2B - Aramis Ramirez (10, Zimmermann)
SH - Scooter Gennett (7), Yovani Gallardo (3)
RBI - Ryan Braun 2 (41)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Braun 2 (12)
CS - Ryan Braun (3, 2nd base by Blevins/Lobaton)
Team LOB - 11
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yovani Gallardo 6411250 3.23
Robert Wooten (H,9) 1000020 4.38
Will Smith (BS,4) 1211001 1.46
Francisco Rodriguez 1000020 2.29
Zach Duke 2100020 1.44
Tom Gorzelanny 1000010 0.00
Mike Fiers (L,0-1) 4422041 2.57
Pitches-Strikes - Yovani Gallardo 104-64, Robert Wooten 15-9, Will Smith 21-12, Francisco Rodriguez 13-8, Zach Duke 28-17, Tom Gorzelanny 14-9, Mike Fiers 59-41
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yovani Gallardo 7-6, Robert Wooten 1-0, Will Smith 2-1, Francisco Rodriguez 1-0, Zach Duke 2-2, Tom Gorzelanny 2-0, Mike Fiers 2-6
Batters Faced - Yovani Gallardo 24, Robert Wooten 3, Will Smith 5, Francisco Rodriguez 3, Zach Duke 7, Tom Gorzelanny 3, Mike Fiers 16
Game Information
Attendance - 30149
Game Time - 5:22
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Chris Segal, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Mark Wegner