The suddenly surging
Nelson, who has just two quality starts in his last eight outings, allowed three runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings, but managed to win in Cincinnati. He walked one and fanned five.
He had allowed only a home run to Marlon Byrd through four, but an Ivan De Jesus blast in the fifth and Byrd run-scoring single in the sixth weakened his performance.
Nelson has surrendered 18 runs in his last 28 1/3 innings pitched, yet he has won three straight starts.
Nelson allowed four runs on six hits over five innings of work. He also struck out three and walked two during the outing. He did not surrender a home run and he is now 5-8 with a 4.48 ERA.
Monday was his second win in a row. Over his last three starts, Nelson has given up a total of eight runs over 18 innings of work.
Nelson went eight innings, marking the third time he's done so this year. He allowed two hits, one walk and struck out five batters. The two hits allowed was a stark contrast from the 21 he allowed over his previous two starts.
"He was just good all night," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said, via MLB.com. "That's what gets you excited about him. He's been a little uneven this year, but he's still a young pitcher, and it was a great night for him to build on and to know what's in there."
Nelson now has a 4.34 ERA this season.
It was not a night to remember for
It's the second straight start Nelson has allowed double-digit hits, after getting racked for 10 hits by the Nationals last Saturday. In his five innings of work Thursday, Nelson lasted just five innings and did not record a strikeout.
Nelson has now lost four of his last five decisions to fall to 3-8 on the campaign and his ERA rose to 4.64.
Staked with a 2-1 lead, Nelson gave it right back, allowing home runs to Washington's Yunel Escobar and Wilson Ramos as part of his five-inning, seven-run outing. Nelson is now 3-7 on the season with a 4.60 ERA.
Nelson lasted just 89 pitches, striking out three and walking two while managing to throw just 13 first-pitch strikes to the 29 batters he faced.
"It is just unacceptable," Nelson said, per MLB.com. "I just have to be more consistent. I have to be better. Not just next time out, but every one of my outings.
"That's the frustrating part to me right now. I'm working hard to get that consistency, but the last couple of weeks it has been up and down. That's the most frustrating thing right now. I'm just going to keep working."
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