Nelson strikes out 11 in Brewers' 1-0 win over Nationals

MILWAUKEE (AP) It took Jimmy Nelson 14 batters to start regularly throwing his fastball for strikes. Once he did, it was lights out for the Washington Nationals.

Nelson scattered three singles and struck out 11 over seven innings and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Nationals 1-0 on Friday night.

''I had to work around it and use my other pitches until I settled in and got that fastball command,'' Nelson (11-6) said.

The right-hander tied his career high in strikeouts while pitching out of trouble in the first three innings before settling down. He walked three and hit one batter, retiring 13 of the final 14 batters he faced.

Washington went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position in the first three innings before the Nationals' bats went quiet.

''Very rarely do you lose a game 1-0,'' Washington manager Dusty Baker said of his team, which hadn't lost 1-0 since Sept. 20, 2016 at Miami. ''Especially with our team and especially in the first inning. Usually, it doesn't hold up.''

Nelson's performance in the third inning was key. He walked two batters and hit Ryan Zimmerman with a pitch to load the bases with one out. That's when he started to throw his fastball for strikes, and he struck out Howie Kendrick and Jayson Werth to end the inning.

''As soon as he got his fastball locked in, he got on a pretty good roll,'' Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. ''He made huge pitches in that third inning.''

Neil Walker, obtained from the New York Mets on Aug. 12, homered in the first inning off Tanner Roark (11-9).

Rookie Josh Hader struck out the side in the eighth inning and Corey Knebel struck out the side in the ninth for his 32nd save in 37 chances. Knebel has not allowed a run in his last 19 outings.

''Both of those guys came out with their plus-plus stuff,'' Counsell said.

Zimmerman singled in the sixth, but was erased on a double play, and was the Nationals' only baserunner in the final six innings until Werth walked with two outs in the ninth.

Milwaukee remained 3 1/2 games behind Chicago in the NL Central after the Cubs beat Atlanta 2-0 on Friday.

Walker hit a 2-1 pitch into the right field stands with one out in the first inning, his 12th of the year. In 16 games since joining the team, he is batting .306 with two home runs and seven RBIs.

Roark allowed one run, five hits and one intentional walk while striking out 10 in seven innings.

''I have the utmost confidence in the guys here to score runs,'' Roark said. ''It was just one of those games. It happens.''

Washington struck out 17 times and Milwaukee 11.

BRAUN EJECTED

Ryan Braun was ejected in the fourth inning for arguing a called strike. He took a pitch that home plate umpire Mark Ripperger called a strike (for strike two). When he struck out swinging to end the at-bat he turned to Ripperger and complained, earning a quick ejection. Braun is hitting .136 (6 for 44) in his last 13 games.

MENDEZ UPDATE

Minor leaguer Julio Mendez is in critical but stable condition after being hit in the chest by a pitch last weekend. Milwaukee general manager David Stearns provided the update Friday. The 20-year-old Mendez suffered a cardiac event after being hit by the pitch on Aug. 26. The infielder was playing for a rookie-level affiliate in Arizona. He is being treated at a hospital in the Phoenix area.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: RHP Ryan Madson (finger sprain) and LHP Enny Romero (forearm strain) were reinstated from the 10-day DL. Baker said he was unsure when Madson would be available to pitch.

Brewers: C Andrew Susac (right trapezius strain) and LHP Brent Suter (rotator cuff strain) were reinstated from the 10-day DL.

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (13-5) has a 1.93 ERA in his last five starts, and will be on the mound for Washington Saturday in Game 3 of the four-game series.

Brewers: RHP Brandon Woodruff (1-1), recalled from the minors on Friday, will make his first major-league start since Aug. 19.

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  • W: J. Nelson (11-6)L: T. Roark (11-9)S: C. Knebel (32)
  • HR: MIL - N. Walker (12)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS30000120.279.328.429.7572.0
W. Difo 3B30000120.286.339.401.7400.0
D. Murphy 2B40100032.317.376.539.915-0.5
R. Zimmerman 1B30100021.300.356.556.9131.0
H. Kendrick LF40100024.339.387.506.8932.0
J. Werth RF30000124.257.358.448.8070.0
M. Taylor CF30000011.264.311.459.770-0.5
a- A. Lind PH10000011.298.353.498.851-0.5
J. Lobaton C20000110.153.226.274.5000.5
T. Roark P30000012.087.106.109.215-0.5
S. Solis P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Kintzler P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Taylor in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Sogard 2B40000020.285.394.410.804-1.0
N. Walker 1B31111000.271.349.446.7957.0
R. Braun LF20000020.270.335.484.820-1.0
H. Perez LF20100011.264.293.432.7240.5
T. Shaw 3B40000012.280.352.533.885-0.5
D. Santana RF30100010.274.368.476.8451.5
S. Vogt C30100010.243.302.425.7270.5
J. Villar CF30200010.241.295.377.6712.5
K. Broxton CF00000000.223.297.442.7390.0
O. Arcia SS20000103.272.318.408.7261.0
J. Nelson P20000022.091.107.091.198-1.0
a- J. Aguilar PH10000002.266.332.512.8440.0
J. Hader P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Knebel P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-flied out for Nelson in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Santana (24), J. Villar (16)
  • HR - N. Walker (12)
  • RBI - N. Walker (43)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Turner (38), H. Kendrick (11)
FIELDING
  • E - S. Vogt (7)
  • PB - S. Vogt (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Roark (L, 11-9)7.051111014.481.3217.0
S. Solis0.20000108.351.690.5
B. Kintzler0.11000002.871.17-1.0
PITCHERSIP
T. Roark (L, 11-9)7.0
S. Solis0.2
B. Kintzler0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Nelson (W, 11-6)7.030031103.591.2530.5
J. Hader (H, 7)1.00000301.391.084.5
C. Knebel (S, 32)1.00001301.251.1110.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Nelson (W, 11-6)7.0
J. Hader (H, 7)1.0
C. Knebel (S, 32)1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - T. Roark (5)
  • HBP - T. Roark (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Roark 105-69, S. Solis 11-8, B. Kintzler 9-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Roark 6-4
  • Batters Faced - T. Roark 27, S. Solis 2, B. Kintzler 2
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Nelson (4)
  • HBP - J. Nelson (8)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Nelson 100-64, J. Hader 12-11, C. Knebel 20-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Nelson 6-3
  • Batters Faced - J. Nelson 27, J. Hader 3, C. Knebel 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Turner SS30000120.279.328.429.7572.0
W. Difo 3B30000120.286.339.401.7400.0
D. Murphy 2B40100032.317.376.539.915-0.5
R. Zimmerman 1B30100021.300.356.556.9131.0
H. Kendrick LF40100024.339.387.506.8932.0
J. Werth RF30000124.257.358.448.8070.0
M. Taylor CF30000011.264.311.459.770-0.5
a- A. Lind PH10000011.298.353.498.851-0.5
J. Lobaton C20000110.153.226.274.5000.5
T. Roark P30000012.087.106.109.215-0.5
S. Solis P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Kintzler P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Taylor in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Sogard 2B40000020.285.394.410.804-1.0
N. Walker 1B31111000.271.349.446.7957.0
R. Braun LF20000020.270.335.484.820-1.0
H. Perez LF20100011.264.293.432.7240.5
T. Shaw 3B40000012.280.352.533.885-0.5
D. Santana RF30100010.274.368.476.8451.5
S. Vogt C30100010.243.302.425.7270.5
J. Villar CF30200010.241.295.377.6712.5
K. Broxton CF00000000.223.297.442.7390.0
O. Arcia SS20000103.272.318.408.7261.0
J. Nelson P20000022.091.107.091.198-1.0
a- J. Aguilar PH10000002.266.332.512.8440.0
J. Hader P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-flied out for Nelson in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Santana (24), J. Villar (16)
  • HR - N. Walker (12)
  • RBI - N. Walker (43)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Turner (38), H. Kendrick (11)
FIELDING
  • E - S. Vogt (7)
  • PB - S. Vogt (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Roark (L, 11-9)7.051111014.481.3217.0
S. Solis0.20000108.351.690.5
B. Kintzler0.11000002.871.17-1.0
Total8.06111111---
PITCHERSIP
T. Roark (L, 11-9)7.0
S. Solis0.2
B. Kintzler0.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Nelson (W, 11-6)7.030031103.591.2530.5
J. Hader (H, 7)1.00000301.391.084.5
C. Knebel (S, 32)1.00001301.251.1110.5
Total9.03004170---
PITCHERSIP
J. Nelson (W, 11-6)7.0
J. Hader (H, 7)1.0
C. Knebel (S, 32)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - T. Roark (5)
  • HBP - T. Roark (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Roark 105-69, S. Solis 11-8, B. Kintzler 9-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Roark 6-4
  • Batters Faced - T. Roark 27, S. Solis 2, B. Kintzler 2
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Nelson (4)
  • HBP - J. Nelson (8)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Nelson 100-64, J. Hader 12-11, C. Knebel 20-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Nelson 6-3
  • Batters Faced - J. Nelson 27, J. Hader 3, C. Knebel 4
  • 1ST INNING
    Walker homered to right center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Corey Knebel relieved Josh Hader
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Zimmerman struck out swinging
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kendrick struck out swinging
    • J. Werth: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Werth walked
    • Adam Lind hit for Michael Taylor
    • A. Lind: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lind struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Josh Hader pitching
    • Keon Broxton in center
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Turner struck out on foul tip
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Difo struck out swinging
    • D. Murphy: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Sammy Solis relieved Tanner Roark
    • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Sogard struck out looking
    • N. Walker: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Walker fouled out to first
    • Brandon Kintzler relieved Sammy Solis
    • H. Perez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Perez singled to center
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Shaw flied out to deep center
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Nelson Pitching:
    • M. Taylor: Taylor grounded out to second
    • J. Lobaton: Ball, Lobaton grounded out to first
    • T. Roark: Ball, Roark grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • D. Santana: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
    • S. Vogt: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Vogt struck out swinging
    • J. Villar: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Villar doubled to left
    • O. Arcia: Arcia intentionally walked
    • Jesus Aguilar hit for Jimmy Nelson
    • J. Aguilar: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Aguilar flied out to deep center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Nelson Pitching:
    • R. Zimmerman: Zimmerman singled to left
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kendrick grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Zimmerman out at second
    • J. Werth: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Werth fouled out to catcher
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Ball, Sogard grounded out to second
    • N. Walker: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Walker hit by pitch
    • H. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Shaw flied out to deep left
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Hernan Perez in left
    • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Turner struck out looking
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Difo struck out on foul tip
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Murphy struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • D. Santana: Santana doubled to deep left
    • S. Vogt: Ball, Strike swinging, Vogt singled to right center, Santana to third
    • J. Villar: Strike looking, Ball, Villar reached on bunt single to pitcher, Vogt to second
    • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Arcia grounded into double play catcher to first, Santana out at home, Vogt to third, Villar to second
    • J. Nelson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Nelson struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Nelson Pitching:
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Strike looking, Taylor grounded bunt out to pitcher
    • J. Lobaton: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Lobaton struck out looking
    • T. Roark: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Roark struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • N. Walker: Strike looking, Ball, Walker grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Braun: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Braun struck out swinging
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Shaw struck out looking
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Nelson Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Turner walked
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Turner stole second, Strike swinging, Turner to third on passed ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Difo walked
    • D. Murphy: Foul, Pickoff attempt to second, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
    • R. Zimmerman: Pickoff attempt to second, Pickoff attempt to second, Ball, Zimmerman hit by pitch, Difo to second
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Kendrick struck out looking
    • J. Werth: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Werth struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • O. Arcia: Arcia flied out to left
    • J. Nelson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Nelson struck out swinging
    • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Sogard grounded out to first
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Nelson Pitching:
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kendrick singled to right
    • J. Werth: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Werth struck out swinging
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Kendrick to third on catcher Vogt fielding error, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • J. Lobaton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Lobaton walked
    • T. Roark: Ball, Roark flied out to left
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • D. Santana: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Santana grounded out to first
    • S. Vogt: Ball, Strike looking, Vogt grounded out to second
    • J. Villar: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Villar struck out looking
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Nelson Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Turner grounded out to shortstop
    • W. Difo: Ball, Difo lined out to shortstop
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Foul, Murphy singled to right
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Murphy to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Zimmerman struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • E. Sogard: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Sogard struck out looking
    • N. Walker: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Walker homered to right center
    • R. Braun: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Braun struck out looking
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Shaw flied out to deep center
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)