Cain, Brewers top Nationals 6-0; Rendon ejected in return

MILWAUKEE (AP) Lorenzo Cain expected a first-pitch curveball from Stephen Strasburg with the bases loaded and two outs in a scoreless game Tuesday night.

Instead, Strasburg threw Cain a fastball down the middle that he hit down the right-field line to clear the bases, and the Milwaukee Brewers went on to beat the Washington Nationals 6-0 for their fifth straight win.

''He had all his pitches working tonight. It was just filthy tonight,'' Cain said. ''I'm glad I was able to come through with a big knock there and open the floodgates.''

Nationals star Anthony Rendon had a rough and frustrating return to the lineup after missing 14 games because of a bruised left elbow caused when he was hit by a pitch. His first time up, he was plunked on the left triceps by Adrian Houser, with the pitch barely missing Rendon's left elbow.

With two on and two outs in the seventh, Rendon was called out on strikes and immediately turned to argue with plate umpire CB Bucknor. Rendon pointed with his bat to a spot in the dirt off the plate before being ejected.

''I just told him he was wrong. Maybe a couple other words,'' Rendon said. ''I know better in that situation not to get tossed but he definitely got the best of me.''

Washington manager Dave Martinez rushed to intervene but arrived too late.

''I couldn't come out fast enough,'' Martinez said. ''He felt like he had an argument there and he's frustrated. I'm not going to blame him for that. It was unfortunate.''

After meeting with reporters following the game, Rendon taped two printed screen shots showing the pitch in question, one from the mound and other from the umpire's angle, both of which show the ball to be outside the strike zone.

Bucknor had left Miller Park by the time Rendon finished talking.

Houser, making his second spot start of the season, pitched two innings before giving way to Freddy Peralta (2-1), who didn't allow a run over five innings. Burch Smith finished it off by shutting out the Nationals for the final two innings.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said he employed the pitching strategy to try something out of the ordinary with Peralta, who gave up nine runs in four innings in his last start.

''This was just to give him kind of a different feel going into the game,'' Counsell said. ''He threw a ton of strikes.''

Strasburg (3-2) struck out 11 before the Brewers struck for six runs in the seventh. Cain's drive finished Strasburg and reliever Dan Jennings gave up an RBI single to Mike Moustakas. Milwaukee added two more runs in the inning on Ben Gamel's bases-loaded walk and Jesus Aguilar's RBI single off Justin Miller.

''Strasburg was really, really good,'' Martinez said. ''He had everything working today. He just gave up one unfortunate hit.''

ROSTER MOVES

The Nationals reinstated Rendon from the 10-day injured list before the game. Washington also recalled right-hander Erick Fedde from Double-A Harrisburg and optioned rookie infielder Carter Kieboom to Triple-A Fresno.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: Placed LHP Tony Sipp on the 10-day injured list with a strained oblique. ''We have to get him right,'' manager Dave Martinez said. ... C Yan Gomes, who was hit on the left arm by a pitch in Monday's game, sat out. ... LF Andrew Stevenson was also out of the lineup. He left in the fourth inning of Monday's game due to back spasms.

Brewers: Cain returned to the lineup after missing a game with a bruised left hand. He was hit by a pitch in Sunday's game against the Mets. ... RHP Aaron Wilkerson (left foot injury) pitched five scoreless innings in a rehab assignment for Triple-A San Antonio on Tuesday night. He gave up three hits and one walk, while striking out three.

PAINFUL PITCH

Strasburg hit Aguilar on the left hip with a pitch in the seventh. The ball ricocheted off Aguilar and hit Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki in the ear. Suzuki remained down for a few minutes and was examined by a team trainer but stayed in the game. ''He's got a little cut,'' Martinez said. ''No damage inside the ear. He's tough. He didn't want to come out.''

UP NEXT

Nationals: Jeremy Hellickson (2-0, 5.33 ERA) will get the start in the three-game series finale on Wednesday afternoon. Hellickson is 3-1 with a 4.26 ERA in seven career starts against the Brewers.

Brewers: Brandon Woodruff (4-1, 4.71) will make his eighth start of the season. Woodruff is 1-0 with a 0.71 ERA in three career games (one start) against the Nationals.

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  • W: F. Peralta (2-1)L: S. Strasburg (3-2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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V. Robles RF40200002.269.312.477.7892.0
A. Rendon 3B30000023.342.433.7111.1440.0
A. Sanchez 3B00000000.250.250.250.5000.0
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K. Suzuki C30000102.270.319.540.8591.0
B. Dozier 2B30000121.176.294.324.6180.0
W. Difo SS30000112.232.305.316.6210.5
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    L. Cain CF41130101.259.319.408.7277.0
    C. Yelich RF31100120.342.449.7721.2212.0
    M. Moustakas 2B41110012.267.338.533.8722.5
    Y. Grandal C30000122.257.351.434.7850.0
    B. Gamel LF30110120.301.389.410.7992.0
    J. Aguilar 1B31110001.181.282.309.5904.0
    B. Smith P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    T. Shaw 3B31100113.177.266.306.5732.5
    O. Arcia SS41100012.242.293.395.6881.5
    A. Houser P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    F. Peralta P20100010.250.250.250.5000.5
    a- E. Thames PH-1B20000023.230.348.446.794-1.0
    • a-struck out for Peralta in the 7th
    BATTING
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Eaton 2 (2), A. Rendon 2 (2), K. Suzuki 2 (2), W. Difo, S. Strasburg 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - L. Cain (10)
    • RBI - L. Cain 3 (17), M. Moustakas (22), B. Gamel (8), J. Aguilar (14)
    • 2-Out RBI - L. Cain 3 (10), M. Moustakas (13), B. Gamel (5), J. Aguilar (2)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Grandal 2 (2), T. Shaw 3 (3), O. Arcia 2 (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Difo-Dozier-Kendrick)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Arcia-Moustakas-Aguilar)
    • E - O. Arcia (5)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Strasburg (L, 3-2)6.264421103.711.066.5
    D. Jennings0.012230016.884.13-6.0
    J. Miller0.11000003.551.18-1.0
    J. Ross1.000001010.802.163.5
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Strasburg (L, 3-2)6.2
    D. Jennings0.0
    J. Miller0.1
    J. Ross1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Houser2.02001406.141.915.0
    F. Peralta (W, 2-1)5.03002506.751.6119.5
    B. Smith2.00000100.000.006.5
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Houser2.0
    F. Peralta (W, 2-1)5.0
    B. Smith2.0
    PITCHING
    • IBB - D. Jennings
    • HBP - S. Strasburg
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 106-67, D. Jennings 16-4, J. Miller 11-5, J. Ross 16-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 5-3, J. Ross 1-1
    • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 28, D. Jennings 4, J. Miller 2, J. Ross 3
    PITCHING
    • HBP - A. Houser
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Houser 35-22, F. Peralta 80-56, B. Smith 19-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Houser 1-1, F. Peralta 5-5, B. Smith 2-3
    • Batters Faced - A. Houser 10, F. Peralta 20, B. Smith 6
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    V. Robles RF40200002.269.312.477.7892.0
    A. Rendon 3B30000023.342.433.7111.1440.0
    A. Sanchez 3B00000000.250.250.250.5000.0
    H. Kendrick 1B40000012.320.386.560.946-0.5
    J. Ross P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    K. Suzuki C30000102.270.319.540.8591.0
    B. Dozier 2B30000121.176.294.324.6180.0
    W. Difo SS30000112.232.305.316.6210.5
    M. Taylor CF40100021.121.216.152.3680.0
    S. Strasburg P30100012.133.235.200.4350.5
    D. Jennings P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    J. Miller P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    J. Noll 1B10000000.091.167.182.3480.0
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      L. Cain CF41130101.259.319.408.7277.0
      C. Yelich RF31100120.342.449.7721.2212.0
      M. Moustakas 2B41110012.267.338.533.8722.5
      Y. Grandal C30000122.257.351.434.7850.0
      B. Gamel LF30110120.301.389.410.7992.0
      J. Aguilar 1B31110001.181.282.309.5904.0
      B. Smith P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      T. Shaw 3B31100113.177.266.306.5732.5
      O. Arcia SS41100012.242.293.395.6881.5
      A. Houser P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      F. Peralta P20100010.250.250.250.5000.5
      a- E. Thames PH-1B20000023.230.348.446.794-1.0
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      • a-struck out for Peralta in the 7th
      BATTING
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Eaton 2 (2), A. Rendon 2 (2), K. Suzuki 2 (2), W. Difo, S. Strasburg 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - L. Cain (10)
      • RBI - L. Cain 3 (17), M. Moustakas (22), B. Gamel (8), J. Aguilar (14)
      • 2-Out RBI - L. Cain 3 (10), M. Moustakas (13), B. Gamel (5), J. Aguilar (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Grandal 2 (2), T. Shaw 3 (3), O. Arcia 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Difo-Dozier-Kendrick)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Arcia-Moustakas-Aguilar)
      • E - O. Arcia (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Strasburg (L, 3-2)6.264421103.711.066.5
      D. Jennings0.012230016.884.13-6.0
      J. Miller0.11000003.551.18-1.0
      J. Ross1.000001010.802.163.5
      Total8.08665120---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Strasburg (L, 3-2)6.2
      D. Jennings0.0
      J. Miller0.1
      J. Ross1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Houser2.02001406.141.915.0
      F. Peralta (W, 2-1)5.03002506.751.6119.5
      B. Smith2.00000100.000.006.5
      Total9.05003100---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Houser2.0
      F. Peralta (W, 2-1)5.0
      B. Smith2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - D. Jennings
      • HBP - S. Strasburg
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 106-67, D. Jennings 16-4, J. Miller 11-5, J. Ross 16-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 5-3, J. Ross 1-1
      • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 28, D. Jennings 4, J. Miller 2, J. Ross 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - A. Houser
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Houser 35-22, F. Peralta 80-56, B. Smith 19-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Houser 1-1, F. Peralta 5-5, B. Smith 2-3
      • Batters Faced - A. Houser 10, F. Peralta 20, B. Smith 6
      • 7TH INNING
        Aguilar singled to left, Moustakas scored, Grandal to third, Gamel to second06
        Gamel walked, Yelich scored, Moustakas to third, Grandal to second05
        Moustakas singled to center, Cain scored, Yelich to third04
        Cain doubled to shallow right, Aguilar, Shaw and Arcia scored, Cain to third03
      • 9TH INNING
        • B. Smith Pitching:
        • W. Difo: Ball, Strike looking, Difo grounded out to first
        • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
        • J. Noll: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Noll lined out to left
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Burch Smith pitching
        • H. Kendrick: Ball, Strike looking, Kendrick grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Suzuki: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Suzuki flied out to deep center
        • B. Dozier: Dozier lined out to left
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Joe Ross pitching
        • Jake Noll at first base
        • O. Arcia: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Arcia flied out to deep left
        • E. Thames: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Thames struck out swinging
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Cain grounded out to third
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • F. Peralta Pitching:
        • M. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Taylor fouled out to catcher
        • S. Strasburg: Strasburg safe at first on shortstop Arcia fielding error
        • A. Eaton: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Eaton singled to center, Strasburg to second
        • V. Robles: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Robles popped out to third
        • A. Rendon: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Rendon struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • Adrian Sanchez at third base
        • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gamel struck out looking
        • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Aguilar hit by pitch
        • T. Shaw: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Shaw singled to left, Aguilar to second
        • O. Arcia: Ball, Arcia singled to right, Aguilar to third, Shaw to second
        • Eric Thames hit for Freddy Peralta
        • E. Thames: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Thames struck out swinging
        • L. Cain: Cain doubled to shallow right, Aguilar, Shaw and Arcia scored, Cain to third
        • Dan Jennings relieved Stephen Strasburg
        • C. Yelich: Ball, Ball, Ball, Yelich intentionally walked
        • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Moustakas singled to center, Cain scored, Yelich to third
        • Y. Grandal: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Grandal walked, Moustakas to second
        • B. Gamel: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gamel walked, Yelich scored, Moustakas to third, Grandal to second
        • Justin Miller relieved Dan Jennings
        • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Aguilar singled to left, Moustakas scored, Grandal to third, Gamel to second
        • T. Shaw: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Shaw fouled out to first
        • End of the 7th (6 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • F. Peralta Pitching:
        • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Kendrick lined out to left
        • K. Suzuki: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Suzuki walked
        • B. Dozier: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • W. Difo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Difo grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Strasburg Pitching:
        • C. Yelich: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Yelich struck out swinging
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike swinging, Moustakas grounded bunt out to third
        • Y. Grandal: Grandal fouled out to third
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • F. Peralta Pitching:
        • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Eaton flied out to left
        • V. Robles: Ball, Strike swinging, Robles reached on bunt single to pitcher
        • A. Rendon: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Rendon grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Robles out at second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Strasburg Pitching:
        • O. Arcia: Ball, Foul, Arcia grounded out to shortstop
        • F. Peralta: Peralta singled to left center
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Cain grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Peralta out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • F. Peralta Pitching:
        • K. Suzuki: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Suzuki flied out to left
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • W. Difo: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Difo walked
        • M. Taylor: Foul, Taylor singled to shallow left, Difo to second
        • S. Strasburg: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Strasburg struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Strasburg Pitching:
        • B. Gamel: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gamel struck out looking
        • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Aguilar flied out to center
        • T. Shaw: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Shaw struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • Freddy Peralta relieved Adrian Houser
        • V. Robles: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Robles grounded out to third
        • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
        • H. Kendrick: Kendrick grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Strasburg Pitching:
        • F. Peralta: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Peralta struck out swinging
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cain walked
        • C. Yelich: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Yelich singled to right, Cain to second
        • M. Moustakas: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
        • Y. Grandal: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Grandal struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • A. Houser Pitching:
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked
        • W. Difo: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Difo struck out swinging
        • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
        • S. Strasburg: Ball, Strasburg singled to right center, Dozier to third
        • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Eaton flied out to left
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Strasburg Pitching:
        • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Grandal struck out looking
        • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Gamel reached on an infield single to first
        • J. Aguilar: Ball, Aguilar flied out to right
        • T. Shaw: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Shaw walked, Gamel to second
        • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Arcia struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • A. Houser Pitching:
        • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Eaton struck out swinging
        • V. Robles: Ball, Robles singled to center
        • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rendon hit by pitch, Robles to second
        • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kendrick struck out swinging
        • K. Suzuki: Foul, Foul, Ball, Suzuki reached on fielder's choice to third, Rendon out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Strasburg Pitching:
        • L. Cain: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cain grounded out to catcher
        • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Yelich struck out swinging
        • M. Moustakas: Moustakas grounded out to third
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)